We know therapy dogs work in a variety of situations. You saw them in Newtown after the tragic shooting last month, helping victims and families cope and get through the emotional toil with a new furry, four-legged friend.
You see therapy dogs with soldiers, working to promote their mental and physical health as they get back from Afghanistan or Iraq, and work to improve their lives as they re-acclimate to civilian society.
Gordon Ramsay is at it again, and this time, he is feuding (again) with Mario Batali and his business partner April Bloomfield. Back in 2004, Batali and Bloomfield opened up a restaurant called the Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village, and ever since then it has been an extremely solid and high quality restaurant and New York eatery.
With stars in the Michelin guide, stars dining in the restaurant, and great food and dishes prepared by world-class chefs, it’s one of the more famous restaurants in New York, and certainly one that every other celebrity chef would know about.
Well, it’s official. In case you had ever wondered (and you KNOW I did!), Iowa has the largest pig and hog inventory in the United States. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Iowa has a whopping 20.6 million pigs and hogs on farms this year, as of December 1st.
And the population is rising! That’s a three percent increase in pigs and hogs relative to last year. Believe it or not, our nearby neighbors to the north of me in Georgia have the second most pigs: North Carolina comes in with more than nine million pigs and hogs of their own, though that’s less than half of the number one state in Iowa.
There’s a cool YouTube video out right now with a pig saving a baby goat from drowning, believe it or not. In the video, the pig saves a goat whose foot had become stuck at this underwater petting zoo.
I didn’t know underwater petting zoos exist, of course, but I guess pretty much everything exists nowadays, so I don’t know why I should be surprised…
Anyways, a YouTube user uploaded the video in September, and immediately it got a lot of play because, well, it’s just amazing. When you watch the video, I’ve got to say I am really impressed with how it all worked out and what came from it – it is definitely cool and touching to see that little pig swim over and save the goat from maybe drowning or at least being stuck for quite some time.
In a weird and unfortunate story last week from the United Kingdom, three people have been arrested for what police say is leaving a pig’s head outside a center used by Muslims in Leicester. Sadly, this sort of thing for attention (or to intimidate the group in question) is really nothing new, both in England and the United States.
The pig, of course, is offensive to Muslims since in their religion they consider it unclean, and they are not allowed to eat pork. So, naturally, finding a pig head is a pretty clear symbol and sign of offense, disrespect, and hate.
The Muslim center in that area is apparently considering a move into a new neighborhood, but there have unfortunately been a great deal of protests in the English neighborhood, and by the British National Party against the move and against opening a new center in general.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Oink oink!
Here’s a cool music video we found about pigs, and their treatment, called Who Ya Callin Pigs? It’s kind of a cool and funny video where pigs are “protesting” their treatment and name, and it’s all about getting people to love pigs a little more.
The video and lyrics have a more serious side, though, too; they are a call to attention on pigs and their treatment when used for food in things like bacon and pork by the major food production industries, and by restaurants and corporations around the country.
I’m not sure if you guys remember Down Home With The Neelys, which was this show on the Food Network; if you’re like me, you have to watch the Food Network to keep up with the blog, after all! 😉
But for those who don’t watch it quite as religiously as I do, the Neely’s are a husband and wife team who cook a ton of yummy foods, and kind of focus on southern cuisine, and really rich, down-home cooking of various meals.
They come from that Paula Deen vein of really rich, tasty, and decadent foods that are total comfort cuisines. Plus, they’ve got some southern barbecue flavor and flare to them, so you know that they know how to grill a good piggy!
Humans are pretty musically inclined, but we give pigs a pretty bad rap (get it?!) when it comes to their own musical tastes. In fact, there are quite a few songs out there about pigs and pig products that rock my socks off!
You know pigs are intelligent, and you definitely know how much people like me love a good pig, but who would’ve thought that so many musicians had such great things to say about our favorite four-legged friends?!
Oprah seems to be the bearer of great news for a lot of people – she mentions a book on her show, and the next week it becomes a New York Times bestseller. She drops a note about a certain TV show or food, and it becomes the must-watch or must-make item of the month, making somebody in that business a very happy person.
While I sit here and dream that maybe one day Oprah will do the same thing for my blog, there is somebody in the piggy space of the world who Oprah has mentioned, and has made pretty famous and important almost overnight: the people who created (get this) ORGANIC PIG PAJAMAS!
The lady who created these pig-inspired pajamas was featured on Oprah a while back, in addition to having a blog and everything on her own. Business must be pretty good, too, because the price for a set of piggy pajamas is pretty steep; $89.95, to be exact. I don’t know if I have the kind of money to shell out for piggy pajamas, but… oh, who am I kidding? If it has to do with pigs, I’m probably going to buy it!
Ok, so I found one of the coolest images on the planet (at least, for me!) the other day. It turns out that in the 1930s, the Russians got a pig drunk and sent him into space!
No, seriously. It was in 1938 or so, and they were experimenting with aircrafts and space travel, and they decided to send a pig into space before sending any human into space. (You history buffs will remember that the Russians would later send Yuri Gagarin out by the stars, becoming the first man ever to go into space!)
Bad pigs, bad pigs,
Whatcha gonna do,
Whatcha gonna do,
When … Angry Birds come for you?
That’s right! It’s not a bad remix of the old theme from the TV show COPS, but a reference to America’s favorite mobile game – Angry Birds!
For anyone who has ever owned a smart phone, you know how insanely addicting Angry Birds is, right? And more than that, you know how incredibly popular and successful it’s become over the last few years.
That’s all good and fine, but the cool thing here is that the folks who spent years perfecting the Angry Birds set of games have come out with a newer, cooler game that is SURE to take the world by storm – Bad Piggies!
