PATRICK THE PET PIG - Fred Attewill - 31st August, 2010
FAMILY SEND PET PIG TO CANINE OBEDIENCE CLASSES
The Louden family weren’t keen on having a dog as a family pet so they chose what they thought was the next best thing – a pig.
They get a few strange looks when they take Patrick out for a walk but to them he is a ‘joy to be around’ and is even taking obedience lessons.
‘It’s like having a fourth child – he is brilliant, the kids are great with him and he’s great with the kids,’ said mother-of-three Catherine Louden.
‘He stays in the house, but cannot get up the stairs because he only has little legs and is a bit heavy.’
And she says he ‘socialises a lot more with different people’ since attending lessons at the Happy Dogs obedience school in Hurworth in Co Durham.
Former police dog trainer David Davies was more than happy to have Patrick, from nearby Shildon, join his classes.
‘Catherine contacted me and said she had been turned down by about ten dog trainers but I was very interested,’ he said.
‘He has come on leaps and bounds in the six weeks I have had him and is a joy to teach.
‘Initially I did not know she meant a pig, I thought it was an awkward dog when she said it was “a pig”.’
Mrs Louden said it was the family’s love of the film Babe that inspired them to chose a pig as a pet.
‘We have three little boys so we let them pick the pet we were going to get. They love the film Babe and we are not keen on dogs so we went with a pig. He has never gone for anybody and is rarely in a bad mood. He is a very placid pig.