DIY NO Sew Pet T-shirt

As Hamlet grows, it has become harder and harder to find her clothes. Since pig clothes don't exist, I had to get a little creative. I know when I say "make" your head immediately goes to sewing. You will not need to be a master at sewing! Promise. Don't worry, I will teach you my ways. Muahahaha. Sorry, It was too easy. 

Here's all you'll need.

Supples: 

  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Something to write with.

To be safe, measure the t-shirt and your pet directly before buying. Always give your pet a half an inch or more to make sure there is some wiggle room. If too tight, your pet can be uncomfortable. 

Now, take your supplies and follow the step by step video tutorial.

 

We would love to see your DIY Pet shirts! #Hammyandme.

ThOinks for joining us!!

HOGS & KISSES,

Melanie and Hamlet

 

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HAMLET THE PIGGY

Watch the video below to experience a day in the life of Hamlet. Like children, Pigs are happier when they have a routine. 

Hamlet's daily routine includes:

  1. Breakfast
  2. Sunbathe, nap, snuggling with the human and grazing.
  3. Watch TV 1 hour to 2 hours.
  4. Play with Toys.
  5. Sunbathe, nap, graze and snuggle with the human. 
  6. Dinner
  7. Snuggle with the human and watch TV.
  8. Bedtime- usually around 8 PM.

 

Hope you enjoy a day in the life of Hamlet.

Please feel free to comment on the Youtube video for any questions. 

The Do's & Don'ts of a Pig's Diet

When I brought Hamlet home, I didn't know a ton about what I could feed her. Let's prevent you from giving your pig the wrong and possibly toxic food.

Like most of us these days, I started researching on the internet. I didn't find many reputable sources. I spoke with Hamlet's vet and he suggested the following organizations who have helpful information about pigs of all kinds. 

Below are 3 resource that have been my go to places for pig updates and helpful information on how to keep Hamlet healthy and happy.

Southern California Aasociations of Miniuture Potbellied Pig (SCAMPP)

http://www.scampp.com/

Best Friends society  

http://bestfriends.org/resources/other-animals/what-feed-potbellied-pig

American Pig Association

http://americanminipigassociation.com/mini-pig-education/mini-pig-nutrition/healthy-foods/ 

Safe Food for Pigs

Here is a list of safe foods I have complied from the SCAMPP, The Best Friends Society and the American Pig Association. Please discuss food choices with your vet. 

VEGETABLES

  • ALL summer & winter squash
  • Acorn Squash
  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Artichoke
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Banana Squash
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Beets
  • Belgian endive
  • Bell Peppers
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Black Salsify
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Burdock Root
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Buttercup Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage & red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chayote Squash
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chickweed
  • Chives
  • Collard greens
  • Corn 
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion flower and leaves
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Galangal Root
  • Green Beans
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Green Soybeans (Edamame)
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Lima Beans
  • Manoa
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Parsnips
  • Pea Pods
  • Peanuts (unsalted)
  • Peas Plantain
  • Pumpkin
  • Purple Asparagus
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes & leaves
  • Red clover
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rutabagas
  • Shallots
  • Snow Peas
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Spring Baby Lettuce
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip greens

FRUITS

  • Apples NO SEEDS
  • Apricots NO PITS
  • Bananas & peels
  • Bitter Melon
  • lack Currants
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Breadfruit
  • Cactus Pear
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cape Gooseberries
  • Cherimoya
  • Cherries NO PITS
  • Clementines
  • Coconut
  • Crab Apples
  • Cranberries fresh or dried
  • Dates
  • Durian
  • Elderberries – Blue
  • Elderberries – Purple Feijoa
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes, cut in half 
  • uava
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Huckleberries
  • Jackfruit
  • Jujube
  • Kiwi & peels
  • Kumquats
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Loganberries
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarine NO PITS
  • Olallie berries
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches NO PITS
  • Pears NO PITS
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Plums NO PITS
  • Pomegranate
  • Pummelo
  • Quince
  • Raspberries
  • Red Banana
  • Red Currants
  • Sapodillas
  • Sharon Fruit
  • Star fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Thimbleberry
  • Watermelon & rind

GRAINS

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Brown Rice, cooked
  • Corn
  • Farro
  • Freekah
  • Millet
  • Oats / Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Sorghum / Milo
  • Teff

