My Mini Pet Pig . . . and Pals!

Our new furry friend

Despite knowing better, I always give Cocco a treat when he goes to the bathroom outside. With mini pigs, this isn’t a good idea since they are very smart and try to manipulate you.

For example, I let Cocco out into his barnhouse and he assumes his position in his special potty spot and stands there for a few seconds. He snorts like he usually does after he goes, looks at me through the spyhole and then comes over expecting a treat. Fooled you, Mamma, he thinks. He only sometimes fools me though.

Anyway, since I do give Cocco a treat when he goes potty like a good boy, I leave a jar of Cocco-only animal crackers on a stroller in the garage. When he goes, I dig in, grab one and reward the happy snorter.

Yesterday, as I was watching Cocco to see if he’d go potty, I heard some scrambling. I couldn’t quite figure out where it was coming from and then it dawned on me. Sometimes I will leave some pieces of animal cracker on the ground near the barnhouse and the next time I take Cocco out they are gone. I had a feeling we had a little friend nearby that would scoop them up when we go back inside. Turns out I was right.

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I must have left the jar of animal crackers off because there was our friend (newly named Nibbles by our excited four year old) right there in the jar.

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We didn’t see him again the rest of the day but I hope we do see him again soon. You all know by now how much I love animals. All animals. Nibbles seemed like a cute little guy and I was actually excited that he might be able to feed his family with some of those crackers. Now Cocco has his own separate stash, sealed up. While I don’t mind sharing with Nibbles and family, I don’t really want to stick my hand in a jar to feed Cocco an animal cracker that may contain other . . . pieces.

The funniest part of all of this is the joke I played on Stefano. I texted him the picture and said “meet our new friend,” letting him think I actually got us a pet mouse (not at all unrealistic). What he wrote back was this: “Is it a mouse? At least it is not another screaming pig.”

Poor Cocco. When it comes to preferring a squeaky field mouse as a pet over a squealing mini pig, it shows how much standards can change!

~ Katie the Mamma that is now “accidentally” leaving cheese crumbles in the garage

PS. For you new readers, when I take Cocco in jest, please know that I still love him and am simply joking. When Stefano takes him in jest, it’s not always just a joke 🙂

35 thoughts on “Our new furry friend

  1. onespoiledcat

    Gee, Sam would certainly enjoy meeting Mr. Mouse……although something tells me the outcome might be slightly different than it is in your garage! LOL He’s cute though and I feel the same way about “creatures”….live and let live.

    Pam (and Sam)

  2. Bacon

    I would consider the little mouse a new pet myself. I want a pet so bad!! Tsk tsk Stefano – you just gotta do some male bonding with me. Next thing you know, you’ll be snuggling with me on the couch.

    Animal crackers – one of my favorites!!

  3. easy rider

    Oh I think that’s Fievel my missed buddy… snow whites stepmother&ebenezer scrooge caught him in my kitchen and abandoned this poor guy somewhere in the boondocks. I never thought that he made such a long trip. But I’m glad that he found such a wonderful furever home ;o)

  4. Daisy

    What an adorable little guy that mouse is! Well, if you have to have a cracker thief, at least you have a cute one! LOL Cheese crumbles too? He’s going to be a very happy mouse….but he may just bring his friends and family over for a feast (ever see the animated movie Ratatouille? LOL!!). 🙂

  5. Idaho PugRanch

    Ha Ha !! Hazel likes to trick me like that. She will go outside and do a pretend squat for 1/2 a second then come in and expect a treat! Or sometimes she thinks that just going out the doggie door and coming right back in is good enough.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta …

  6. Pawsitively Humane,Inc

    welcome Nibbles. Love the name, how appropro! Animal crackers for the animals. Makes perfect sense. Soon Cocco will invite Nibbles and crew in the house to steal some food from the cupboard that he can’t reach. The plot thickens…

  7. Blueberry's human

    Priceless “At least it’s not another screaming pig.” Ahahahaha!!!!

    I love wild critters too. There is a squirrel that frequents our yard and I will sometimes put out raw sunflower seeds or almonds for her.

  8. Ann Paws

    What a cute visitor! Since our cat passed away a few months ago, I have been seeing lots of fat mice grazing with the birds in the yard. I also unfortunately saw one in the house… I haven’t seen it again and tried to make a humane trap but without any luck.

  9. Penelope

    Wes had Kozmo takes care of our mice! We has to worry about Hanta Virus where we lives so its impawtent that we DON’T has mice anywhere! (They is not potty trained and pees and poops everywhere.

  10. Nylabluesmum

    8sighz* Me told dda Mum to commint on da post n me seez she did not!!!! Hard to get guud help dese dayz!!! MOL!!!
    ‘Nibblez’ iz a great name fer a little mousie… finkz yer Hu’Mum iz da best to give da mousie hiz own snackz n you is a guud piggie fer sharin too!!!!
    As fer me n mousiez…..uuummm me haz me own ideaz on what to do wif dem n it izn’t pretty….sowwy me iz a “Meatavore”…. 😉
    Nibblez iz safer wif you den me!!!
    Lub Nylablue xo

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