NOV. 25, 2015 UPDATE: Happy news! Paprika, Pickles and Pattie the Pig have been adopted together by Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pa., WPVI reports. According to the farm’s website, it’s home to horses, sheep, goats, cows, pigs, ducks and more. “Triple P” will be off to join the rest of the menagerie Friday.
Paprika, Pickles and Pattie, who are inseparable, are ready to be adopted together into a forever home.
Paprika, 4, and Pickles, 2, are female and male Chihuahua/Pomeranian mixes. Pattie is a 2-year-old pot-bellied pig. The trio, referred to as “Triple P” by the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, was left in the stray building at the Pennsylvania shelter in September.
“They sleep together. They do everything together, go for walks together,” Sarah McKillip, manager of the shelter, told WFMZ. “The littlest one rides the pig’s back, and they’re like a real family.”
The one thing Triple P does not do together is eat, McKillip jokingly told ABC News, because Pattie the Pig will scarf up the dogs’ food as well as her own.
McKillip said the trio is often in cahoots with each other. “When we first got them, we once moved everyone outside to clean the kennels, but Pattie found a way to open the door into the kennel and let the two dogs in,” she told ABC News. “We had to chase the three of them through the kennel. It was hilarious.”
When they were abandoned at the shelter in September, both dogs were infested with fleas and had little hair from the neck down. Two months later, they’re both flea-free, healthy and energetic.
Both dogs are well trained. Like her two buddies, Pattie, who weighs 120 pounds, is also housebroken.
“She’s obviously not small. She gets a little bit grumpy like some pigs do, so it’s a tough sell,” McKillip told WFMZ.
So far, most potential adopters are interested in either the dogs or the pot-bellied pig, but not all three. If no one is willing to give Triple P a forever home, the shelter may have to separate the BFFs.
“It will be heartbreaking to watch Pattie, because she would probably be the one that’s left behind,” McKillip told WFMZ as her eyes filled with tears.
“They are a family, which is what breaks my heart to have to separate them. The staff, we cry about it when we think about separating them, and I’m getting emotional right now. I don’t want to separate them, so please come help.”
The Animal Rescue League has been receiving a lot of inquiries about Triple P “and a few viable candidates both locally and out-of-state that we’re looking into,” McKillip told ABC News. “The only thing is that we prefer people with pig experience or really willing to learn and research about taking care of pigs. We also want to make sure the potential adopter’s township doesn’t have any laws against owning pigs.”
Potential adopters can try fostering Triple P for a few weeks to see how it works out before making it official. The Animal Rescue League will waive the usual adoption fees.
If everything works out, “We will send them home with everything we have for them, and we will give you a big hug!” McKillip told WFMZ.
Anyone interested in adopting Paprika, Pickles and Pattie can email McKillip at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-373-8830.
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