At first, the pigs — Larry, Curly, Sam, Sven, Moe and Daddy Wilson — were terrified of people and didn’t want to be touched. But as they became more comfortable at the sanctuary, and learned to trust the Daehnrichs, they wanted to cuddle with them — all day, all the time.
“Not all of them would fit on our laps and so others would lay down next to us and as close as possible.” “Sometimes they would just pile up. Then we put in a lounge chair in the yard and they all loved it so much.”
But using one lounge chair to cuddle six pigs proved to be difficult, and the Daehnrichs knew they had to find a bigger piece of furniture.
“We have tried for months to find a perfect lounger for the boys that would be large enough to fit them and stable enough for all six,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “We had many funny conversations in stores — the store associates found it so funny that we were looking for furniture for our rescued pigs.”
When they couldn’t find anything appropriate, Alex decided to build something himself — he had a cabana-style daybed in mind.
“Alex is incredibly handy,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “He built everything at the sanctuary for the animals, keeping comfort in mind. All these animals came from horrific situations, so we wanted to provide them with the best care possible which also includes little things in life like comfortable loungers.”
So Alex went to the hardware store, bought supplies and got to work. The pigs (whom the Daehnrichs have nicknamed “the Stooges”) wanted to help, which didn’t make Alex’s job any easier.
“They were involved in the entire process,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “They were rooting in the lumber and moving tools around, which of course didn’t make things go faster. It was as if they wanted to be involved and were inspecting the materials. I’m pretty sure they were checking if this was something that would taste good.”
And the moment the daybed was complete, Larry, Curly, Sam and Sven jumped on and made themselves comfortable, while Moe and Daddy Wilson chose to lie next to it.
“Like any siblings, they try to move each other and complain if one is in the spot the other wants,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “They also love to be on our laps and so they try to outrun each other to get the best spot.”
Now the pigs spend hours upon hours on the daybed.
“Throughout the day, at least one of them is lounging, sometimes all together,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “In the evening, it’s our routine to cuddle and so they are definitely waiting on the bed for one of us.”
“It is so funny to be doing work at the sanctuary and look over and see these content faces just lounging,” she added. “If they are not lounging, they are rooting around, and if they are out of their enclosure, their biggest goal is to find a way to get into the chicken coop.”
The pigs love their daybed so much, they don’t like it when any of the other animals take their spot — especially Annabelle, the goat the Daehnrichs rescued from a slaughterhouse.
“She [Annabelle] saw the bed through the fence and as Alex let the Stooges out to explore a few acres, Annabelle didn’t miss a minute to check out this new bed,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “I have a funny video of her messing up the bed actually.”
But it’s not just Annabelle who messes up the bed — the pigs do as well.
“They like to root the pillow, move it around and sometimes we find it in the middle of the property,” Alesja Daehnrich said.
But a messy bed doesn’t bother the Daehnrichs. What’s important to them is that the pigs are happy.
“Watching them transform, get healthy, be so happy and content and, most importantly, trusting humans again has been a life-changing experience,” Alesja Daehnrich said. “It truly makes our hearts sing when we watch these boys.”
Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary currently cares for 25 rescued pigs, and many of them are up for adoption. If you’d like to adopt a pig, contact the sanctuary. You can also support these animals by making a donation.