WordPress woes and mini pig spam

Last week, my good friend Bacon emailed me to ask if everything was okay since he hadn’t heard from me in a while. From one pig to another, I told him everything was fine and he was still my best buddy so something must be up, other than my snooping snout.

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Something was up. None of my comments had been going through on his blog for a while! Usually we submit our comment and head to the next friend, not checking to see if the comment went through since the screen refreshes and all looks normal.

WordPress has been tricking us. We have no idea how long it has been going on but sincerely apologize if our WordPress friends haven’t been hearing from us for a while.

Please check your spam folders and clear our names if you get a chance. It doesn’t happen on every WordPress blog which is strange, but on most we are labeled as spam.

As a pig, let me tell you that I am very offended to be labeled as canned meat. Really.

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Mamma contacted Askimet, the group that took this innocent mini pet pig and moved me to the meat pile. She is on the case and hopefully they will virtually move me back to my safe home very soon.

Thanks for your patience!

~ Coccolino the mini PET pig

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Psychic Source gives Coccolino a pet psychic reading

I was recently contacted by Psychic Source, offering to do a pet psychic reading on Coccolino and asking me to follow up with a blog post on the experience. Any insight into life with a pet mini pig is invaluable to me so I eagerly agreed!

What is this piggy thinking?

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I had the real pleasure of speaking with psychic Nancy, a warm and insightful woman who specializes in pet readings.

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I was completely at ease speaking with Nancy. She explained that animals are like people and that their date of birth affects their personalities. Cocco’s birthday was all Nancy needed to speak about him more confidently than even I do.

WHAT DID NANCY SAY ABOUT COCCOLINO? (My thoughts follow)

~ Coccolino is a Gemini, suggesting he has a dual personality (Hmm, to say the least. He is a lovebug one moment; the next moment he will pee on the floor simply to punish me for keeping him in his room one minute longer than usual.)

~ Coccolino feels very close to an older male (Surely not Stefano! This older male is undoubtedly my dad. I was very surprised when Nancy mentioned this since it is not something I have really discussed. My dad comes over several times a week to see the kids and Cocco just adores him. Here is a picture of my dad holding a content Coccolino.)

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~ Coccolino feels that the kids are real siblings to him, at times arguing and fighting over my attention and at times just enjoying their company (This is absolutely true. He most often butts heads with my little boy, both of them vying for my attention and vocalizing/squealing their frustration with the other. He loves my sweet girl for her cuddles and attention and loves them both when they drop food for him to catch.)

~ Coccolino makes me laugh like nobody else and is so wise that he often does things just to make me chuckle and be happy with him (I hate picking favorites when it comes to pets but Cocco does make me laugh like no other pet I’ve had. He knows he is funny which only highlights how truly smart he is.)

NANCY’S PREDICTIONS FOR COCCOLINO

~ Coccolino will surpass the 15 year mark, perhaps living close to 30 years old (A bit more than Stefano bargained for!)

~ By age three, he will be completely trained and obedient (Do I really have to wait another year?!)

~ Coccolino will always be able to outsmart us and will resist when ordered to do something he does not want to do (As the saying goes, pigs are perpetual toddlers.)

~ Coccolino will face an illness at age nine and although it will be challenging for us to deal with he will come out just fine (I’ll have to remember to hold on to the positive outcome.)

HOW BIG DOES A MINI PIG REALLY GET?

Many mini pigs are not mini at all, as I have always known, even though people who get a mini pig are typically assured they will only get to be around 25-30 pounds when full grown. The more likely outcome is 65-70 pounds, often even over 100 pounds. Pigs grow for three years. Coccolino is not quite two.

So . . . as a pretty curious but ready-for-anything mini pig parent, I couldn’t wait to pick Nancy’s brain on Cocco’s final weight.

Nancy strongly feels that Coccolino will average out at 25 pounds, just on target for those marketed mini pigs. Nancy says I am very careful that he isn’t underfed or overfed and I will always do my best to make sure his weight is healthy. 25 pounds sounds pretty good to me. Maybe it’s the runt in him or maybe he’s just so busy keeping up with us. Whatever his weight is, he’s our sweet little mini with a major snort.

WHAT IS MISSING IN COCCOLINO’S LIFE?

Throughout the entire conversation, Nancy said she felt a strong sense that Cocco sees me as his mother, which I completely agree with (that sweet sucking on my hand is too endearing not to believe it). The truth is, his own mother pushed him away at such an early age since he was the runt that I quickly replaced that motherly love.

Still, Cocco is missing something in his life and I am so grateful that Nancy was able to pinpoint this for me.

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Nancy said that she felt Cocco used to have a consistent if not frequent mini pig playmate but that it has been a while since Coccolino has felt his presence. This is very true. Nancy is referring to Pogo, Cocco’s half brother, who Cocco used to see more frequently than he does now. I will have to make more of an effort to get them both together since she said Coccolino is missing interaction with other mini pigs.

