Goats, rats, gerbils, cats, dogs and a skink that seems to hate me have all been my pets at one time or another, but I’ve never had a pig.
I may have dated a few, but I’ve never had one as a pet.
Actually, using the term “pig” as a putdown is quite rude—to the pig.
“Pigs really do deserve more respect,” says Marana’s Taryn Ashley, who has four pigs of her own at home, and more than 500 at her job at the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, a pig-rescue haven near the Red Rock exit on Interstate 10. She’s always been a dog person, but once she started working with pigs, she was amazed at the bond they create with their owners.
“As you need to care for them and be there for them, it seems they also understand that they need to be there for you,” she explains. “They can read people very well and are great at responding to your actions.”
Tucson’s Cerise Wilson, who has two pet pigs at her midtown home, adds that pigs are smart, funny—and emotional. “Pigs are very sensitive,” she says. “They get their feelings hurt.”
I officially withdraw my pig putdown.