As I promised in the previous post (http://myminipetpig.com/?p=68), I will clarify the whole half brother situation.
First I have to mention that it turns out Trixi is no longer girlfriend material. It turns out she is actually Cocco’s sister! She had been nursing up until she was sent a few days ago, which makes me sad that Cocco wasn’t, as his mom pushed him away and the breeder had to take over with bottles. All of his issues probably originated there, having been too young to stop nursing and be ripped away from his family. Lucky for him, he has some piggy family right here in Rochester.
Now to the half brother. I didn’t mention this earlier since my sister Lindsay wasn’t so keen on publicizing to the world her newest addition to the family. There have been some pretty mixed reactions to our pets so I can understand her hesitancy to broadcast the news, especially since her house is pretty crazy with four kids, a dog, a cat, some fish and some frogs. I’m sure I’m missing an animal somewhere in that mix. If I’m not, I’m sure there will be another new addition in the near future (unless my brother-in-law gets his way for once).
Lindsay and I have wanted a pet pig ever since we saw piglets in an exotic pet shop years ago. Her very special dog recently passed away and she knew she needed something else to help her other dog and the kids move on. They weren’t ready for another dog…why not a pig?
So to make a long story short, Lindsay got Pogo and I got Coccolino. They have the same father but a different mother, making them half brothers. They arrived at the same time so I have been able to compare all of my difficulties with Cocco to Pogo’s progress. Pogo is three weeks older and adjusted much easier and quicker than Cocco (a pretty reliable pattern, it appears).
Pogo was able to be picked up by just about anyone after a day or two, just like Trixi, whereas three weeks later Cocco is still squealing whenever someone other than me tries to pick him up. Pogo also started rooting into anyone’s hand after a day and I was so sad that Cocco wouldn’t because that is a sign of trust and affection. Cocco was obviously lacking on both of those in the beginning.
My sister makes some pretty cutting, albeit accurate, remarks about Cocco, especially when she tries to engage him and he wants nothing to do with it. At first I agreed but now I proudly defend my underdog pig, who finally happily roots into my hands, arms, legs and just about anywhere he can touch me. Just me, though. Not the most all-embracing pig.
Cocco and Pogo see each other almost every day and those reunions are full of snorts and piggy kisses (not to be mistaken with piggy kisses reserved for humans). They love to cuddle together and Pogo keeps Cocco warm since he is a lot bigger than Cocco. That’s about the only area where Cocco gets a piggy point. Pogo is very big for a “micro mini” of this age and Cocco is pretty darn dainty. Pogo also has a boar-like appearance whereas Cocco has a smaller face.
That said, I do have to admit that Pogo is a much more outgoing and happy-go-lucky pig. He is friendly to just about anyone who pets him and picks him up, save for my niece’s friend who had the misfortune of picking him up just to be peed on. See? Pogo’s not perfect either. At least Cocco doesn’t pee on us. He prefers the nearly new carpet for his accidents.
So although Cocco has lived in Pogo’s shadow for the past three weeks and the consensus among the family is that Cocco is a little uppity and selective, he is making his way very quickly into our hearts, particularly mine. Cocco was over with Pogo all day yesterday and I really missed those snorts and kisses.
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