The South Florida pot-bellied pig isn’t just a budding fashionista and Instagram star. She’s a certified therapy pig who spends time bringing joy to seniors at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach Gardens.
“The nursing home residents and even the nurses just LOVE her,” Blue’s owner, Jahaira Zamora-Duran, told HuffPost in an email. “All we see are smiles and all we hear is ‘You just made my day!’ Everyone’s eyes light up when we walk in and they just can’t believe it’s a pig.”
For many residents, simply petting and visiting with Blue is therapeutic. Blue also know a number of tricks, like spinning, sitting, kissing, bowing and even playing “piano.”
She then began to go about getting Blue officially certified. Not all organizations certify pigs, and the process involves online training for the owner and a health screening, and thorough behavior evaluation for the animal.
But as wonderful as Blue is, her owner notes that pigs are not the best pets for everyone. She emphasized the importance of properly researching them if you’re interested in owning one.
“Owning a pig is a 15+ year commitment and they will not stay baby size forever. A mini pig is weighs under 300 pounds, this is mini compared to a 900 pound farm hog.”
“Blue loves the camera.” “She will hold a pose until the flash goes off, and contrary to what people may think she really enjoys dressing up and posing!