Kicking the “Wild Hog” myth.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday! We at the R&M are trying to take it easy today but taking care of Haddie and her brood is a full-time thing and we love every minute of it!

There is never a dull moment around here either with this bunch. For those who don’t know, we have the piggy ladies Haddie, Francine and Jolene along with Rainy, our chihuahua, and Missy, a cat I rescued from our front yard when she was a kitten and who now has 3 kittens of her own. Feeding time around here is something to experience at least once, but only once, if you’re the impatient type. It is not that bad as long as you stick to the routine and are quick with the delivery of said food.

Many people don’t know how pigs really are, except what they have seen in the movies and on TV, which is how really wild hogs can be. Put in a situation where they were caught young and raised in close proximity to a human, they become tame and even docile. Now take and raise one in your home and you will find out how loving they are, how obedient they can become and you will be surprised by what you learn about yourself. Haddie continually amazes us with her capacity to love, and at times we don’t even see it coming until it is staring us in the face. Last night Haddie was on her carpet in the living room when on of the kittens, who was on a footstool, decided she wanted to jump on Haddies back. We did not know what was going to happen but Haddies reaction said it all. Here is a picture of the event:  IMG_0273

the kitten is kinda dark but she was riding around and Haddie didn’t act wild or try to run. She treats the baby kittens with, well, kitten gloves so to speak. If anyone ever tries to convince you that you can never take the wild out of pigs, just show them this picture, that should shut them down. I just wanted to share this event with you and hope you spread the word around. Please like and share if you enjoy reading this and feel free to leave comments below. Also Haddie now has a Twitter page: @haddiemae04 and an Instagram feed: haddiegirl04 please look her up and follow her there for more pics and up to date content.

Getting Along Is Hard When You Are Jealous

young haddie Hello, how is everyone?

I have something to say and I really don’t want to but, mom said I need to so I can help others like me. By “like me” I mean, upset and hard to get along with my sisters “like me”. I have to admit it (but I don’t WANT to) but I am jealous of the girls, Francine and Jolene. I need to say that, in my defense, it has just been me for the past 4 years and I have had mom all to myself. I liked it the way it was and I did not want things to change but, they did change and in a big way.

I have some issues, medical in nature, that caused my mom to be extra attentive to me on a daily basis and this is perhaps why I was spoiled to the attention. It really is no ones fault, I was born this way and mom, well, she has the biggest and kindest heart around so it was only natural that we bonded so tightly. My mom being the awesome person she is, went and took in 2 rescues that needed a home and someone to show them what love is. Here they are: the girls yes yes they are soooo cute (blah, blah, yada,yada) but they are annoying, (HADDIE!!!!) um, oh I meant, they are SPECIAL. They have been a joy for mom to have around and I think this is what is eating me, what is causing my bad behavior, and I need help learning to get past this jealousy. If any of you loyal fans have any suggestions, please, PLEASE comment below. I know it would mean a lot to mom (Haddie) and yes me too……(sigh) and if you would like to help with our fundraiser please click here.

A Day For Reflection

Hello friends!!! I hope you have your happy faces on today, here is mine haddie sad

Today is going to be a great day, I know it in my pig tail and my rooting rooter it is so lets all enjoy it!! You see this morning when dad took me outside the sun was shining, it was still cool and the wind, oh I LOVE the wind, was blowing in at a good pace! I love the wind because of how it feels on my face and the way it moves through my hair but, most importantly, the smells the wind carries with it!! The wind sorta tells me a story, with the smells, stories of what is beyond my yard and it sets my imagination free!! I can almost see the wild deer playing and frolicking around, see the neighbors dogs being lazy on the porch, and all the great scents of the woods. It gets me to thinking about how awesome life is for a lot of us and how we should be thankful for everyday, even the bad ones, because we are not here long. Love often, love deeply and love everyone and please share this message with friends who might need it and thank you for you and who you are! God Bless

A Brief Interlude

Good morning friends, I hope everyone is doing well and living large!

I took a small break, an interlude if you will, for a few reasons, some of which I will discuss and some that I will not but please bare with me. You see mom and I lost a dear friend, who shall remain nameless at this time to allow the family to grieve, and we have been naturally upset. I am turning it over to dad now because I need a moment.

I am sorry again sweetie. It has been a sad time as most of you can imagine and that is the reason we wanted to post today. Before Haddie came into our lives pork had a different meaning and place in our household but, that changed pretty quick the more Mary fell in love with Haddie. Soon there was no more pork products in the house and Mary quit eating meat all together. I was, and still are to this day, amazed at the changes and sacrifices she made for baby Haddie. How they love each other is evident everyday. To some people it seems hard for them to grasp the concept of someone loving a pig that much and this is a real pet peeve of mine: the people who don’t understand Mary’s love for Haddie, are the same people who love their dog like a child, IT IS THE SAME THING PEOPLE!!! Sorry, we have just had too many conversations with these individuals and I felt like yelling the last part. I had no idea the size of the pig owners community until Mary started working to spread awareness and help sanctuaries raise money. I was blown away, not just by the size of the community, but by the responsiveness of the owners to help out, wherever and whenever they were needed. It was unlike anything I have ever witnessed and it moved me. When Mary’s friend lost her little piggy, the outpouring of love and support was truly awe-inspiring and comforting. It made me proud to be a part of it, even if it is a small part and it gave me hope for the future. I ask that you just keep the family in your prayers even though I didn’t tell you who they are. If I get permission to share their names and such later I will come back and inform you. Haddie, any last words?

Be kind to each other and love always comes first. young haddie

The First Meeting

Well, hello everyone! young haddie

My name is Haddie Mae and this is my story, told by my dad Robert, so please listen close and we hope you enjoy!!!

Thank you sweetie for the introduction, now get down please, this chair is not big enough for the both of us anymore. Now where to begin. It seems so long ago now that it’s almost hard to remember a time before Haddie. Life was very different back then (I am only 4 dad, she says) and we did not know how much it was about to change, in more ways than one. Getting a pig (I NOT a PIG!! ; ok sweetie, quit side-seat writing please) was just something that came up one day in conversation with a young lady staying with us and the next thing we were headed to Tyler to buy not one, but three!! I was not sure how it happened but it did.

We met with the woman who sold us the 3 little piglets and made our choices (shhhhhh, do not repeat this too loud, but Haddie was not the one we bought for ourselves). Mary and I had picked the runt of the litter, a little male that, as it turned out, was still too young to be away from his mommie. We had no more gotten back home with him than we were headed to a specialist in San Antonio. Poor little guy died not long after arriving and we were pretty upset. We thought we had done something wrong but the Vet told us he was way too young. The lady had lied to us about his age. Mary was heartbroken, I was furious and Tyler was too far to drive for such a low life. WHAT!!!!!!!! I lost my little brother?!!!

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I am soooooo sorry Haddie, you were not supposed to see that!! I am going to stop there for now folks and see about getting miss Haddie a treat to calm her nerves, good night and God Bless.