Guess who got a mention (well kinda – more like a link) in The Huffington Post yesterday? We did! How exciting!!! I think we’re officially famous 😉 Seriously though, it’s pretty exciting to get linked to by The Huffington Post!
We got an email from our friend Ziggy the Piggy yesterday, alerting us about an article that was written about his life. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ziggy, he is a 250 pound pig that used to live here on island. The Huffington Post posted a story about his life yesterday. Here’s what they had to say…
Well-Traveled 250-Pound Pig, Who’s Flown Private, Is Living The Good Life
About a year ago, Kristin Hartness and Jay Yontz, and their 5-year-old pig Ziggy, found themselves in quite a pickle.
The home they’d been renting for years on the island of St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, had been sold, and the trio was having a tough time locking down substitute accommodations.
“We tried very hard to find a new place to rent. But as you can imagine it’s not easy to find a place that will rent to people with a 250-pound pig,” says Hartness.
So the couple and their big porcine baby did what they felt was their best option: They chartered a plane to the mainland to the tune of about $14,000, bought a motor home, and then headed out on the adventure of a lifetime.
“We aren’t rich but chartering was in fact the only option we could find,” Hartness says. “The choice between that and getting rid of him was a no-brainer.”
Moving like this is just one of the unplanned-for things in this family’s life.
Back half a decade ago, when Hartness was looking to acquire a pet pig, she found Ziggy — listed for sale as a teacup pig who was never going to get large. Like just about every animal who’s been advertised as such, this turned out to be an utter fiction, and he soon got extremely large.
Lucky for Ziggy — well, really, lucky for everyone — the piggy’s human parents were besotted.
“He is our boy and no matter what happens he will always be by our side,” says Hartness, who dreams of opening an animal sanctuary for pets like Ziggy, except whose families aren’t in a position — or aren’t inclined — to comport their lives around a pig.
And for those of you who missed our story about Ziggy, please click here to read it … This is the story that The Huffington Post linked to. 🙂