Anyone who knows Janice knows how very much she loves pigs. She has taught many of us about the depth of their souls, the shining light of their personalities and the very keen and sharp intelligence that dwells within them. To Janice and those who have had the chance to learn from her, the pigs are people. not humans but little persons with wants and needs and dreams and memories. they carry sadness inside them, and joy and sometimes fear, just like we do.
Barney left Janice last night. I watched both of their pain and torture as they finally together decided that Barney needed to let go and move past this earthly place. Barney was a wonderful pig, i will miss his nose at my knee in the kitchen while i stole Janice's pumpkin scones to feed him. I will miss hearing Janice's laugh when she told a story of Barney's latest adventure. Not many of us are lucky enough to really know the wonder of pigs, Janice and Barney showed us the beauty of them each and every day. Rest in peace Barney and please wrap yourself around your mom's broken heart and help her to feel you there.