In accordance with the age-old adage, asserting that “a dog is a man’s best friend”, one might argue that this pet pig, Chowder, challenges that notion. A 6-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig, Chowder has forged an extraordinary bond with an unlikely group of animal companions.
Coexisting with five rescue pups, Rika, Slick, Nya, James, and Bashe, Chowder shares his abode with his human, Shelby Madere, in the scenic landscapes of Southern California.
Together, they form the endearing collective. While dogs are celebrated for their unparalleled companionship, Chowder effortlessly establishes himself as an equally lovable and affectionate member of this furry family.
Pigs, renowned for their sociability and intelligence, find a quintessential embodiment of these traits in Vietnamese potbellied pigs. Chowder, with his penchant for heartwarming cuddles, exemplifies this characteristic.
Shelby, the dedicated human companion, captures the essence of their unique bond by sharing delightful snapshots of the gang on Instagram.
“When I look at my crew, I see the reflection of who I am in them”, expresses Shelby, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship they share. “Their happiness, their safety, their health, their whole lives rely on me, and I will never ever let them down.”
Remarkably, Chowder bridges the gap between species, engaging in playful activities with his canine counterparts in the yard.
Not one to let differences hinder connections, Chowder even sports matching collars with his doggy companions, tailored to his distinct size.
The heartwarming camaraderie among this diverse group of friends exemplifies the depth and universality of companionship, transcending the conventional boundaries of species.