Honey Boo Boo’s Pet Pig Glitzy Is Adorable, No, Your Kid Can’t Have One

Oh Honey Boo Boo! I really hope Glitzy the maybe-gay-pig-because-it-can-if-it-want-to-you-can’t-tell-a-pig-what-to-do helps you win pageants! Glitzy is adorable, you are adorable, and you seem to be taking really good care of Glitzy, even though poor mama June is the one waking up at five to feed him. Here is a clip from tonight’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, where you can watch Glitzy being fancy and waking up far too early.

I hope parents aren’t letting their own little consumers of go-go juice watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Because if your kids are watching, not only will they be begging for cheeezeballs for breakfast, but also for their own little Glitzy pig they can dress up in bejeweled crowns and have sleep in a playpen next to their bed.

Yvonne McIntosh, and expert on these teacup pigs, says this about the animals:

“You can call them ‘teacup,’ ‘mini,’ ‘micro,’ or ‘thimble,’ but the truth is the supposedly tiny pigs do not exist,” says McIntosh who manages Piggy Paradise at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “People who think they are buying a pig that stays small are being fooled. Unscrupulous breeders are breeding pigs less than a year old, and by the time the litter is born, the parents still are only about eight months old and far below their full size.

McIntosh says it takes four to five years for pigs to reach full growth. “The breeders tell folks that the piglets will be no bigger than the parents, but the buyer doesn’t realize the parent pigs are nowhere near full-grown themselves.  Unfortunately, most people believe these breeders/sellers and do not educate themselves before they buy the pigs.

When the novelty wears off, when the pig reaches 150 to 300 pounds instead of the 40 pounds it was supposed to be, or when people find out their local zoning doesn’t allow pigs, there is no place for them to go and they become homeless. “

I get it. Glitzy is adorable. The idea of tiny pigs are adorable. But the reality of having a three hundred pound animal that roots up your Brazilian walnut floors and defecates in your living room is less-than adorable. I have sympathy for mama June having to wake at 5 A.M . to give Glitzy his breakfast. I’m an animal lover, and I’m raising my kids to be the same way, but as far as pets are concerned, parents need to be aware that until a child is at least ten (or in a lot of cases, older) when a family adopts a pet, the bulk of the pet care is the responsibility of the parent. You don’t adopt a dog for a 6-year-old thinking that the child will be able to feed, walk and clean up after the pet by themselves. Why should a pet pig be any different? Now I’m having the awful thought that if Glitzy’s sparkle wears off and Honey Boo Boo gets sick of him, Glitzy may end up on the breakfast table. Along with a big bowl of cheeezeballs.

There is also a fake Glitzy twitter here. And it’s fake, because pigs cannot type.

(Photo: The Learning Channel)

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    • kate

      re: the parents end up doing most of the care, this is why in our discussion with our 6 and 4 year old (baby 15month doesnt get a vote yet) we told them they can help pick a dog, but dad and i get to name it. im scooping up his poop and chasing him down the street, i best be yelling a name that i enjoy

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        hahaha exactly! Kids can HELP, but let’s face it, the adults are the caregivers. Pets don’t TEACH kids responsibility, they teach kids love. It’s parents who get more responsibility.

      • C.J.

        That made me chuckle. We got a dog 3 years ago when our kids were 6 and 4. I didn’t want to be hollering to a dog named Dora or Spongebob or whatever other silly cartoon character they were into at the time. We made a list of names we were ok with and the kids had to agree on a name on the list.

      • Lo

        My parents fell into this trap when they let my sister and I (then 6 and 8) name our pet bird. My man’s man of a father wound up with a pet bird named Rainbow Sunset.

    • LiteBrite

      Yep, this is why, when the boy was asking for a turtle earlier this year, I said, “We will not be getting anything that Mommy isn’t willing to care for herself,” because I know damn well that’s what will happen.

      It’s kind of a moot point in our house because with two cats and two guinea pigs, I have been firmly informed that we will not be adding to the menagerie. :)

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Oh man, we always find these huge box turtles in our yard and I’m terrified of keeping one because of salmonella. One of my friends painted the turtles shell with organic nail polish so we could recognize him if he came back. :)

      • kate

        i worry about turtles and salmonella too. but finding giant box turtles in your yard sounds pretty cool, we get nothing more awesome then squirrels. and those darn neighborhood cats that are after the kids sandbox…

    • Tinyfaeri

      Aw, man, this totally destroyed my illusions about teacup pigs, and helped win an argument for my husband. Not a serious argument, mind you, but an argument nonetheless. *sniff* Sad panda’s sad.
      Mini pony it is! ;-)

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Oh I know! I actually have a friend who bought one and it ended up being gigantic, like a full grown actual pig pig. They are cute though!

    • Lo

      This happened to a friend of mine. He and a roommate adopted what they thought was a teacup pig… flash forward to them chasing a (very large) full-grown pig around their kitchen.

      Also, it bites. I’ll stick with my cat.

    • Mandy

      I have a Potbellied pig. He is just like a dog. Goes to the door to be let out to go potty, snuggles and plays. He is no larger than any dog I’ve ever come accross. He is so intelligent it’s crazy. Me and my husband just love him. it makes me sad to see all these orphaned pigs. I wish people would just do their research before they get these precious animals.

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    • ariana

      My friends own a miniature potbelly named zuko. He’s a good piggy :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=838795421 Alicia Azevedo

      Well Im getting apig, not a fake tea cup one. Ill go to a fair and get a piglet from a regular farmer, who isnt breeding baby pigs.

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