I Played With Mini Pigs For An Afternoon, And It Made My Year

Photo via @nyteacuppiggies Instagram

Meet the breeders that are making a positive change in the world of teacup piglets

Anybody that knows me knows I have a mildly alarming obsession with mini pigs. If you look at my Facebook page, my friends tag me in every adorable mini pig story on the internet or repeatedly post the same links on my wall (I have been tagged in the Rihanna “Work” mini pig mash-up at least 18 times). Being that I love them so much, and dream of the day that my apartment is large enough for me to house a sweet little pig of my own, I constantly research breeders and farms in the area in the little free time I do have. That’s when I stumbled across NY Teacup Piggies.

Laura and Greg Anderson have been breeding under NY Teacup Piggies for 12 years and are responsible for some very happy city-dwelling and farm-living (and some even Instagram famous) teacup pigs. When I read that they actually do “piggy parties,” meaning they come to you with a couple of these sweet angels for you to meet and play with, I almost cried tears of joy. Once I got the go-ahead that I was allowed to transform the NYLON studio into a piglet playpen for an afternoon, I prepared for my dreams to come true.

This is Oinkert. He is the sweetest angel I have ever had the opportunity to cuddle.

 In case you weren’t sure what pure joy looks like, here’s an example below (that's me trying not to cry).

They’ve also bred some pretty big deal pigs as well. If you don’t already follow Pearl’s Pig Tales, both Pearl and Ruby have come from NY Teacup Piggies and live happy, adorable lives in their “pastel dreamland.”

However, I’m not here to tell you about how adorable and sweet these piglets are, and how sitting in a pen holding them and feeling their tiny little snouts from my hand brought tears to my eyes and basically made my 2016. NY Teacup Piggies has also been making a meaningful difference in the world of teacup pigs.

While there has been a lot of hype about teacup piglets thanks to social media and celebrity pets (ahem, Miley), this has caused some less than reputable farms and breeders to scam customers into thinking their piglet won’t grow to be above 30 pounds, with some of them growing to be a whopping 400 pounds or more. Not all families have the means (or desire) to take care of a pig that size. That’s where Greg and Laura come in to save the day. Since 2011, they’ve been rescuing pigs from families that were misled about their pet pig’s adult size. Instead of these pigs being abandoned, not given to a proper home, or (sadly) being put down, they rescue them and make sure to find a safe, new home, with 10 percent of their piglet sales going to their rescue facility. 

I’m thankful for meeting Laura (and Oinkert and Titan) because it’s hard to find a reputable piglet breeder that really cares about the well-being of their animals and others. My dreams of becoming known as “that girl with the pig” in the city are getting closer, and I will definitely be adopting my sweet little baby from NY Teacup Piggies.

If you’re looking for your daily dose of piglet cuteness, you can follow NY Teacup Piggies on Facebook and Instagram.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.