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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

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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.

Synopsis:

An ardent nature lover and author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home. Reader's Guide available. 25,000 first printing.

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Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes for children as well as adults. Among her award-winning books are Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She has made four trips to Peru and Brazil to study the pink dolphins of the Amazon; and on other expeditions, she was chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and swam with piranhas, electric eels, and dolphins in the Amazon. She lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

1. Runthood — 2. Buying the farm — 3. Breaking out — 4. Give me shelter — 5. A blended family — 6. Pig spa --7. Nature red in claw and tusk — 8. Celebrity — 9. Finding Eden — 10. A hog's holiday — 11. In sickness and in health — 12. Coming back to life — 13. The days before the lilacs — 14. Hog heaven — Acknowledgments — A reader's guide.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345493811
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Montgomery, Sy
Author:
handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana
Author:
Sy Montgomery
Author:
bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica
Author:
undressed by an orangutan in Borneo
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Nature : General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Pet owners
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Agriculture-Pigs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Natural History
Subject:
Pets - Pet Tales
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
228

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Pets » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

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Product details 228 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345493811 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An ardent nature lover and author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home. Reader's Guide available. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes for children as well as adults. Among her award-winning books are Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She has made four trips to Peru and Brazil to study the pink dolphins of the Amazon; and on other expeditions, she was chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and swam with piranhas, electric eels, and dolphins in the Amazon. She lives in New Hampshire.
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