Today being National Pig Day made me realize how much I miss our pig, Miss Amy. She died on Thanksgiving last year. We got her when she was 8 weeks old in 2003. She was a pot belly pig that reached about 250 pounds. She wasn’t crazy about people she didn’t know but once she recognized you she was known to “talk” loudly to get your attention. When she “talked” it was like a loud squeak – which was weird because I never new they made that sound. I always thought they made an “oink” sound because of that old song – “Old McDonald Had a Farm”. Anyway, Miss Amy was fed food specially made for pot belly pigs but she loved treats like vegetables, fruit and even dog food if you can believe it. Here is a picture we found of Mac holding Miss Amy when she was about a year old. Cute – isn’t she!
* National Pig Day is an event held annually on March 1 in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” The holiday is most often celebrated in the Midwest.
National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at “pig parties” where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs’ honor. According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, National Pig Day is on the same day as pseudo-holidays Share a Smile day and Peanut Butter Lover’s day. The question of whether the holiday is a time to honor pigs by “giving them a break” or to appreciate their offerings (spare ribs, bacon and ham) is an open question.