Don’t Call Me Pig!

Here's a cute story of a dog who has taken some piglets under her paw. Pigs are usually a dog's prey - but not always....

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jul 23rd 2009


Here’s a cute story of a dog who has taken some piglets under her paw.

Pigs are usually a dog’s prey – but not always. We found one example right here in Southwest Florida where a dog is serving as a lifeline to a litter of piglets struggling to survive after nearly drowning.

But for the litter of day-old piglets, they aren’t going to their birth mother for milk. Instead, a rottweiler-pit bull mix who just gave birth to eight puppies is naturally nursing the little squealers too.

“It’s amazing, it’s awesome. It’s good to see though. It’s good to see good things in life and this is one of them,” said Angel Roman, a friend of the farm’s owner Jim Favreau.

Farm owner Jim Favreau said he rescued the newborn pigs during Monday’s downpour.

Favreau brought the piglets inside to dry off. That’s when he said his dog Tequilla’s motherly instinct kicked in.

“With the noises they were making and everything, she just knew that they needed feed, so she fed them,” Favreau said.

“The dog would normally eat pigs. They would go out and hunt them. That’s something that they will do, but here this one is just nursing them along with her puppies so it’s like a rescue,” Angel Roman said.

Favreau said Tequilla will nurse the piglets for about a week. Then he’ll start giving them pig feed.

If the picture above hasn’t provided you with enough cuteness go to NBC News 2 Online where you can view more photos of Tequilla and her piglets.

* Photo courtesy NBC2.com