The Good Good Pig

The Good Good Pig

The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

Book - 2006 | 1st ed. --
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345481375
Characteristics: 228 p. : col. ill


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Apr 14, 2021

Sy Montgomery writes so well, and her love and enthusiasm for all animals is evident once again in "The Good Good Pig." It is a memoir of her family's time with a wonderful creature, with plenty of humor and interesting information about pigs - how smart and loyal they are, and what character! The Running of the Pig, community-donated slops of all kinds (donuts to pancake batter to lobster shells), Pig Spa ... moments of her tale wil stay with you for a long time.

Dec 11, 2017

I read this story back in 2007 and it has stayed with me all these years. It's touching and lovely. If you adore animals then you will love it too.

Cynthia_N Oct 04, 2017

Sy Montgomery is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book chronicles her life with Christopher Hogwood, her 700+ pound pig. It made me laugh and cry! Great read for animal lovers!! I also recommend her book "The Soul of an Octopus".

Nov 16, 2016

I loved this book. It illustrates better than any other book I've read how much harm people do to themselves by not treating animals with respect and by not keeping them safe from us.

ellensix Oct 05, 2016

I didn't think I could love a pig more than Wilbur but Christopher Hogwood is a real charmer.

Jun 01, 2016

This is such a good book. I enjoyed every page.

pintohorseluvr Mar 25, 2015

Just love this book! Happened upon it on the shelf and glad I did. We have a pot bellied pig so I could relate to the porcine attraction! I laughed, I cried. A beautiful story about life and family that is centered around this one lucky pig. Reminded me of what it was like growing up in a small town.

May 03, 2014

a wonderful story about a pig, full of humor and emotions.

Jan 01, 2012

This would be an excellent gift to give to animal-lovers. The true story is so compelling, and full of interesting twists. The only drawback is there are so many human names that it is hard to figure out who she is referring to at times, even though she uses the name. Aside from that, it is a brilliant piece of work.

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Apr 26, 2020

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Jan 01, 2012

The story of a pig and its experience with its caretakers, friends and fans. There are a few pictures, which are very helpful. We find out how people's lives have been hurt by the killing of pigs that they reared.


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