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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Sy Montgomery

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Title:The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
Authors:Sy Montgomery
Info:Ballantine Books (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 245 pages
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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery (2006)

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Christopher Hogwood was the runt of the litter and struggling to survive when writers, Sy Montgomery and her husband, Howard Mansfield, made the decision to adopt the diminutive but strong-willed piglet in 1990. Howard had gotten a call from friends who had quite an extensive litter of piglets. They wanted to know if Howard and Sy would be interested in giving a loving home to a piglet in desperate need of care and attention. Christopher was not just the runt of the litter but he also had every disease a pig could have and things were not looking good. Sy was out of town when Howard got the call. Sy's beloved father was dying from cancer and Howard wondered if caring for the sickly pig would be good therapy for Sy, give her something to look forward to. If Sy and Howard didn't take the undersized and weak pig, it would certainly not survive. That's how the soulful Christopher Hogwood, named after the famous musical conductor, came to find his bliss in the loving hearts and home of Sy, Howard, and the quaint hamlet of Hancock, New Hampshire.

Hogwood became a treasured member of the family and community. Friends and strangers came to visit the growing pig. Christopher had quite the reputation around town and did as he pleased. He visited neighbors and their gardens. Sy and Howard grew accustomed to the phone calls alerting them to the pigs whereabouts. Hogwood even had a police record of sorts and was often mentioned in the local police logs for his antics. But Christopher was lovingly accepted by all and quickly became a local celebrity and found himself on the receiving end of deliciously donated slops buckets from neighbors, grocers, and even a gourmet restaurant. Christopher Hogwood was a lucky pig. A splendid pig! He didn't just receive love and good will. Christopher had the ability to give as good as he got and even changed the lives of those who had the privilege to know this gloriously unique and intelligent pig.

The Good Good Pig is Sy Montgomery's loving memoir and tribute to a pig, first brought home in a shoebox, and with love and support from his family and friends, defied all odds and grew to unimaginable proportions in size and celebrity. It is the extraordinary true story of a wise and remarkable pig that changed the lives of many, who was a beloved companion and an "activist who brought people together with his beautiful love." ( )
  MaryEvelynLS | Jun 1, 2014 |
Heartwarming family story about the life of an extraordinary pig! ( )
  emmartin9 | Mar 6, 2014 |
I had hoped this would be more about her relationship and interactions with this smart animal. Mostly it's about (over)feeding him, his escaping, and neighboring children enjoying his company. The human stories here are more interesting than the porcine ones. ( )
  nancenwv | Nov 9, 2013 |
The good good pig that is the hero of the book touched the lives of many people in his fourteen years of life, and in writing this biography the author has extended his warmth and tenderness to many more. Highly recommended, unless you don't like animals. ( )
  xlsg | Aug 31, 2013 |
Interesting reading in the car - aloud while Winston driving.
Who can fall asleep when so much excitement about the Good Good (not just Good) Pig.
Couple in small eastern town, acreage with animals, and the "runt" who grew to (can't tell you how many #'s) huge proportions.
More a story of people, community, and life and the pig that drew together.
And . . . how long does a pig live ? You have to read to the end to find out.
Interesting change of pace, but he got a bit weary of the pig-details, so since I read speedier - I finished and filled him in on the last few chapters.
Read in 2011
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  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345496094, Paperback)

“Christopher Hogwood came home on my lap in a shoebox. He was a creature who would prove in many ways to be more human than I am.”
–from The Good Good Pig

A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet who had been crowded away from nourishing meals by his stronger siblings. Yet Sy had no inkling that this piglet, later named Christopher Hogwood, would not only survive but flourish–and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this peripatetic traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor (eventually weighing 750 pounds) to family and home.

The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a (mostly) peaceable kingdom. At first, his domain included only Sy’s cosseted hens and her beautiful border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door started giving him warm, soapy baths, and the villagers brought him delicious leftovers. His intelligence and fame increased along with his girth. He was featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio environmental programs. On election day, some voters even wrote in Christopher’s name on their ballots.

But as this enchanting book describes, Christopher Hogwood’s influence extended far beyond celebrity; for he was, as a friend said, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig–lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth. The Good Good Pig provides proof that with love, almost anything is possible.


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A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, author Montgomery was more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet, with no inkling that this piglet would not only survive but flourish--and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor to family and home. This book celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, with his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig--lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth.--From publisher description.… (more)

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