Smooch, the adorable pot-bellied pig who is a close friend of Puddleby’s, has a very rough start to his life. As a young pig, he was found many years ago by the local ASPCA in an overcrowded “piggy factory.” He had contracted the parvo virus and was near death. This little pig clearly needed a special home and support to save his life.
The animal shelter contacted a local farmer, Mr. McFadden, who was a respected third-generation farmer and widower. The shelter asked if he might take the orphan pig to live on his farm.
Mr. McFadden was known as the kind, gentle-souled “granddad” of the community, and if anyone could wean this little piggy back to health it would be Mr. McFadden. But it was not an easy sell to convince the long-retired gentleman to take home and nurture the frail, three pound pig. But in the end, (although rather reluctantly), Farmer McFadden did agree to take little “Smooch,” and the pig found security and freedom.
Mr. McFadden confided to some close friends at the senior center that he would lay on the floor with the piggy and watch television at night, and the pig would slobber smooches all over Mr. McFadden’s face. Thus “Smooches” stuck as a name, and was eventually shortened to “Smooch.”
Once the pig was well and gained enough weight to survive without the constant care of Mr. McFadden (and didn’t need to live in the farmer’s house anymore!), Smooch tagged along with Mr. McFadden to the barnyard where he encountered Cedric, the goose. Smooch and Cedric became good friends.
We'd like to send a big thank you to Joyce Wells and Angel Enterprise who donated our real-life pig, Smooch, to support Puddleby Pony and the Going Miles for Smiles Foundation. Click here to learn more about the pigs Joyce has available!