eurotrash girl

who will win the gold, tonya or elle? or tom dolan? Right now Bob Dylan is on and life is good. Except for one thing. Please help me, my head is going crazy. Which Cracker song is the one that sounds exactly like John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Human Wheels?” I keep humming the music to the Cracker song, but the lyrics to the Mellencamp song, and since the music is just a tiny bit different between the two songs, both of which I haven’t actually heard in forever, I am all off. Now I just feel like my head is shortwiring.

Damn.

Last Night

Sig Other bought me flowers. And then we played a little football in the front yard, and then took down the Halloween decorations (giant alligator and mini-pumpkin) from his front porch. Tonight maybe The Girls and I will get stupid on DC. Yay!

In other interesting news, I just sent away for grad school applications. Did you know…the kindly souls at George Washington University offer an MA in Art Therapy. That could be what I want to do. I had already decided on pursuing a masters in Art History, and then I remembered I’d need a bunch more credits in undergrad classes even to apply. So that’s no good, because I really can’t see myself repeating undergrad stuff just to go to school some more. Life and bucks and all gets in the way.

Art Therapy classes had just started at my undergrad as I was graduating. Those bastards, I so would have considered majoring in that if they had offered it way back when.

PS You can take my BFA in design in return for a degree in something else, GW. Really, it’s okay.

In other news, D. has taken to calling me Tonya Harding because I am a cyber stalker of my ex. It happens.

In Case You Needed To Know

I am a harbinger of good information. Things you find on the Internet are fun. I am your own personal Animal Planet.

Miniature pot bellied pigs as pets

Miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs have fast become one of the most sought after pets across the United States. Their unique appearance and high intelligence level can make owning a Pot-Bellied Pig an adventure.

Origins: Miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs originated in the jungles of Vietnam and China. They were introduced as pets in the United States in the mid-1980’s, when they were shipped in small numbers from neighboring Canada. The first Pot-Bellied Pigs to arrive in the States sold for prices as high as $25,000. Marketed as the perfect “companion pet,” the pigs were an instant hit in the U.S., selling out in record numbers.

Specifics: The average lifespan of a Miniature Pot-Bellied Pig is 12-18 years, though many of today’s pigs live to the age of 20. By the age of three, Pot-Bellied Pigs reach a peak weight of 125 pounds. The snout of miniatures is significantly longer than most domestic pigs and their ears stand erect, giving them an unusual appearance. Pot-Bellied Pigs have extremely poor eyesight, but a highly developed sense of smell.

Do They Make Good Pets?
Pot-Bellied Pigs can make excellent pets. Much like a dog owner would research a particular breed of dog before making a commitment to that animal, future Pot-Bellied Pig owners should do some reading, as well. Pot-Bellied Pigs have unique personalities and quirky traits that may or may not fit into your lifestyle. Many Veterinarians and Animal Behaviorists describe untrained Pot-Bellied Pigs as two year old children. If you can live long term with “the terrible twos” or commit to spending many hours training your pig, this animal can be a great addition to any household. Pot-Bellied Pigs are known for being intelligent, creative, playful and extremely curious.

Discipline: Most Animal Behaviorists agree that Pot-Bellied Pigs require the same amount of training that any other pet needs. Untrained pigs quickly learn to mimic their owners, opening doors and cupboards and rummaging through garbage and food areas. Untrained pigs also learn to demand what they want with a high pitched scream, and it isn’t unusual to be woken up at all hours when the pig has a need that wants to be filled. The good news is that Pot-Bellied Pigs are highly trainable and welcome to challenge to learn new things. Pot-Bellied Pigs can easily and quickly be taught the basics of house training, leash training and many simple tricks. Because Pot-Bellied Pigs are known for their intelligence, if you’re willing to sit down and teach your pet right from wrong, your pet will be willing to conform to your style of living.

Housing: Pot-Bellied Pigs can live indoors or out. The ideal living temperature for a pig is 70-degrees, so if you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to make space for your new pet indoors. Even if your pig lives primarily indoors, he’ll need a space to play and walk outdoors, as well. A fenced in area is usually recommended, though many county and city parks have made revisions that now include spaces for exotic animals.

Food: Pot-Bellied Pigs can be fed commercially prepared foods specially developed for their diet. Pigs also like fresh fruits and vegetables and both can be added to their food at will. Fresh water should also be available at all times.

Behavior Problems, Territorial Aggression:
Pot-Bellied Pigs have the tendency to be very territorial and will protect their space through aggression. Much as a dog holds on to a bone, your pig may be willing to fight for his space, as well. Most aggression can be toned down with time and training. Pigs are very responsive to the word “NO.”

Rooting: Pigs naturally root. If you provide your pig with a small amount of dirt and play area outdoors, most rooting problems can be cut to a minimum.

Food: Pigs will eat anything. Just as you place food, medications and other dangerous items out of a child’s reach, you must do the same for your new Pot-Bellied Pig.

The Plus Side: Pot-Bellied Pigs are extremely intelligent and easily trainable. Pot-Bellied Pigs can be taught almost anything, if you’re willing to spend the time necessary to work with your pet. Pot-Bellied Pigs have been known to play the piano, ride a scooter, drive a golf cart, ride in the car as a passenger, slam dunk a basketball and more. Potty training a pig takes much less time than teaching a puppy the same chore.

Health: Like any other pet, your pig will require vaccinations and regular checkups. Pot-Bellied Pigs are prone to sunburn and frostbite, so taking special precautions in summer and winter months is crucial.

Pigs require attention, discipline and a space they can call home. Given the proper guidance, Pot-Bellied Pigs are enjoyable pets that integrate well with families.

Listen, I seriously know you want to have your toes pulled off with machinery right now. I’m sorry. It hurts me too, when I have nothing to write about. But think of it this way: Temptation Island II starts soon, and then you can read my posts about the island debauchery with your very own pet piggy by your side! And don’t tell me you don’t think it’s interesting that pigs can get sunburned. My favorite part of all this info is the territorial aggression and discipline. Life is good. You should name your new Pig Mandy. Or Kaya! Or TONYA!

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