Here’s some really, really good news for the pork, ham and bacon industries from a few months ago on CNN – McDonald’s is now phasing out tiny cages for the pigs they grow and use for food! Great!!
McDonald’s announced in February that they are requiring their pork suppliers to cut out the small, immobilizing cages that had previously been used for pregnant pigs, and instead focus on more humane conditions and welfare for the pigs and sows as they are being bred and used.
The Humane Society is on record that they love the new alternative from McDonald’s, and I do too. Obviously, it’d be naive to suggest that everyone just stop eating pigs as food – it isn’t gonna happen, plus, pork and bacon are delicious!
The video of My Pig Me Up’s One-Year Anniversary Event is up and ready to view. We finished the video off with some Gangnum Style dancing. Check it out!
Pig Thanks to Allen Hu for making the video.
I have a confession to make: I’m a closet nerd. I know, I know. I’m pretty proud of it, too! Part of my nerd-dom involves playing Magic: The Gathering with my friends. I learned how to play about a year ago and I definitely picked up on it pretty quickly.
It’s a lot of fun, and for people who have never done it before you can really get into it and go through the game really intensely!
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the game was created in the early 1990s, and today boasts millions of players around the world. You can play it two at a time, or with a bigger group, and it uses a deck of cards that represents a battle between wizards that the game calls “planeswalkers.”
Ok guys, I’m gonna need some serious help. See, Halloween is over (duh) and I was sort of hoping to get some Halloween stuff for next year. I figured that if you buy it now, and just store it somewhere for a year, you could save a ton of money on merchandise, right?
Apparently, most stores send back their costumes immediately after Halloween ends (like, that night after the stores close on October 31) and they get some of their money back on whatever they didn’t sell.
I get it, and it makes sense for the stores, but I kind of wish they would leave their extra Halloween gear out for a day or two. I feel like you could really have some fun in a Halloween surplus store!
Check it out! This car was recently spotted in Chicago, and WHAT?! It’s a pink pig car! Oh no. This is just too perfect, and I want to know who the owner of the car is, and how I can get one just like it!
I know the original photo was taken way back in 2006, but you know that with a car like that, somebody is still pretty darn proud of their pigs, just like me. The VW Bug has some pretty serious modifications, too; the piggy ears and nose aren’t just decorations, but it almost looks like they are welded on the car.
There are a lot of books out there about pigs, but too many of them are made for children. Still more are about farming and livestock. Fascinating stuff, but they kind of get repetitive for me. So when I found Christien Meindertsma’s book called PIG 05049, I nearly fainted.
The special thing about this book is that it’s not just about pigs – it goes through every single product made from pig parts and reduces the scale of the story to one single pig as its organs, skin, nose, and other parts go through the wires of industry and commerce to various destinations.
Some of the products made from pig parts – and this really shocked me – include porcelain, chewing gum, heart valves, cosmetics, cigarettes, bio diesel fuel, photographic paper, medicine, hair conditioner, and even ammunition! Meindertsma spent three years researching for this book and tracked every pig part on its way through factories and into products that you and I use every day.
So my theory is that growing up, we all wanted to be superheroes. You know the ones – Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman. I think that every kid growing up thought about that one special super power that they would like to have, and then started idolizing one or two superheroes who they really could relate to or dreamed of one day becoming.
Of course you KNOW my favorite superheroes had to do with pigs 🙂 I was a fan of Super Pig – or, the better-known Japanese version Tonde Boorin. When I was a kid, I would watch everything I could get my hands on that involved either Super Pig, or his lesser-known superhero buddy, Spider-Ham. Superheroes and pigs all in one? Sign me up!
Pigs are very social – more social, in fact, than most people expect or are ready for – so if you’re planning on getting a new pet and are thinking about adopting a pig, you’re sure in for some fun!
In a lot of ways, pigs can be somewhat similar to dogs in that they are trained and respond better when you are a clear leader and master of them, or else they end up spoiled, poorly behaved, and in some cases, aggressive. A good idea to consider at the start is getting two pigs instead of just one, as their social nature and energy needs will allow them to keep each other company and have fun.
There’s a lot of stuff going on this October, including our one-year anniversary a couple weeks ago. I turn around, and BAM! Halloween!
This is one of my favorite holidays, and for good reason. It’s the perfect day of the year to accessorize with porkin’ great ideas and costumes – and I would know!
Last year, I went to Halloween as a Ninja Pig. Yeah, that’s right, a ninja pig! Now you see me… now you don’t! You know I had to deck out my costume with curly pigtails, and of course a bright pink pig nose. Because every good pig ninja dresses in all black to hide while its stalking people, only to rock the bright pink pig nose, too! 😉
I’m a huge fan of the show How I Met Your Mother. In the sixteenth episode of season five, entitled “Hooked”, Barney uses a teacup pig as bait to attract girls and his ploy works well compared to his other silly methods such as the trampoline or the slot machine. The girl Ted is after in the show, who happens to be played by Carrie Underwood, takes a liking to the tiny cute pig. Marshall also uses the teacup pig to help Lily confront her admirer. I mean, who could resist the power of the cute teacup pig? His fuzzy little snout and baby oinks are just soooo cute!
There’s only one thing better about pigs, and that is puns about pigs! Oink your way through these pig jokes and puns while you eat your morning slab of bacon or ham!
What do you call a laundry room made for pigs?
Why did the three little pigs fall asleep when Grandpa told his story?
Grandpa was a boar.
What is a pig’s favorite position to play on the baseball field?
What did the sow rub on her baby’s back to cure his cut from rolling in the mud?
A little bit of oinkment.
What do piglets have to do every day after they come home from school?
They have to finish their hamwork.
How did Farmer John figure out that a fox was stealing eggs from his chicken coop?
The pig was the one who squealed!