Just as Henry is getting really easy and moving out of his terrible teenage stage (he’s 10 months old now), along comes baby number two! Introducing Rocco, Henry’s brother from the same parents but a different litter.
A surprise email appeared in my inbox from Henry’s breeder, with this wee little piggy looking for a home. How could I resist such a sweet little boy?
We jumped in the car the next morning, and brought Henry with us to meet the new baby. The spotted pig here is Henry’s dad, Oliver.
Baby Rocco snuggled all the way home in the 2-hour car ride, sweet as can be.
Four-month old Rocco weighs 12 pounds and is very sweet and social. Unlike Henry who was terrified when we first brought him home; Rocco settled in with full confidence, following me around like a happy little puppy.
Everyone loves the new baby…everyone except Henry.
Henry’s aggressiveness towards the baby surprised me. He is always gentle and good-natured around the bunnies and chickens, but with Rocco, he has to prove he’s the top pig.
It’s been nearly two weeks, and Henry is slowly getting used to the idea that Rocco is staying. He puts on less of a macho display, and doesn’t beat up on the dog crate as often.
In the meantime, Rocco gets out and about, bonding with the rest of us. It’s going to take some time before I trust putting them together. Henry still has his own space in our master bathroom, while the baby sleeps in a crate in our bedroom.