SUMMING UP MY PET PSYCHIC READING

To sum up my experience with a pet psychic reading, I would say I was enlightened, reassured – and surprised. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect before the reading but I can say that Nancy picked up on things that I never would have expected her to or even would have thought to ask about. She discussed Cocco so much in detail and understood his behavior from the start, without knowing anything more than just his birthday.

After the reading, I am surprised that I feel way more at ease with him. It’s always hard to know how to raise a mini pig, how to show him I’m “top pig” but not in a way to make him scared of me. How to show him I love him and always will but will not excuse his manipulative ways. How he may be smart but he can’t outsmart me (I’m still working on this one).

I feel comfortable that I am raising him right and I’m grateful to Nancy for that. Coccolino is one complex little guy and Nancy pinned the tail right on this mini pig.

DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN PET PSYCHIC READING?

If you are interested in getting your own psychic or tarot card reading, for yourself or your pet, make sure you contact Psychic Source, and I would highly recommend Nancy. She is so easy to talk to and you might be surprised with what you find out.

~ Katie the in-the-know mini pig mamma

* I received the pet psychic reading at no charge to me in exchange for an honest and fair review of my experience with Psychic Source and a small fee to cover my time. I will only agree to reviews that I believe are relevant to this blog and our lifestyle, and most importantly, the readers of this blog. My review was not influenced by the compensation or free reading.

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Thoughtless Thursday Birthday Boy!

I am linking up with Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky for today’s Thoughtless Thursday!

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Today is a very special day. My sweet baby boy (my human sweet baby boy) is THREE today! I cannot believe that three years have passed.

I am so in love with this little guy and I am sure I will cry a mix of happy and nostalgic tears today. As you can see, I have a hard time not smooshing that sweet face close to mine!

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A week from today is my birthday and so today and next Thursday might be a little spotty when I come visit all you Thoughtless Thursday friends but I’ll be by at some point!

~ Katie, a very proud and sentimental Mamma

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Carrot peels here and there

We were running late the other day, as usual lately with rounding up the kids and getting them in the car, and as soon as we were ready to leave they decided they really wanted “carrot swords” for their after practice snack.

After an exasperated sigh, I caved because begging for carrot swords is actually music to my ears.

I ran back inside to peel the carrots and here is where having a pet pig is very handy.

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Just peel right into his room and let him collect the scraps as I run back to the car.

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Gotta love a pig that can be counted on to clean up the mess! And, because our comments will frustratingly not appear on our good friend Bacon’s blog for whatever reason, Cocco agreed to share some scraps with his best pal.

~ Katie

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Pizza for Pizzico and Piggy

Everyone here loves pizza. Especially our Italian cats who grew up eating bites of our Roman pizzas on almost a daily basis.

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Coccolino thinks he’s entitled to some pizza too, of course. So Pizzico was wise to jump on the window sill to escape the pizza popping piggy and try to maintain some decency about his pizza cravings.

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Cocco, on the other hand, has no concerns about decency. More, please!

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~ Katie and the pizza loving crew

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Spring Cleaning with BISSELL Powerglide Deluxe Pet Vacuum

There is no denying that Coccolino is one messy mini pig. Not in the way that the kids are messy, since he usually helps to clean up their messes (sometimes consuming a plastic doll in the process), but in a way that requires a daily cleaning of the floors if I want my house to look presentable.

Combine the kids’ crumbs and crafts, the pig’s knack for spilling open garbage bags and the cats’ shedding, and I have my hands full of soggy garbage contents and my feet wet and sticky from Cocco licking up the leftovers. Several times a day.

So, I was ecstatic to say the least when BISSELL offered me the opportunity to review a BISSELL Powerglide Deluxe Pet Vacuum. It arrived just two days later, right in time to brighten up our tedious household spring cleaning.

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Before I get into the nitty gritty, here are a few considerations about me:

~ I am only five feet tall (well, with heels. I am actually only 4’11″.).

~ My weight is pretty proportionate to my height so you probably wouldn’t ask me for moving help.

~ I almost always use a dust buster, not a vacuum, because vacuums are too bulky and heavy for me.

~ I love a clean house; I don’t love to clean.

With those considerations in mind (essentially that I am a small, not too strong, easy-way-out cleaner), I will go on to the review.

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My first thought after trying this vacuum was that this vacuum should be marketed for households with young kids and/or pets. The mess my kids make with their food, their paper clippings and their art projects far outweighs the amount of cat fur and Cocco messes I encounter, even though those accumulate and occur on a daily basis. The kids just tend to make a mess (and lucky for me, leave it) everywhere they go. They are working on cleaning up after themselves though that may take years to really happen.

So, for a vacuum that caters to heavy duty pet cleanup, picking up construction paper pieces, sticker backings and cereal crumbs is a breeze for this vacuum and a plus for me since I have the pets’ and the kids’ messes to contend with.

