Okay, that's probably not the best title to begin a post about a piggy. But our Petunia is just the most comical character in the barn - well, maybe tied with the donkeys....and Swinger....oh heck, they are all funny characters!
I think Petunia is blossoming into the most social piggy in the world. She followed me around the barn today - not just going into the stalls after I clean them (like she usually does) but coming into each stall with me and chatting away while I worked. Of course, this meant I had to coax her out of each stall when I was nearly done so I could clean the very large spot hidden from view by Her Chubbiness! She made quite a game of it, and noisily cooperated most of the time (although once I had to bribe her with a slice of apple).
She also disagreed with my decision to leave a small pile of nearly-clean hay at one side of the aisle to spread for Carl's space later tonight - she just gathered up the mouthfuls of loose hay and waddled off to her stall with them. Thanks for helping clean up, Petunia, but I INTENDED to leave that hay there!
And I finally heard her laugh today!! (I have been waiting to hear this ever since Carol mentioned it several weeks ago.) When I was working on the last stall, I asked her if she thought we were nearly done. She let out a chortle - ha ha ha ha ha - and went over to the corner to leave a deposit. That pig has one BIG sense of humour!!
I also think she wanted to go outside for a walk (I wasn't quite brave enough to allow this without Carol there)...she kept going to the barn doors and standing nose-to-wood and making ug-ug-ug-ug-ug sounds. I finished cleaning, talked with the farrier about Jenny, said goodbye to Petunia and closed up the barn - then I realized I had to go back to put away the donkey's meds which were in my pocket. I opened the door and there was Petunia, nose-to-wood again. She grunted at me and I think she was saying "I knew you'd be back" or "Forget something - ha ha ha ?" Then she walked back to her stall at the other end of the barn with me (which is also where the meds go) and snuggled down for a nap.
I am so in love with that pig!!! LOL