I promise to love and care for you until the day you die and then I promise to honor your memory. If I should die first, I promise that I will ensure you have a safe and loving home to go to.
I promise to do my research before I bring you home. I realize I do not "know it all" and I promise to keep researching and learning even after you are here.
I promise to make sure you’re allowed in my city, before I bring you home. However, if there comes a time that I need to, I promise to fight to keep you at home.
I promise to pig proof my home so you don’t have the opportunity to get sick or hurt because I failed to keep those things away from you.
I promise to treat you like any other member of our family.
I promise not to send you away when you reach a weight I wasn’t expecting, but I also promise to make accommodations for you to live comfortably.
I promise you will always be treated with dignity and respect.
I promise to make time for you and not decide one day that you need more time than I can give. I understand that you need love and socialization and have dedicated time to spend with you.
I promise that even though I may not be prepared for the challenges that will arise once you get here, I will work hard at finding a solution to make it work.
I promise not to move and leave you behind.
I promise if something goes wrong, I will do my best to make it right.
I promise if you get sick, I will do whatever I can to help you get better. I also promise that if it is late at night or a holiday, I will find someone to help you.
I promise to be prepared for emergencies and have basic supplies on hand.
I promise if I decide to have a baby, you will be a big brother or sister, you will not have to leave.
I promise you will not be confused by hormones because I will spay or neuter you.
I promise to not misrepresent you and to educate others about pigs.
I promise not to give you as a gift for someone who doesn’t know anything about you because I know that isn’t fair to you.
I promise that I will not get upset because you destroy things in my home, I realize that you are likely bored and I promise to make sure you have activities and toys to keep you occupied.
I promise if someone hurts you, I will hunt them down and will not stop until they have been punished. But, I also promise to try my best at not putting you in a position for that to happen.
I promise not to get mad at you for digging up the brand new sod because I understand you are a pig.
I promise not to hit you because I know you do not understand that type of discipline, but I promise I will seek help on how to teach you right from wrong.
I promise to help you learn and not to get mad at you because I failed to train you.
I promise to keep you free from harm and safe from predators while you play outside in the yard. I also promise to give you a yard so you can dig, root and be a pig.
I promise to watch your diet and try my best to keep you from getting crippling arthritis or becoming fat blind due to my lack of understanding regarding proper pig nutrition and allowed you to get overweight. In the same realm, I also promise that you will not go hungry and I will not limit your food in a pathetic attempt to keep you piglet sized because I know by doing this, I am shortening your life by years and even worse, that is abusive.
I promise that you will not be cold on chilly nights and you will always have a warm place to lay your head at night. I also promise that you will have a way to cool down on those hot summer days and a place to go where it is cooler or shaded.
I promise not to just leave you outside and never come to talk to you, I know you need interaction and understand you need me as much as I need you.
Since we are making promises...I promise to have a fresh box of Cheerios every 2 weeks and plenty of other treats because I know you love them. And I promise to try and be on time for meals.
I cannot promise everything will be perfect, but I can promise I will try my best to give you a great life.
While you were reading this, it's more than likely at least 2 people have already broken at least 1 of these promises. Keep your promises. If you cannot make these promises an keep them, you should not get a pig.
Our names are Brittany Sawyer and Nicole Cox and we are pig parents, pig advocates and also the authors of the "Dear Pig Whisperer" blog. Follow our blog that will feature topics to help you become the best pig parent you can be...along with some other fun things. We will also feature guest bloggers from time to time who want to share their life experience or knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning.