Pets Like Me: Oliver

These days, seeing a pig walking calmly on a leash isn’t strange. The mammals are smart and they’re fascinating members of the animal kingdom.

As with all animals, pigs have reasons for why they do what they do. But we can’t read their minds, so some of their antics just look plain silly. On the upside, they can learn to shake a hoof as easily as they can master doors—fridge included.



Davi: Tell me something about yourself most people don’t know.

Oliver: I blow my coat at least once a year. Just like dogs, pigs shed their hair; it often happens in the spring to prepare for summer heat. No worries—we grow back a new coat of hair for the winter.


What’s daily farm life really like?

Blissful and peaceful. It’s better than any other kind of life I know.


What food do you crave most often?

I love all food. Grain’s tasty; fresh veggies and fruit are yummy, too. Bananas, carrots, celery, apples—you name it, I eat it!


Do you “sweat like a pig”?

Pigs don’t sweat much, so we wallow in the mud to cool ourselves. Pigs are naturally clean. We keep our toilet area far away from where we sleep and eat. Mud keeps parasites off our skin.


Is it true pigs are as smart as dogs?

Yes! We’re among the smartest of all domesticated animals and have booming social lives, too!


Can pigs get sunburned?

Yes. It’s very easy for that to happen. We love sunbathing and will lie for hours, not knowing we’re getting burned. I wear special oinkment to protect my skin.


Let’s discuss your snout.

It’s one of my most striking features; it’s specially designed for rooting in the ground. Pigs use snouts for fun, digging up stuff to play with, but we also sniff out black gold … aka, truffles.


Can pigs fly, and if so, when?

Pigs can’t fly, but we can squeal!


Why are pigs good pets?

We’re not boaring. Those of the porcine persuasion are smart, sociable and trainable, like our canine persuasion pals!


Any special talents?

I can roll over, sprint at top speeds and I’m potty-trained.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done?

Chasing my humans around the farm. I’m a road hog, so running after me is hard work. Pigs don’t run in a straight line; we zig-zag when we zip.


In one word, describe your family.



Turns out, pigs are pack animals just like dogs, craving attention and time with loved ones. Pigs have some serious communication skills, and if a pig considers you a friend, you’ll be greeted with a happy snort right before they roll over for a tummy rub. Just like a dog.


Davi the Dachshund can do some serious squeals of joy upon seeing special friends as well as Wilbur ever did.