A mini pig crawl

Have you ever seen a mini pig crawl? It’s quite amusing.


Coccolino only “crawls” when there is something under a chair that he wants and he needs to get down on his knees to get it. This happens often since there are hidden gems crumbs under chairs around here, particularly the kids’ chairs. It’s convenient to have a pig that knows how to clean.


This time, however, Coccolino was trying to get a tub of pill paste that I have for my sister’s dog that requires a daily pill (there is another tub in the picture on my son’s truck but that escaped Cocco’s attention).

He pushed it all over the kitchen floor with his snout, much like a hockey stick to a puck. Under chairs and more chairs.


Unfortunately for Cocco, the tub just wouldn’t open. Finally something this strong mini pig jaw and snout couldn’t penetrate!


Reminder: Today is the last day to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already. Tomorrow (a little later in morning/early afternoon), the winner will be announced.

Enter here (look for the giveaway post) if you haven’t already!

This post is part of Thoughtless Thursday’s blog hop organized by Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky!


~ Katie


A s’mores snout

So the other day the whole family did a little campfire in the backyard. They had s’mores, I had crumbs.



The marshmallows they used were gigantic (look compared to a marble) and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t sink my teeth into one of my own.


Then one of the s’mores looked like this and all I could hear was laughing.


Or really, laughing at ME. Something about the roasted marshmallow resembling my snout? Huh? My snout is much more beautiful than this gooey, edible marshmallow.

I don’t know what they’re thinking.

OH – remember you have until the end of the day on Thursday to enter the giveaway!

~ Coccolino the super cute mini pig with a super cute(r) snout


An emergency cat visit to the vet for Lacci

Poor Lacci had to go to the emergency vet clinic on Sunday.

Saturday morning, everything was as usual. After breakfast and some scratches for Lacci, Pizzico and the loud and demanding piggy, I took the kids out for the day. When we got home in the early evening, I knew something was strange when I couldn’t find Lacci there to greet us.

I went upstairs to look for him and found him curled up under our bed. He didn’t come out when I called him but I managed to cajole him out and I gave him some food and water.

After the kids were asleep, I spent the evening next to him and he seemed okay, just more lethargic than usual and I just knew something wasn’t right. They say the best way to care for your pet is to know your pet. After nearly 11 years, I know Lacci.


Sunday morning I tried to get him to eat and drink but he just wouldn’t, which he has never done. He threw up bright yellow bile and the struggle for him to do that almost had me in tears. After speaking to a friend that worked in a vet office for years and because of my discomfort with his demeanor, I decided to take Lacci in to the emergency vet clinic.


It is the only one open in town on Sunday and because of that they charge almost double. The care was excellent and the waiting room was packed with worried pet parents. I just kept thinking of all those pets out there that must be in pain and that could not be taken to a vet until the next day because of the high cost, despite how much they are loved. It made me so sad.


I was asked some questions in triage and then they took Lacci in the back. After being told Lacci had a fever a while later, I had to wait hours for them to run blood and urinary tests. I was finally able to take him home in the evening.

It turns out that Lacci has a urinary infection, one that hopefully will not result in more serious liver or kidney disease. The doctor gave him a dose of antibiotics and anti-nausea medicine. If he does not improve in the next few days, I will have to bring him to my regular vet for an ultrasound.

I am glad to say that he ate a little bit the minute we got home. I was so relieved.


It was a traumatic day and I was so grateful to bring him home after that scare. I know you can all understand just what I felt like!

~ Katie


Coccolino Creations Pet Shop Giveaway!

It’s time for a giveaway from my Coccolino Creations Etsy pet shop!

My shop has been going well and I am so grateful for all the support from customers, including fancy rats, dogs, cats and of course pet pigs (of all sizes). I have come to meet such wonderful animal loving people and it is an honor to make a bed or blanket for their special pets.

As a way of thanking my supporters, I am holding a giveaway on my Coccolino Creations Facebook page.

The prize? Any one ready to ship item in the store up to $35.

We have items for all kinds of pets so hopefully nobody will feel excluded. Some examples include but are not limited to:







This is for Facebook fans so please make sure you have “liked” the Coccolino Creations Facebook page in order to enter!

Use this post on the Coccolino Creations Facebook page to enter the giveaway.

How to Enter:

1. “Like” this post on the Coccolino Creations Facebook page.

THAT IS IT! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to “like” the post.

