When you think about pets, what images come to mind? Dogs? Cats? Maybe the occasional reptile, rodent, or bird. Why not a potbelly pig? Most folks think pigs don’t belong in the house, but most folks haven’t met Mr. Tasty.
When the Damaris family — Robyn, Jason, and their son Dylan, 6 — couldn’t agree on what kind of dog to get, they eventually decided since everybody’s got a dog, why not get something more fun? They found an online ad for a litter of potbelly pigs from a farm on Camano Island. It was love at first sight.
Potbellies don’t usually like to play with toys, but blankets and pillows are hog heaven. They love to snuggle (who doesn’t?), root around, and play chase. “He’s really playful,” says Dylan. “He likes to push me with his nose.”
Mr. Tasty is a true potbelly. The pigs can get up to 150 pounds, but a typical size is 60 to 80 pounds at maturity. Potbellies require a good outdoor space for them to root around if you want to keep your yard intact.
Don’t let the name worry you though. Mr. Tasty is nobody’s bacon. “He just wants your love and affection,” says Robyn. He gets plenty of it as the newest member of the Damaris family.