Aimee is hilarious. Her ways with a phrase had me rolling, and she did so effortlessly. I mean she described her hog as "having flair." While there may rightly be a good number of pigs blessed with flair, I doubt there are many people capable of recognizing or appreciating such things.
Belle's desperation for finding love likely intensified after some recent drama at the Figgatt farm. Flower, one of the family's potbelly pigs, gave birth to seven piglets even though the only boar on the farm, Henry (of local Kiss A Pig fame), had been neutered.
Although Henry and Flower had been penmates and inseparable friends, and Henry was terribly proud of those piglets, he lacked the essential elements necessary for fatherhood. Aimee was baffled over who might've deflowered her Flower, but eventually learned the pig had been "exposed" to a male not long before coming to live on their farm.
"Henry was devastated when he learned the piglets weren't his," said Aimee. "But the couple is working on their relationship. Henry loves the piglets as his own, and seems willing to help raise them."
Watching the couple and the little ones must've been painful for Belle, who became so desperate she tried to woo Henry away, in spite of their 350-ish pound weight difference.
When that didn't work, she aggressively flirted with a rooster and tried to accost a neighboring farmer.
(Does anyone out there appreciate how difficult it is not to succumb to the lure of a line about a pig and a poke?)
The original plans for Belle were vastly different from what they've become, but the pig's charms have won her a place on the farm, as a pet, from here out.
"I received a few emails immediately from the ad," said Aimee. "One from a woman offering her husband, who she claimed was a pig."
While telling a friend about the romance-seeking pig, she suggested it would make good show material for Jerry Springer.
Seems to me like it might better suit HBO.
They could call it "Pig Love."
Karin Fuller can be reached at karinful...@gmail.com. To see photos and read more about the Figgatt farm, log into Facebook and then like "Little Patch on the Lane."