Fur Fun: Eat, Pray, Love by Penelope

Penelope and I met many years ago.  I went for a carton of milk and there she was, an albino pig, in a grocery store.  She was in a dangerous situation – it was only time before she ended up on the meat aisle. (OIY VEY)  So for $9 I took her home with the milk.

I gave her a bit of color and a bow and she went to live in my therapy office.

Very few clients ever commented on her.  I always suspected new clients didn’t quite know what to say and my long-term clients knew me well enough that they didn’t need to say anything.
Penelope retired the same time as Freddie Parker but she still has a lot of good advice: 

How to Live Life to the Fullest

by Penelope the Pig, CPT*, RET

  • EAT greedily all the delectable things life gives you.

  • WALLOW in what’s soothing & cool.

  • SNORT at those who are not loving.

  • CELEBRATE how delicious you are.

  • PRAY you will not be eaten before your time.


*CPT, Certified Porcine Therapist


In Perfect Harmony . . . it’s possible


In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave
birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.


Unfortunately, due to complications
in the pregnancy, the cubs were born
prematurely and due to their tiny size,
they died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger after recovering
from the delivery,
suddenly started to decline in health,
although physically she was fine.
The veterinarians felt

that the loss of her litter

had caused the tigress
to fall into a depression.
The doctors decided that
if the tigress could
surrogate another mother’s cub’s,
perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other
zoos across the country,
the depressing news was that
there were no tiger cubs of the
right age to introduce to the
mourning mother.

The veterinarians decided to
try something that
had never been tried in a
zoo environment.
Sometimes a mother of
one species, will take on
the care of a different species.
The only ‘orphans’ that c
ould be found quickly,
were a litter of weanling pigs.
The zoo keepers and
vets wrapped
the piglets in tiger skin
and placed
the babies around the mother tiger.
Would they become cubs
or pork chops??

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

(Thank you Joyce for the inspiration for this post.)