Something Special Pets – Chris P Bacon
In our first installment, Nikki Carvey talks to Len Lucero – guardian of the inimitable, piggredible – Chris P Bacon.
I’m a vet and work at an animal hospital. A lady came in with a 1 day-old piglet that she wanted euthanized because of deformed back legs. But he had a certain vigor – he wanted to live. I knew I could care for him – so I took him home.
And that’s how Dr Len Lucero ended up with Chris P Bacon. Just one week-old when he got his first pig wheelchair made from toys, Chris P has used one ever since. Athough sometimes he still likes to run on two hooves with his butt in the air! “He’s just a blessing,” says Lucero. “He has the best personality and is a joy to be around.”
Now just over 1 year-old and 72 pounds, Chris P has his own Facebook page, book, (another on the way,) and is currently fund-raising for an animated movie. He’s become an inspiration to many, visiting schools and hospitals to show that having a disability is nothing to be shy about. “His condition mirrors a lot of kids born with congenital disorders. They don’t know what life is like to walk normally so they don’t have that, ‘Oh, I miss walking.’ Chris P has no idea he’s disabled. I’m not even sure he realizes he’s a pig.”
In fact Chris P has never met a pig. They can be prone to various diseases and since Chris P was unable to nurse like a normal piglet, his immune system may have been compromised. So, Lucero has always preferred to err on the side of caution. Not that Chris P minds. He lives with goats, horses and dogs, and has a bunch of self-proclaimed girlfriends on-line.
An ambassador for the fact that pigs are not stupid or smelly, (they have no sweat glands), Chris P is also proof that special needs pets give more than you ever thought you’d get. “You just have to be sure you can take care of them 100%,” concludes Lucero. And with that, he scoops Chris P up and carries him outside.
Chris P Visits a Children’s Hospital:
You can buy his book, My Life So Far on Amazon.
And if you’re interested in helping Chris P save Christmas, check out his movie fundraiser on Indiegogo.com!
You’ll find more inspiring stories of special needs pets on our page, Something Special Pets.