|Charlotte and Templeton even showed up!|
|Trying to make them spic and span!|
|Judge is really studying Brandon's pig. Wish that pole weren't there. I'll have to try to edit that one out.|
This year, Brandon decided to buy 3 pigs instead of the 2 he had last year. As with any animal that will not be here 'long term,' we had tried not to name them. But with Katelyn's creativity and her love of animals, they somehow get names assigned to them. This year, the three little pigs were eventually named Wheezy, Doug and Hammie. Let me explain the names--Wheezy has a little difficulty breathing. At first we thought he had pneumonia or bronchitis or something of the sorts; but after being treated, he continued with his 'wheezy' breathing. The vet believed it was some sort of birth defect--he was born with too-small airways. His health was fine otherwise, gaining weight right up there with the other two. He just wasn't able to physically keep up with the other two pigs when we got them out walking, so he would stay behind, coughing, hacking and wheezing. Thus the name :-) We debated the week prior to the show if we would even take him to the show. We didn't want people to think we were abusing him or he was suffering in any way. The vet said he was perfectly healthy and not contagious, so we thought we might as well take him along. Definitely glad that decision was made. He ended up doing the best out of the three! Unbelievable! He got medium weight reserve champion!
|This was where the judge picked Brandon's pig as 1st in his class. The pig's expression cracks me up--looks like he's just as surprised as the rest of us! His jaw dropped too!|