NUTS & SEEDS (UNSALTED)

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
  • Flax Seeds (in moderation)
  • Grape Seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Hemp Hearts / Hemp Seeds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Papaya Seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Walnuts

LEGUMES

  • Must be cooked – NO canned beans
  • Alfalfa
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Boston Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Fava Beans
  • Field Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Mayocoba Beans
  • Mung Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Split Peas

SPECIAL SNACKS

  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Water
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Fruit Juice with no sugar added
  • Gerber Toddler Puffs
  • Granola
  • Peanut Butter on celery
  • Popcorn Air Popped
  • (No oils, butter, or seasoning)
  • 100% Pumpkin Canned
  • Warmed/cooked oatmeal
  • Whole Pumpkin
  • Yogurt, Plain or Greek 

 

Below is SCAMPP's List of Toxic plants.

http://www.scampp.com/InfoNewsletter-Jan2017/Toxic%20plant%20list-5%20pages-rev.pdf

  

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DO NOT FEED YOUR PIG:

  • Dog and cat foods.
  • ANY processed human food.
  • Foods like ceral and crackers
  • Foods with high amounts of salt and sugar.
  • Vitamin C should only be given in moderation. It may cause bladder stones.

 *Pleas note that I am NOT a veterinarian. All of the content in this post is based on the research I have found over the years. If you have a concern about what you are giving you pig, please call your vet.*

If you have an animal related poison-related emergency, you can call ASPCA Poison control at the 888-426-4435

To find more information about pigs and what to feed your pig at

Southern California Aasociations of Miniuture Potbellied Pig (SCAMPP)

http://www.scampp.com/PiggyInfo.html

Best Friends society  

http://bestfriends.org/resources/other-animals/what-feed-potbellied-pig

American Pig Association

http://americanminipigassociation.com/mini-pig-education/mini-pig-nutrition/healthy-foods/ 

 

Please feel free to email me at Melanie@hamletthepiggy.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

 

Red, White & Blue Pig Friendly Popsicle

When I think of Memorial Day, I think food, family and fun. Why leave your little piggy or other fur baby left to beg for food. Try Hammy's red, white and blue popsicle. It's so simple a dog can do it (Pigs are the 5th smartest mammal :))!

All you need is:

  • Small plastic container 
  • Water
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Freezer

Steps

  1. Watch the video below.
  2. Follow the video perfectly.
  3. Freeze your masterpiece.
  4. Feed your pig Hammy's Red, White and Blue popsicle.
  5. Watch your pig go to town on your delicious creation. 

SHOW AND TELL

#Hammyandme on instagram to show us your creations and for a chance to be featured on Hamlet's INSTAGRAM.

Pigs are great pets FOR SOME PEOPLE....

Come on. You know the thought has crossed your mind. Should I get a pet pig?!  Why, not? Especially a piglet!!! Their little snouts. Those little oinks. And that rambunctious personality. But, there is more to consider other than the cuteness. What will this pet pig need? Are prepared for your future pet pig to weigh up to 200 lbs? Adopt or buy a pig? What's their life span? Does your pig need a city license? Where will you buy pig feed? How will you train and discipline your pig? What will your pig do when you're at work?

Once considering these questions, a pet pig seems like a bigger responsibility than most think.

Don't get me wrong, Hamlet has been the best pet I have ever had. She is sweet, sassy, mischievous, lovable and quite the snuggle monster. BUT when Hamlet first came into my life, I quickly realized this wasn't like having your average pet. Looking back, there was so much I had to learn. I wasn't even close to being prepared.

I want to help you make a responsible and thoughtful decision before bring a pet pig home. 

Please take the time to consider these questions before bringing a pet pig in your home. These are only questions to give you an idea of the responsibility of a pet pig. The responsibility of owning a pig is not limited to these questions.  

What will this pet pig need?

Here is an list of items I had prepared before Hamlet came home. 

  • Clean bed and blanket
  • Water dish
  • Pet playpen or baby gate to confine pig to a safe space
  • Litter pan and horse bedding, pine pellet, or paper litter. I don't use pine litter because Hamlet tries to eat it. I recommend paper litter. You can find paper litter at any pet store.
  • Kennel or Crate
  • Clean indoor and outdoor area to call their own. 
  • Baby Wipes & Baby Shampoo
  • Vet phone numbers
  • Mini pig pellets. I reccomened Mazuri pig pellets (http://www.mazuri.com/minipig.aspx).
  • Cheerios, veggies and fruit
  • Figure 8 Harness & Leash

Where will you buy pig feed?

