Here's a more expansive view of our new pig. She has quite the cute little face attached to that nose you saw yesterday.
Bear thinks she is the oddest dog he's ever met ... this is his first pig encounter. I have a little video of the initial meeting, but it has to wait for a faster connection.
For newbie readers, Junior is in FFA and will raise this pig to show in the Suwannee River Livestock Fair in March. By then she will need to be between 230-280 pounds to make it into the fair.
At the fair, pigs are auctioned off at inflated prices to benefit the kids. Local businesses, politicians, and organizations do the bidding. I'm thinking that this year might produce lower bids due to the economy.
Yes, newbies, the auction is the end of our relationship. She is not a pet, even though we will mostly spoil her for the next 4 months.
Bear Meets Pig.
There was lots of barking and it was cool to see Bear all alert with hackles up. He has become a pretty impressive watch dog, with a deep bark.
Still a gentle, goofy, sweet pup underneath though.
The pig took the meeting in stride. The pig farmers had herding collies so she is used to dogs and even though Bear was a lot bigger, the pig was not impressed.
By the way, we took Bear home to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving and even with beaucoup people and food set about on trays at his level, he was angelic. I was a little worried about that ... I had visions of him helping himself off the table or sweeping plates of food off the trays with his amazing tail.
None of that happened though and his Grandparents want him to return often.
Back to the pig ...
I love her face. She may have the neatest face markings of any of the pigs we have raised. The pink mark on her back was to ID her for Jr. The pig farmer is a friend and had picked this one out for Jr.
The boy has connections and knows how to schmooze.
This reposted pic is just for Miz S who had nice things to say about my DNAlings from the Saturday post. I thought she might get a kick of the before pic.