Its very cute … Now.
Its very little … Now.
Everybody is excited about the new addition … Except for me.
We did this last year. Baby piglets born, one is the runt and needs saving and suddenly everyone else is at school or work and I’m at home with the piglet. It was hard work. And even though Bebe (last years runt) is now a solid, friendly, easy pig to look after, we decided that we wouldn’t do it again. It’s hard work.
The next litter of piglets to another sow was successful and we stood strong. Only 7 in the litter, but mum was good, she had heaps of spare teats and the runt was coping well. They are now 5-6 weeks old and all doing great.
However, 5 days ago we had 11 live piglets born to our original mum, and this time the runt isn’t doing so well. Skinny, a sore leg where it’s probably been squashed by mum, and this morning as I’m hurriedly trying to get the kids out the door, hubby runs in with the wee boar under his jacket …
Everybody goes to school and work VERY excited, and I am left at home with the piglet.
- Nevermind that we have no feed in the house for it – I’ll just get some.
- Nevermind that it’s only ever drunk from its mums teats before, I’ll just teach it to slurp from a container.
- Nevermind that it requires 6 feeds a day, I had nothing else to do anyway.
- Nevermind that it’s got a swollen and bruised leg, I’ll just add that to the list of things to worry about.
This is a common theme!
Granted not many of you are looking after pet piglets, but we all know this scenario with kittens and puppies, birds, rabbits, goldfish. Whenever there is a new addition to the house everyone is excited, but then ultimately it once more becomes mums responsibility to make sure that it doesn’t starve, that it’s ‘business’ is cleaned up, that the sleeping areas are cleaned, that there is enough food, water, exercise, and if you go away on holiday, it becomes mums responsibility to find the pet sitter.
Pets are great for kids – they are. We have a lot of pets and I, for the most part, love it. But I’m under no illusion over who is in charge of our pets, or who actually owns them. And it’s NOT my kids.
So, I’m off to make some more milk for the wee piglet, to try and keep it alive, because that’s what mums do, and I’ll just add it to the menagerie and the juggle …. Until it’s big enough to go back in the pig pen!
And that is definitely going to happen!
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