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This Little Piggy Went To Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. – Romeo and Sawyer, two of the Somers Library ’s therapy dogs, had some competition Saturday, when Daisy II arrived.

Daisy is a horse – no, make that, a pig – of another color. Daisy is a 3-year-old mostly-black potbelly pig, that lounged in a well-padded baby stroller along with his canine sister, Lilly Pug. Yes, Daisy II is a boy pig, named for his late sister, Daisy I.

Daisy and Lilly Pug were under the care of overall-clad Farmer Paul Minor , owner of Minor’s Farm and Cider Mill in Bristol, Conn. During the farm’s quiet season, Minor travels the country with his lovable pig to encourage children to “Pig Out on Reading.”

“Daisy has visited 48 states,” he told the audience of three dozen or more. “He’s never been to Alaska or Hawaii. He wanted to avoid those Hawaiian luaus!”

Daisy receives a memento wherever he goes, usually a library card and sometimes a key to the city. People all over the world have sent him books about pigs. He has about a thousand.

“After Daisy eats, he goes upstairs, pushes down the bedspread with his nose and dives under,” said Minor, his surrogate dad, describing a literal pig-in-a-blanket. “When I go to bed I just see a great big lump at the bottom. Then when I get in, he comes back up and puts his head on my shoulder.” Daisy snores.

Minor played a recording of oinks and squeals Daisy makes for various reasons. This stirred the slumbering potbelly, who awoke to nibble a few treats.

The audience was then asked to take the Daisy Pledge. Together they proclaimed, “I promise Daisy I’ll read lots of good books, I’ll visit my library often, I’ll watch a little less TV and I’ll pig out on reading.”

Children’s Librarian Betsy Bishop, decked out in a farmer’s straw hat and pig nose, presented Daisy with his own Somers Library card and gave him a few pats and a kiss. Minor then invited the children to queue up to pet the pig.

Daisy accepted all of the patting and picture-taking like a pro. Except for lifting her head for a snack when Daisy did, Lilly Pug dozed through the entire event.

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