If you want to be entered twice into the giveaway:

2. Share the post on Facebook and make sure to comment that you have shared it.

The fine details:

1. The winner will pay for nothing; shipping is on us.

2. This giveaway is open to people in the US however others elsewhere may enter to win an item for a friend in the US (I am so sorry not to extend this worldwide, especially for friends and supporters in the rest of the world. After experiencing a very frustrating time clearing a package to Canada – still delayed after several weeks – I wouldn’t want to promise a gift that is not deliverable).

3. The winner may select one ready to ship item up to $35.

4. The giveaway runs from 1 a.m. on June 17, 2014 to midnight on June 24, 2014.

5. The winner will be chosen at random (via random.org) and will be announced on Facebook on June 25, 2014.

Just to let you know, donations that I make for shelters or animal-related causes are very important to me (and a big part of my shop) and this giveaway will in no way interfere with my donations.

More items will be added to the store during the week, including dog blankets for larger dogs.

Thank you all so much for participating in the giveaway! I can’t wait to see who will win.

~ Katie

This post is part of Thoughtless Thursday’s blog hop organized by Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky!



Mini pig whiskers

Could you imagine a mini pig mustache more fitting than this one?




Not only did I get a taste of cream cheese in the morning as per my usual routine (I can be pretty insistent) but I have a little to save for later . . . (now).

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for details on our Coccolino Creations Facebook page!

~ A cream cheesy Coccolino


Mini pig backpack discoveries

This is what happens when a five year old child leaves her backpack within mini pig reach:




My fault for letting him “try” to have at it for the first minute while I got some pictures.



Good thing this backpack lasted us for a couple of years and now my daughter can choose her own right in time for kindergarten :-)

Giveaway details on our Coccolino Creations Facebook page coming on Thursday – stay tuned!

~ Katie


In store event July 12th at #TractorSupply

Some of you may remember our visit to Tractor Supply a while back.


It was the first time we had been to a Tractor Supply store and they completely won us over, even my three year old son who couldn’t get enough of their toy tractors and toy animals.

The specialists working there were more like friends and neighbors, a trait which the company is proud of and one that we appreciated during our first visit there, as well as subsequent visits. They know their products inside and out and are very patient and happy to share their knowledge and answer any questions we had (and my son had plenty!).


We went to the store to explore their products and the lines they carried as well as to pick up a bag of mini pig pellets for Coccolino. While there, though, we discovered that Tractor Supply offers much more than what the name implies.

They carry an extensive variety of products, including the following:

* Premium brand food
* Treats
* Flea and tick control (very important this time of year)
* Beds
* Wireless containment, crates and kennels
* Collars and leads
* Bowls
* Grooming supplies
* Toys (for pets and kids!)
* Plants and much more!

Tractor Supply is truly a “one stop shop” for every animal from pigs and horses to dogs and cats (and everything in between). Not only that, but Tractor Supply price matches and they were sure to check other local stores to give us the best price on the mini pig food. That is such an important factor when lots of money is spent on these animals we love, including the wild birds we feed.

Some of the brands that Tractor Supply carries include Hill’s Science Diet, BLUE, Diamond, Eukanuba, Purina, Taste of the Wild, and many other choices.

They also encourage customers to read reviews about, as well as try, 4Health brand pet food, available exclusively at Tractor Supply. This brand includes fresh meat in every formula and has less filler than some other brands. 4health offers exceptional taste and more quality nutrition per bag, which ends up allowing you to save money while providing your pet with a rich balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. It sounds like a great option for pets at a value we can all appreciate.


While I love the offerings, the neighborhood specialists and the price match guarantee, I think what I appreciate most about Tractor Supply as a company is their dedication to community and to offering events to unite the local community.

Tractor Supply supports local FFA and 4-H groups and they offer events at their stores which are great for family fun. This coming weekend, on July 12th, each store will host a community event, a majority of which will be animal adoptions and care clinics. It would be a great time to go check out a store nearby; you might be surprised at how many you can find within driving distance to your house (we have several!).


We can’t recommend Tractor Supply highly enough and I can almost guarantee you will be surprised at just how much of a variety you can find there – all at an affordable price.

Make sure to check out the various ways to learn more about Tractor Supply:

The Tractor Supply website

Tractor Supply on Facebook, a great way to stay informed

Tractor Supply on Google+

Tractor Supply on Twitter

Tractor Supply on Pinterest

We give Tractor Supply TWO thumbs up.


~ Katie and Coccolino

This post is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Tractor Supply Company and their Purina Days Campaign, but My Mini Pet Pig only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Tractor Supply Company, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.