Here is a little video of me showing how easy this is to use on a bunch of crushed up cereal and how to use the “lift off” technology:

The number one feature about the BISSELL PowerGlide Deluxe Pet Vacuum is the “lift off” technology it offers. This refers to the option to use the vacuum as a whole or just lift off the mid section of the vacuum to easily clean the stairs without dragging the whole vacuum with you.

The reason I often used the dust buster instead of the vacuum is because our other vacuum did not have this possibility, and that would mean dragging a very heavy vacuum on the stairs with little old me. I cannot tell you the number of times it has fallen down, creating a loud and dangerous thunk on the landing. So, after this happened a few times, I decided to only use the vacuum if necessary, resulting in stairs a bit dustier and furrier than they should be.

Things are different now! With the BISSELL lift off option, I honestly cannot wait to clean the stairs. I have been cleaning them every day, pretty much because I can physically do it and because I secretly (not so secretly anymore) find it fascinating to watch the vacuum suck up anything remotely close to the suction.

Here is a picture of me demonstrating how to use the attachment on the carpeted stairs:

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A spring cleaning here means taking the time to clean places we don’t clean on a regular basis, including hard to reach spots. Having the extra long attachment allows me to clean places that must be dustier than an old cupboard since I haven’t cleaned them for almost a year when we first moved in (lower my head in embarrassment):

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Since it is as easy as just attaching one piece to another, I won’t be waiting until next year’s spring cleaning to de-dust the windows.

Another plus: Stefano loves the vacuum as much as I do. He is a very efficient cleaner, unlike my “good enough” cleaning mantra.

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With our old vacuum, I couldn’t figure out how to change the bag; this bag-less vacuum empties so easily that all it takes is the press of a button:

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I cannot express enough how incredibly powerful and easy to maneuver this vacuum is. I had gotten so stuck in my ways of using the dust buster every day and the vacuum only when absolutely necessary because it was such a hassle. Apparently, we really needed this BISSELL pet vacuum.

If you are in the market for a lightweight, heavy duty, easy to use pet OR kid vacuum, I’d highly encourage you to check this out. More details can be found here on the BISSELL PowerGlide Deluxe Pet Vacuum with Lift-Off Technology.

Coccolino gives this a snout’s up:

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Thank you for reading!

~ Katie, the mom to kids, cats and a pig that make no mess the BISSELL cannot suck up

* I received the BISSELL PowerGlide Deluxe Pet Vacuum at no charge to me in exchange for an honest and fair review. I will only accept and review items that I believe are relevant to this blog and our lifestyle, and most importantly, the readers of this blog.

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This pig is STINKY

I usually ask for a dog but I know I’m lucky to have a pet pig. None of my friends have pet pigs and they all like to hear Coccolino’s noises.

I’m usually very nice to him and always let him cuddle with me when I’m sitting down reading or watching a show, even though he’s so itchy. That’s because he has hair, not fur.

Today, though, Coccolino stole my bowl of broccoli (I kind of helped him steal it). And so he smelled SO badly, I didn’t even want to sit with him anymore!

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Mini pigs are fun pets but they can be very smelly if they eat too much broccoli.

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~ The wise five year old Girl

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Thoughtless Thursday Mini Pig Grooming

We are joining Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky for Thoughtless Thursday!

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Coccolino was a very patient client for a five year old’s budding hair grooming industry.

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He even got to take a look at the finished product though he was more focusing on soaking up the sun rays the mirror reflections.

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Next stop, pedicure palace!

Have a happy Thoughtless Thursday :-)

~ Katie

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Cat and pig sun sharing

The sun doesn’t shine in much lately. We’ll take it where we can get it, even if that means sharing.

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Coccolino and Pizzico are always sun-tolerant of each other.

Lacci prefers quiet solitude away from the crazy kiddos who aren’t so tolerant of their pets enjoying the sun puddles in the middle of the hallway.

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But sometimes even he needs a little sun :-)

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Have a great day!

~ Katie

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Animal Planet Mini Pig!

As you can see from the title, I have some exciting news to share. A producer of Animal Planet’s “Bad Dog!” show found a video of me doing what I do best: causing trouble – and now they want me to be a part of a show!

Here is the video that sparked all this interest (not even the cutest one of me but I must say I’m pretty clever):

Mamma spoke with a story line producer who requested even more footage of me just being glorious mischievous ole’ me. And they liked it. Who wouldn’t, right? I’m a fun-loving, tail-wagging, mess-making mini pig. Apparently I’m bad enough to qualify as a “bad dog.”

The premise of the show is to find pets who cause enormous trouble but whose parents still unconditionally love them anyway. Pretty much sums up me and my family.

At first they just thought about including the video clips as part of their show. Then they decided to send a film crew here to spend an entire day with the family, observing just how our family goes about our daily life. I’m sure they can’t wait to see a mini pig’s infamous mess in person.

Stay tuned . . . they come visit us in May and the show will probably air later in the spring or summer!

~ Coccolino the messy but much loved mini pig

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