I buy Hamlet's pig pellets at a local farm feed store. I have also found that you can buy pig pellets online. Pig pellets are not always easy to find. I typically keep a month or two worth of food on hand at all times. 

Are you prepared for a pet pig that can grow to weigh up to 200 lbs?

Wouldn't it be nice if a micro pigs existed?! Well, they don't. All micro pigs are potbellied pigs. These adorable creatures are considered and called "mini" because they are mini, domesticated versions of the 1,000 pound farm animals. According to the American Pig Association, "Healthy mini pigs average from 50-150 pounds. Some smaller bred mini pigs average 50-80 pounds." If a breeder tells you your "mini" pig will be smaller than that, they're lying to you and might be giving you advice to feed your pig too little. 

Adopt or buy a pet pig?

Buying a pig is risky. You have no idea what kind of pig your going to get. Maybe you should ask yourself, Why do you want to buy a pig? Do you think it will guarantee you a "micro pig"? Or do you simply want a piglet? The average cost of buying a pig from a breeder is over $2,000.

Did you know that thousands and thousands of owners are surrendering their pet pigs to shelters a year? Pigs of all ages and sizes. Unfortunately, animal shelters and rescues are unable to save all the pigs that are not adopted and these pig are euthanized. I guarantee that there is a pet pig in your area that needs a home.

Here are a couple pig rescues I recommend:

Penelope's purpose: http://penelopespurpose.org/

Best Friends Society: http://bestfriends.org/adopt

What is the life span of a pig?

The average pig lives for 12 to 18 years.

Do I need to have a pet pig license? 

Most cities have regulations for owning a pet pig. The best way to find out if your city has regulation is to go to your city website or city hall. Most cities only allow pet pigs in certain city zoning areas.

How will I train and discipline my pet pig? 

There are a lot of misconceptions about disciplining a pig. PIGS ARE NOT LIKE DOGS. You can not discipline your pig like a dog. Pigs are extremely sensitive and emotional creatures. They feel a vast amount of different emotions. I highly recommend, "Mini Pig Training Book: Tricks, Life Skills, and Communication with Your Mini Pig" by Kimberly L Chronister

What will your pig do while you are at work?

Pigs need constant care and social attention. Pigs are also very intelligent and get bored. When a pig is bored they can become destructive. I DO NOT recommend getting a pet pig if you have a job that will force you to leave your pig inside for over 4 hours. Your pig will need plenty of time outside to sunbathe and graze. Your pig will also need time with you to attach and bond. I believe it is best if there is a family member who works part time, works from home or works close to home where they can visit their pig during the day. 

Be a responsible future pet pig owner and take these questions seriously before bring a pig home. Hamlet and all the other piggies out there thOink you. 

If there is a topic that I covered that you would like to know more about or maybe a topic you would like me to blog about, feel free to shoot me at email at Melanie@hamletthepiggy.com. 

New content relating to pigs can be found here weekly.  

Alfred Tea Meet and Greet!

ThOink you so much to everyone who came out to meet me on Tuesday, April 18th at Alfred Tea in West Hollywood! It was so amazing meeting all of our new friends from near and far. We had so many incredible friends come! Some of our friends came all the way from San diego and some   even skipped school! Talk about one cool Mom...;) There was even a cat in a dress and a 3 month old baby pig!!

Tea + New Friends= Best Day Ever

 

#AdventuresOfHammy

Hey Bae!

Have your heard?! You can now take me home!! I know... SQEAL! Now that we are going to be the bestest of friends, you have to make sure to tag me in all our insta-adventures.I cant wait to come home with you and go on some adventures. Be a friend and share all your adventures with your Hammy by Hashtaging your #AdventuresofHammy ! I will be reposting Hammy’s adventures with all her new besties every week!

So be a friend and share those pics with me. ;) Don't hog them to yourself :) Oh and please get my good side.

Hashtag your #AdventuresofHammy ! I will be reposting Hammy’s adventures with all her new besties every week!

ThOinks for all your love and support.

ThOinks so much!

Hamlet and Melanie