I am assuming a blog with a very easygoing pig would be pretty boring, right? Good thing Coccolino is so challenging, then. It makes for some pretty interesting stories.
While the stories are pretty entertaining, living with him is another thing. I talked to the breeder the other day to see if his behavior is typical for a newly adjusted pig. She was surprised to hear how difficult he was being. She said he definitely should not be squealing as much as he is and he should be following us all around by now. Not to mention he shouldn’t be having any accidents. Ha! She did say it was possible he imprinted on her daughter since he was so attached to her and that is making for a harder adjustment.
Whatever the reason, apparently his behavior is not normal. He is being, um, rather pigheaded. And according to some family members, so am I. Let me explain.
The breeder we chose was by far the most honest and easy to talk to. Now she takes that one step forward by truly backing the pigs she breeds. She said that since Coccolino isn’t really living up to what she promised, she would be willing to send us another pig, free of charge. We could either find a new home for Coccolino (perhaps a kid-free home so he gets plenty of attention), or we could keep them both. I thought that was very good of her and the professional thing to do in this case.
Still! I am NOT giving up on Coccolino. And there you have it: I guess I’m pretty pigheaded myself. I know he is making us work pretty darn hard for his affection but he is slowly coming around. He now squeals a little less when I hold him, though it helps that I give him a food pellet pretty much every 30 seconds while holding him so he associates being held as a good thing. I even gave him a lick (well, many licks) of yogurt to try to squeeze my way into his heart via his stomach.
Nobody else can hold him without him squealing though. As my family pointed out, we already have a son that for the first year of his life would not let anyone else hold him except me. It is still true for the most part today, though he’s better. Do we really want a pig that only wants me, too? I can only be pulled in so many directions and can only carry so many squealers at once.
The breeder told me I cannot put him down when he starts squealing since it will only reinforce that habit. So two days ago, I started holding Coccolino through his squeals and do not put him down until he stops. It hasn’t been fun for me or my eardrums and it has been especially painful for the kids having to hear him squeal. My daughter covers her ears and starts to scream at me to put him down and my son just looks at me and wails, wanting me to pick him up. It has helped Coccolino’s behavior, though, so the ringing in my ears has not been in vain.
So it doesn’t seem right to just discard him, even to another loving family. Sure, we could trade him for a better, more family oriented and obedient pig. That just doesn’t feel right, though, and if anything, I’m sure I’d just end up with two pigs since I’d get attached to that one too! (And yes, I really could see having two kids, two cats and two pigs).
I really think we need to give him a little more time to adjust to being here. I will not give up on him, despite all the reassurance from family that I am not giving up if it will make my life easier to have a more easygoing pig (or preferably no pig at all). We have until Wednesday to tell the breeder.
So, am I pigheaded or just determined to get our little Coccolino to fit in here?
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