On The Wagon!
Old Town, San Diego
We saw, and met, a whole cast of characters on our vacation.
San Diego Convention Center in background
We rode the trolley most days to the downtown area of San Diego and got our fill of local color.
One of our most memorable meet and greets was this little guy...
May I introduce you to...
Commodore Piggly III, age nine months.
Piggly, as he is fondly referred to, lives on a boat in the marina that is part of the Chula Vista RV Resort. He lives with his people and a cat.
Every day, twice a day like clockwork, Piggly takes his 'dad' for a walk.
The purpose of these walks is three-fold. Not only are they good exercise, they also serve as meal times and good manners training.
Piggly gets trained and fed at the same time. He comes when called and gets rewarded with bits of his meal of rabbit food.
His owner states that a pig will eat constantly as long as he has access to food. That is the reason there are so many pot belly pigs that are obese.
You can control their weight and he expects Piggly to weigh, when full grown, no more than fifty pounds. This is a healthy weight for a small pig. This isn't to say that Piggly doesn't get a treat from time to time, just that he isn't eating constantly.
Piggly knows to wait at the curb and not to cross the street until he is given the command to do so.
He wears a harness and a leash, but the leash mostly drags behind him. He listens to commands and obeys them immediately as he knows he will be rewarded with his food...and Piggly will do anything for his food!
Piggly is very intelligent. His owner says he is, by far, easier to train than most dogs he has had. He was using a litter box the first week and then knew to go outside after that.
During his walks he encounters a lot of dogs but has no interest in meeting them. Oddly enough the dogs don't seem to bother him either.
Another fact about pigs is that they are not susceptible to fleas and ticks. Their skin is so thick, especially as they age, that it can not be penetrated. They very rarely need to go to the vet except to get their initial vaccinations.
It was always a treat to see Piggly walking through the park and became a regular occurrence with our morning coffee...
...and this little piggy...wagging his tail and making the sweet little piggy noises that piggies make...takes himself, sniffling and snuffling...all the way home.
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