Smooshed Donuts & Stale Cereal – Gratitude Rant #5

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So… I love raising pigs.

We’ve only had them for a couple months now, but we’ve already had so much fun with them that I’m thinking I might have to make pigs a permanent fixture on the old homestead — raising a few every year, just because they’re just so much fun!

I love their bright eyes, their bristly chins, and their wobbly jowls.

I love their inquisitive nature and their skittish little explosions.

It’s extremely satisfying to watch them snortin’ and rootin’ around the pigpen. And it’s incredible to see how fast they grow! I’m usually out there 2 or 3 times a day, and I swear it seems like they get bigger every time I see them.

But by far, my favorite thing about those weaner pigs is watching them eat.

I tell ya, it just brings a smile to my face!

I could stand there for hours, just watching them scarf down their food. That is, if I wasn’t always so doggone busy all the time…

Fortunately though, thanks to some family and friends, we’ve got plenty of good stuff (a.k.a. “Junk Food”) to feed to those little weaner pigs — and it didn’t cost me a dime!

Y’see, a friend of mine who lives just down the road from us, has this sweet hookup with a local donut shop, and periodically he’ll come home with big 40 or 50 lb garbage bags full of smooshed, week-old donuts to feed to the pigs.

And then there’s my cousin’s husband, who works at the local cereal factory. This last Saturday, he gave me three 55 gallon barrels’ worth of expired cereal.

Sure, it might not be the healthiest diet for our pigs. They’ll probably be diabetic by the time it’s all said and done. But gosh, they just love it so much!

The minute those weaner pigs hear the rustling of a “Marshmallow Mateys” bag, they come a-running!

Of course, at the same time, I’m still supplementing their diet with a high protein pig feed — not to mention all the old pumpkins, cabbage stalks, and any other garden waste we can come up with. But one thing is certain:

Those pigs sure have got it good — and at the end of the day, I just love watching them eat their donuts and cereal!

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Very grateful, indeed.

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