and he's dreamy.... big & broad shouldered, long eyelashes, funny & sweet... ah, arnold!
i met him this weekend, while i was at the radiant retreat with a fantastic group of girls. the camp keeps a small "petting zoo" kind of farm, and arnold is an 800lb part of it. he's been raised since he was a wee little pig to be a pet, and he is very friendly and comes when you call him... so funny! but the best part of this story is that he likes to eat eggs, and the chickens in the barn just happen to lay them by the fistful! the camp director, dennis, told me that if i found any eggs i could collect them up and feed them to arnold... and so i did! not only me, but almost every girl in our cabin got to gently drop the egg into his (albeit disgusting) mouth and watch him merrily crunch them down and start sniffing the air for more! it may or may not have been the highlight of my weekend!
the first time i held my egg over the fence, he was 50ft away from me. persistent "aaarnooold! here pig pig pig!" got his attention, and with great effort he turned his body and wedged himself between two trees, stopping for a satisfying scratch on one of them, then slowly but determinedly hauled his bulk over to me, sniffing the air with his pink nose - the only part of him not covered in mud on a very hot day. as i placed the egg on the cusp of his lips, he almost seemed to smile... i could have sat all day.
thanks for the memories, arnold...