It’s been quite a week for Winston the pig. Last week I was shingling a roof. I made a passing comment to the homeowner about Winston . She asked me later if there was any chance I could bring her to work the next day to play with their daughter.
” I don’t see why not,” I said, so the next morning I loaded Winston in a cage and brought him to the job site. I jokingly said she, (the mom) should call the local paper…”it’s not every day a pig comes to visit.” Would you believe a few hours later Michelle from the local paper shows up, does an interview and snaps two pictures. At the end of the day, mom asks if there was any way Winston could spend the night? Again, I said, “I don’t see why not”, so Winston stays for a sleepover The next morning the mom tells me Winston had snuggled up with them on a bean bag when they slept in the back yard. It was precious.
When I got her home, we noticed a marked change in behavior. She would cry when we walked away from her pen.
When I get home after work , I’ll go over to her pen and call her, “Here pig.” she literally runs across the field to me, her big ears flapping. One of her favorite activities is taking a walk on a new walking trail behind the barn. The first few weeks she was with us, we led her around on a leash. Since spending the night with Gracie, we don’t need the leash.
Wednesday morning I noticed something unusual. When I put her in the pen that morning, rather than hanging around the fence and whine , she took off, made a bee line for the cattle shed. I thought to myself..something is fishy…she’s been such a social creature …so I jumped into the yard to see what was so important…..Mulberries…. hundreds of ripe mulberries on the ground. There was a branch of them hanging over the roof of the cattle shed…they would roll down the roof, onto the ground in front of that building. and she was inhaling them like they were candy.
Winston eating mulberries
She is without a doubt, one of the luckiest pigs in all of Iowa.
Be sure to check out her page on facebook under Winston Randolph. Her goal is to get 10,000 friends. She is also thinking about making a calendar for next year with a dozen photo’s. Pass the word…and let’s see if we can make her “America’s favorite pig.”
There has got to be a lesson there with those mulberries…..