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I had a request to explain how my old pet boar saved my life so this discussion thread is dedicated to him but, I'm starting at the beginning. Here is a pictures of Dozer & his 1/2 sister Dotti when we brought them home at 3 weeks old. Yes, they are in a dog crate.

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While all of the piglets warm up to you eventually if you just sit in their pen patiently, Dozer owned me from the beginning. He would always climb into my lap when I'd sit down on the fresh straw.

Oh he was such a handsome boy too. Dozer was a spotted pig. We bought a total of 5 spotted piglets, for breeding. Dozer was the only spotted boar we bought though. Our spotted pigs were our most expensive. Dozer himself was $300, which is not n extremely high amount for a top quality pig but it's very high for farm pigs.

Look at those cute little tails. If you can't tell at this age which is the boar & which is the gilt, the boar (male) is the one on the left with the tail straight down because he is very focused on what he's digging for. I would hide fresh vegetables all over the pen before putting fresh straw down to give them some entertainment.

Maybe we had such good pigs because we treated them so well & loved them. It didn't matter to us if they were destined for the butcher or the breeding pen, they were all treated as pets first! But there is always one bad apple no matter what you do.

Well Dozer grew up thinking he was a puppy dog. MY puppy dog. He woud follow me everywhere, come when called, loved having behind his ears scratched and would snuggle up to me. Remember we are NOT talking about a pot-bellied pig. We are talking about a regular full-size pig. Even at 500+lbs Dozer was my puppy dog. I wish I had more pictures of him when he was bigger, most are of him younger & smaller.

Well we had a very good group of pigs to start our breeding program but there was this one little hereford gilt (a rare breed called hereford cebause they were bred to look like hereford cows) who never really warmed up to us & was always very stand-offish. Her name was peppermint. We named her peppermint & her sister canday cane because they were red & white and born in December. This was our bad apple. Of course in this picture she's all cute. It turns out this was the only photo I shave of her because of "the incident". But she grew up and grew big. And mean!

These pictures show her littermate sister Candy Cane. Obviously the mean streak didn't run in the family.

This picture is actually candy cane but I don't have pictures of peppermint bigger. So, one day when I wasn't feeling well, I went in to visit the big pigs, Each 300-500 lbs at this point. I didn't wear my steel toed shoes & i didn't bring in a walking stick, just a scoop of "treat grain" (which is the cow grain with molasses in it - the pigs don't "need" the molasses). I wasn't planning on staying too long since I had pneumonia. I only went in to check the water supply & check on the pigs.

Yea a 500 PLUS lb puppy dog. We got to a point where I would lay over his back for several minutes to give him his snuggle time cause he keep wanting to lay in my lap. lol
Jodi said:
500 lb puppy dog! :D


Charity Harris said:
Well Dozer grew up thinking he was a puppy dog. MY puppy dog. He woud follow me everywhere, come when called, loved having behind his ears scratched and would snuggle up to me. Remember we are NOT talking about a pot-bellied pig. We are talking about a regular full-size pig. Even at 500+lbs Dozer was my puppy dog. I wish I had more pictures of him when he was bigger, most are of him younger & smaller.


This picture is of Dozer when he was bigger. He would never pose for the camera. What a man! So while I was in the barn corral with the pigs, Peppermint decided to attack me. She was at least 300lbs at this point. She knocked me to the ground and I couldn't get up. She was attacking my legs in a head throwing type head butt. But it wouldn't be long before she moved up to softer areas of my body and possibly cause internal damage or start biting. We do not de-tusk our pigs either. Remember a pig really can chew through bone.

Well before I really knew what was going on, Dozer came charging to my rescue. He pysically bit & wrestled her away from me long enough for me to get up and out of the barn. I don't know how much Peppermint was going to try to hurt me or even why she decided to attack that day. She left the farm that week. And Dozer later became daddy to his first litter of piglets with our favorite gilt - Angel. But she's a story for another week.

Actually pigs are described as SMARTER than dogs but, you were close.

Yes the ones with red in them are a rare breed called Hereford, bred to look like the Hereford cattle. The breed was created with quite a lot of Duroc stock. The parenting of peppermint & candy cane were that they were rescued from their own mother when she went bonkers & started killing her own piglets while they were only a week or so old. The farmer happened to be close enough to run when he heard the noise and save the ones he could. We decided both sisters needed to go to market after this incident. It's bad for the whole barn to have one bad apple.


Catman said:
I'm thinking the ones with red have some Duroc lines in them. They tend to have a mean streak. LOL
Great story! Dozer sounds like he was a good one..
(It has been speculated that hogs have the intelligence level of dogs, def. the smartest livestock classed animals)

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