Monday, March 13, 2006

A Different Kind Of Pig


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This little girl was trying to walk her guinea pig on a leash. The guinea pig was having none of it and promptly braked with all four stubby legs.

The fair is full of unusual sights.

We are off to the swine show in about 40 minutes (it's 6:20 am as I write).

I'll update later in the day with a post about the show.


UPDATE: 1335 HOURS

JUST TO SHOW THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, JR'S PIG WON A BETTER (RED) RIBBON THAN KATIE'S PIG. KATIE GOT A WHITE, WHICH IS KIND OF LIKE SAYING "GLAD YOU STOPPED BY".

WE WERE ALL CONVINCED THAT KATE'S PIG WAS FAR AND AWAY THE BETTER OF THE TWO PIGS. WEIRD. PICS OF THE SHOW WILL SHOW UP HERE LATER TODAY.

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16 comments:

Zanne said...

Walking a guinea pig. What fun!
Guinea pigs (a larger breed) are raised as food in South America. Fried guinea pig is a delicacy in Peru - - - but don't tell this little girl, ok?

vicki said...

What a wonderful series of fair photos, FC. Makes me wish I was there, most definitely! I love the lop, the steer remind me of childhood days on my grandparent's dairy farm in Ohio and goats- well, goats are just too cool with those rectangular irises. I'm so pleased that you and the kids are enjoying fair week- and sharing it with us. Thanks.

vicki said...

Oh-BTW- we own the World's Oldest Guinea Pig, named Millie. She's going straight from here to the G book of World Records. She's 7 and still going strong and she reports she would have nothing to do with a leash, ever.

Laura said...

I'm really enjoying these pictures of the fair. It gets me away from this citified suburban neighborhood I'm currently living in!

Rexroth's Daughter said...

I just love the critters that kids choose to raise and show at the fair. That guinea pig is just too cute. And the earnestness of the kids just knocks me out.

Leslie said...

Looking forward to hearing the news from the swine show.

All of these animals look fantastic. Thank you so much for taking the pics and sharing them with us.

Likes2mtnbike said...

One of the first people I met when I got my first apartment at The Bayou (an old Tampa spot) back in the day walked her guinea pig on a leash. She said it was because she was shy and the guinea pig helped her meet people. Pig seemed not to mind.
The also sell these leashes for lizards. We found a non-native iguana in the garden near our old home and took it in. DEFINITLY don't want to try and walk an iguana!

pablo said...

Well, surely these judgments are made based on objective standards (aren't they?). Junior's pig just fit the standards better, right?

Floridacracker said...

Zanne,
I'll never forget an ancient National Geo article I read as a kid. In it, a Peruvian was holding a fat white guinea pig and the caption expained how it was a future meal.

Vicki,
Good job on Millie. I've had a few...love their excited whistle when they see you.

Laura,
Glad it helps. More to come!

Leslie,
It's just a small sample.

Likes2,
When I was single, I knew the value of a puppy as a "chick magnet"...never thought of a guinea pig (much less an iguana) on a leash.


Pablo,
Yes, and the judge explains most of his decisions and gives advice for doing better in future shows as well as improving the breed. Unfortunately, he can't do that for each and every pig, and we don't really know what it was about Mia that eliminated her from the ring so soon.
He's a good fair judge tho.

doubleknot said...

Too bad the pigs didn't win the best ribbons - from your blog I can see they got the best care.
Now a guinea pig on a leash? Never heard of it but the world is large and there are things I do not know.
Thanks for posting the fair pictures they are great. I can almost smell the saw dust and cows - didn't really like the smell of the chickens though.

Hick said...

Congrats to your son.

Do you eat the pigs now?

...was that politically incorrect? Sorry. Just wondered how that whole thing plays out...especially since we have all become attached to your pigs.

Floridacracker said...

Doubleknot,
I have a little more on the fair and then it'll be done.

Hick,
Political incorrectness is welcome here...I'm about sick of it. Hey, we could never knowingly eat these piggles. Anonymous saran wrapped packages of ribs from the grocery...no problem.

Call me Mr. Hypocrite...

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That's a first...a guinnea pig on a leash. I would have never imagined a guinnea pig at the fair, but I guess kids choose all kinds of animals to raise.

Glad to hear that your girls won some ribbons for their pigs. You just never know how the pigs will be judged.

Does the Wednesday Auction mean that this is where someone will bid on your pigs? If so, I think that it would be hard for me to say goodbye to my pig.
Great fair pictures.

roger said...

great fair pictures. the kids, and the parents who support them, could save our country yet.

i'll bet you have pie and cake and pickle and flower competition at the fair too.

Floridacracker said...

Abandoned,
Local businesses will bid at higher than market prices to support the kids.

DPR,
There's a lot of good things about this fair experience, you make a good point...and yes there is also art, crafts, and food competition.

benning said...

I liked the image of the girl trying to walk her guinea pig. Now, that's clever! :D

Nice fair!