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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
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:non-fiction, ultimate reading list - science, science, nature, pigs, animals, biography, memoir, farm, New Hampshire

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Like a [b:Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World|3257136|Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World|Vicki Myron|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1398144610s/3257136.jpg|3292360] with a pig instead of a cat.

I wish there had been a bibliography, but, then again, this was more memoir than animal husbandry. I did enjoy learning that pigs do not need to eat meat, and that a vegetarian pig's manure is garden gold." And that a piglet can convert 5 lbs of plant food to 3 lbs of flesh - the ratio for a calf is 10 to 3.

I also like Howard's theory that "dogs bark at delivery people believing that otherwise these shifty characters would take something away from your house. But because dogs bark, they leave something instead -- a sequence of event that proves to dogs that their barking is indeed effective."

(If that makes you giggle, you might want to check out the kids' books https://www.goodreads.com/series/72472-down-girl-and-sit.)

The 'further reading' list that I'm compiling to investigate is:
everything else by Montgomery,
the histories by her husband, [a:Howard Mansfield|57751|Howard Mansfield|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1320292892p2/57751.jpg], eg [b:In the Memory House|1320871|In the Memory House|Howard Mansfield|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266772281s/1320871.jpg|1310223]
[b:The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals|53206|The Pig Who Sang to the Moon The Emotional World of Farm Animals|Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386922335s/53206.jpg|51887] by [a:Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson|2984268|Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1257862496p2/2984268.jpg]
[a:Gretchen Vogel|2727392|Gretchen Vogel|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]'s works (?)
and those of anthropologist [a:Liz Thomas|609804|Liz Thomas|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] ?(or [a:Elizabeth Thomas|3403397|Elizabeth Thomas|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]?)
and [b:A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me|65056|A Dog Year Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me|Jon Katz|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388903586s/65056.jpg|604585] by [a:Jon Katz|36719|Jon Katz|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-82093808bca726cb3249a493fbd3bd0f.png]
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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Absolutely delightful---and who could possibly EAT anything pig related after reading this wonderful book about a wonderful pig---shades of Charlotte's Web in real life! Sy's writing is so appealing---I have her book on "Octopuses"(Octopi?) sitting right here and I can hardly wait to get started reading it. ( )
  nyiper | Jan 18, 2016 |
This is a very entertaining book, especially if you are an animal lover. You will thoroughly enjoy the antics of Chris the pig, as well as the other animals.

The effect Chris has on those who are lucky enough to know him is touching and shows how much we can learn about ourselves if we just recognize we are part of nature, not its master. ( )
  grandpahobo | Mar 22, 2015 |
With her father on his death bed after losing a battle with cancer, the last thing Sy Montgomery expected in her lift was a sick piglet. Yet driving home from a visit with friends, with a shoebox on her lap, Sy and her husband found themselves making the choice to change their lives forever.

The Good Good Pig is the story of Christopher Hogwood and how he changed the lives of a small community. It's a charming memoir that has a nice blend of pig stories along with events happening in Sy and her husband's lives. Chris' story really highlights the saying "Where there's life, there's hope" with his love of life and his ability to share that joy with everyone around him. He is one generous soul that just happens to be a pig. ( )
  Narilka | Dec 27, 2014 |
If you liked Marley and Me or the James Herriott books this is in that genre - the much beloved family pet who touches everyone. But this is a big pig, and also a book by an excellent author. The philosophy (1960's hippiness) is there but in snippets, so interesting but not preachy. Fun, easy to read, short, it's well worth the time. ( )
  NellieMc | Nov 11, 2014 |
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“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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