Slough couple who own pet pigs teach them tricks
MEET Ham Solo and Piggles – two adorable piggies who have found a new life in their home in Slough.
Sam White and Emily Pridham have transformed their old allotment space into their garden to house the two pigs after adopting them from ethical micro-pig breeder Kew Little Pigs five weeks ago.
The Slough couple came up with the unusual idea after visiting the organization for a day.
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Software engineer Sam said, “We heard about the pig farming courses and were very interested, I couldn’t believe how easy it was for all of this to happen.
“There are a lot of rules to follow, but everyone is really helpful, they’re just like any other pet.”
The 27-year-old, along with primary school teacher Emily, taught his piggies a few tricks, including ‘come’ and ‘turn’ like a dog.
The couple also ordered specialist pig harnesses so they could walk their new pets.
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Sam added: “It’s the beginning for us, but like a dog, pigs have a lifespan of 15 years, so we take our responsibilities very seriously.
“They are very food oriented so a lot of their skills involve trying to get food, this week we put apples on a string for them and it was fun watching them figure out how. remove them and enrich them.
“They’re also crazy about watermelon, if it’s food related, they’re guaranteed to be in it!”
Piggles and Ham Solo are already a hit with kids at the school where Emily works, who are shown pictures of the pets and hear about their daily antics.
And the unusual pets even have their own @piggles_and_hamsolo Instagram account which already has a strong following and promotes pig ownership.
Olivia Mikhail, owner of Kew Littles Pigs in Amersham, Bucks, said: “Responsible owners like Emily and Sam are what Kew Little Pigs is all about, and we make sure all of our potential owners take the pig keeping course. as they follow their new pets home.
“Raising a pig is very rewarding, and just like a dog, they are intelligent, empathetic and enthusiastic. We think pigs make the perfect pets!”