With pot-belly pigs posing as pets seemingly the flavour of the month, TygerBurger took another plunge into the rewarding world of owning one of these irrepressible mammals.

Only this time, the wacky tale reveals how a pig can live in harmony with dogs and cats and how dogs and cats have little choice but to live in harmony with a pig.

Suffice to say the star of the show is Mia, the miniature pot-belly pig.

Jessie, Madi and Keto form part of the canine supporting cast while felines Romeo and Juliet grace all concerned with holier-than-thou guest appearances.

This off-beat comedy, which is set in Big Bay, is directed by co-owner Wendy Robertson.

The story starts with a journalist who parks in front of an ordinary town house and immediately notices Romeo and Juliet.

The cats assess him in a split-second and exchange cursory glances.

“Ho-hum,” Romeo seems to say.

“Tell me about it,” responds Juliet nonchalantly.

Once in the house, the three playful dogs race towards the stranger with the sole aim of covering him with dribble and hair.

Jessie is a Jack Russel, Madi is a cross between a ridgeback, German shepherd and a border collie, and Keto is a purebred “liquorice allsorts” – in other words he’s a pavement special with a sense of entitlement.

While the dogs waggle and muzzle a foreign grunting noise accompanies a trotting mass of miniature pig.

Mia’s tiny hoof-like paws clippety-clop on the white tiles and she is clearly very excited about something.

For a moment the journalist thinks that Mia is also going to vie for attention, but she trots right past him and the slobbering dogs and straight towards the newly filled food bowl.

She zestfully gorges the food while co-owner Robertson explains what it’s like to own a suspiciously large miniature pig.

“Sometimes we call her Mia and sometimes pork chop or Shmoo. She is definitely smarter than the others,” states Robertson.

“We potty-trained her in just three months!”

She doesn’t know exactly how heavy Mia is, but she clearly recalls how difficult it was to get her in the car when the family moved from their previous house at Atlantic Beach.

“I said to my daughter, Jody, that it wouldn’t be a problem. One will hold that end and one will hold this end and we just quickly put her in the car! It took four of us 20 minutes!”

Some ingenious coaxing involving a big blanket and a little deception finally got the job done.

“The noise! It sounded like she was being slaughtered … The minute she was in the car she was quiet and stood with her head between the seats with a quivering lip – just like a baby.”

When the hordes of animals arrived at their new home, the cats went off doing mysterious things that only cats know, and the dogs scurried around the garden smelling here, scratching there and bounding everywhere.

“She came through the side-gate, stayed on the grass for 24 hours, then it took her three days to move from the patio into the house. She took her time, unlike the dogs,” remembers Robertson.

“She has never bitten anyone,” she adds. TygerBurger reported recently about Ziggy the pot-belly pig from Milnerton, who has a tendency to nibble at ankles. Ziggy’s owner even had to wear gumboots as protection.

Mia is quite the opposite.

The dogs respect her, the cats couldn’t be bothered, and the impeccably clean, soft-hearted Mia just goes about her daily business of creeping ever deeper into the hearts of everyone who sees her.

***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

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