The Pigs

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, three little pigs came to live with us. They needed a place to live and we wanted to take them in. Although we were already vegan animal lovers, we had no idea how much they would change our lives. As a family of six (four sons), we've always cared for companion dogs and cats but these piggies changed the way we look at and our sensitivity to all "farm" animals. 

three pigs grazing in field, Grand Rapids Michigan vegan animal sanctuary fundraiser

My sons and I committed to a vegan lifestyle in the spring of 2016, and our reasons were primarily ethical and for spiritual/religious reasons. (My oldest son, then 12, was the one who initiated our journey into veganism- it's another great story for a blog post some time!) We knew that the Creator of the universe, the Creator of us, was the same loving God that made all living beings. There was no doubt about it. The breath of life is the breath of life, and it comes from only one force.

three pigs roaming in a field, grand rapids michigan vegan sanctuary piggy

We made it our priority to follow the merciful example made by our Savior and made it our regular practice to honor the beautiful living creation that not only conveniently surrounded us but also those who were overlooked and silenced because their spirits dwelled in different body types. We came to want more exposure and experience with the marginalized and overlooked "farm animals."  Our home's zoning did not allow "farm" animals and in time, we prepared to move. Once moved into the country about 25 minutes away, an opportunity to take in three beloved pigs came into our path.

This (below) is Big Carlos with me. He's around 125 lbs of pure love. He is the dad of the Moana & Mogley and we always wonder if he realizes that. He is the boss, and can be a little skittish around some people. He is polite, waits for me to put the food bowls down for his babies, then calmly approaches his bowl after they've gotten started eating. He wags his tail a lot and is a great alpha pig leader of their herd.

This is sweet little Moana!  She is a little princess, and her sass, snuggles & attitude make up for being the only girl. She's the most vocal, most pushy and the slowest eater. She always tries to get the prime sleeping spot on their pile of straw- the prime spot is right next to the wall. Every night she tries and every night she gets kicked out of the prime spot by Big Carlos. She's quick to fall over to her side for belly rubs, and adores children, especially girls.

And this... this is my sweetest little boy- this is Mogley.  He is gentle, sweet, peaceful, loving, and snuggly.  He rolls over for me within seconds of touching his belly. He is slightly smaller than his sister Moana and his tail wags the fastest.  Any time other than meal time, he is the most chill of the three pigs.  At meal time, he gets pretty excited and runs around a lot.  He's the only one of them that leaves his food bowl to get drinks of water, then goes back to finish- it's pretty adorable. He is playful, comes easiest when motioned, called or tempted... he stays close to me. Mogley and I have a special bond and I see so much of my own heart and personality in him, his eyes are beautiful. Here he is with Jennifer, the wonderful graphic designer of some of our shirts.

Mogley, enjoying a fresh mud pit with Carlos...

three pigs in michigan vegan sanctuary

Here I am, picking up food bowls after feeding them, these are the two siblings, the smaller of the three, Mogley & Moana:

Big Carlos the pig taking a stroll with my friends:

I love this picture of Carlos- he looks so majestic, peaceful & strong:

peaceful pig, Carlos grazing on grass in field, vegan Michigan animal sanctuary

All the piggies rounding up for some treats & some belly rubs... ♥

Little Mogley cooling off in his pool! It was a hot day. Their little pool is in the shade of their barn and they DO use it! The sides have to stretch out when Carlos lies down in it. Pretty adorable if I must say. In this photo, you can see a little more of Mogley's eyes:
pig in swimming pool pot belly pig barn pool cooling off

One more of precious Carlos.

Before adopting these friends, we had very little experience with pigs. Okay, none really. We'd snuggled up with a few rescued farm pigs at the New York Farm Sanctuary but besides that, we have been learning as we go, with a few VERY knowledgeable, generous and helpful mentors.  Every day, we love these friends, they are our family, like our indoor dogs & cats. Every day, we engage with them like we do with the indoor animals. We pray for them, protect them, love them, care for them, play with them. Sometimes we get curled up legs & sweet smiles like this:

Smiling pig in the mud, muddy pig, smiling sleeping piggy michigan pig rescue sanctuary

Thanks for reading their story and learning a little about them. 

The piggies are often featured on our instagram page but don't have a page all of their own yet.  Please follow along on our 6th Commandment Vegan instagram page for some piggy love, along with new shirt designs, sales, and vegan motivation.