You Write It Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our You Write It Contest in the May 6, 2013, issue. We couldn’t have written these articles better ourselves!

Click here to read the You Write It interview that inspired these articles.

Check out the winning entries below:

“Why Pigs Rule”

Ella H.
Omaha, NE

Hi, I’m Martin, the potbellied pig. I live in a nice home, with a wonderful owner. You may think that pigs are bad pets, but I can assure you we are not!

Potbellied pigs make wonderful pets, and I should know! My owner was allergic to pet dander, so for years she was forced to be pet free. But then, she found out that potbellied pigs wouldn’t trigger her allergies—we are dander free!

When she brought me—the adorable piglet—home, she had no idea how to care for me! She looked online to find out about our personalities, our trainability, and even our life span! Well, she was in for a treat!

Us potbellied pigs will eat anything! Well, anything but bacon—that is just cruel. We can also do tricks. Sit, stay, eat; you name it, we can do it. Most importantly, we typically have an amazing personality. We are friendly, curious, affectionate, loyal, and even clean! We just roll around in mud to cool off in the hot sun. So, if you are looking for a long-term pet, potbellied pigs are for you. We live to be 12-18 years old, which is four times as long as the average hamster! In fact, I’ve already outlived two hamsters!

Potbellied pigs are amazing household pets. So adopt a potbellied pig today, and have a new best friend. I promise he will find a special place in your heart.

Emily D.
Pittsburgh, PA

When one thinks of a farm, pastures, barns, silos, cows, chickens, and pigs, one doesn’t usually find any of those things outside the common agricultural area. Yet, pigs are more competent, have greater longevity, are cleaner, hypo-allergenic, and eat a larger variety of foods than the common house dog. Pigs can be trained to use a litter box, roll over, sit, stay, and fetch. Wouldn’t it be useful to not have to take your pet to the bathroom in the middle of the night and then search for the droppings to dispose of? Tricks that win top prizes at dog shows can be easily mastered by a potbellied pig.

Aside from competence, longevity is one of the traits of the potbellied pig. Dogs live for about ten years, but potbellied pigs will outlast them with a lifespan of 12-18 years! It is always quite depressing when a beloved pet dies. If one were to house a potbellied pig rather than a dog, the swine would mature and grow with the family for many years to come. Everyone knows the many pig-related expressions like “eat like a pig” or “this room looks like a pigsty.” But, contrary to popular belief, pigs are quite clean. They would much prefer a nice shallow pool of water, or a wet cloth than their usual muddy fare. As well as being clean themselves, they assist in the cleanliness of your home. They will eat almost anything! A dog will eat certain foods that fall on the floor, but swine will eat anything and more. Annoying pests and insects that inevitably enter the common household will be devoured by your porcine pal.

Lastly, many typical Americans and inhabitants of the world are allergic to dogs and cats. But pigs don’t shed, and therefore, cause no allergic reactions. Another benefit of not shedding is that you don’t have to clean up hair that may find its way to the floor, couch, sweaters, and other undesirable locations. To conclude, potbellied pigs are the most responsible and convenient choice of pet because of their intellectual capacity, long lifespan, cleanliness, variety of diet, and hypo-allergenic quality.

Sergio H.
Lilburn, GA

Imagine waking up in the morning to your cute little Wilbur’s “oink! oink!” Just think about watching your little curly-tailed baby growing up and being your friend for more than 18 years. Isn’t that an amazing childhood? And guess what? It’s not a bad idea due to all the amazing things pigs are capable of. According to Scholastic Scope, pigs are ranked as one of the top-5 smartest animals on the planet. Wilbur can do a lot more tricks than your Border Collie. Pet pigs can easily learn how to be potty trained, to know where home is, and to listen to various other commands. An added bonus: pigs don’t instinctively chase cats and squirrels. Pigs could be trained well enough to walk without a leash.

On top of that, pigs often have big personalities. They’re friendly to your children, loyal to their owners, and affectionate to all those around them. Pigs are also quite curious. But please remember that curiosity killed the cat—not the pig. Because piglets are so friendly and affectionate, they would be the perfect pet for your child to grow up with. As long as the pig doesn’t know where ham, bacon, and pork come from, you’re in the clear. Even if they do find out, pigs are extremely loyal and usually don’t attempt to run away. They might understand that being on a plate is not their fate. While we’re on the topic of food, let’s not forget that pigs will eat almost anything besides rocks, plastic, and metal. We all know that, one morning, you’ll forget to feed Wilbur. No problem! Mr. Porker will go into the yard, eat a few flies, mosquitos, and spiders, and call it a day.

Speaking of pesky annoying things, Scope found out that pigs have no dander! This means no allergies! Got a parent allergic to everything? Think again. Now a little potbellied pig doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all. Smart, loving, loyal, dander-free, long-living, gluttonous pets are going to be the next big thing. See you at the farm.


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