My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Educational Health Center Inc, MacK, CO, USA
I first met Sioux and Rocky Bartels when I moved back to Grand Junction from Jackson, WY in 1996. My son had given me a potbelly pig for Christmas while I was in Jackson. I brought him back here with me and about a year later, he became ill. I was unable to find a vet to care for him at the time and he died. I had heard that there was a wonderful lady living in Mack, CO. Everyone just called her the "Pig Lady". I drove to Mack and, by stopping and asking neighbors, I was able to find her. Sioux and Rocky were out in the yard vaccinating all of their pigs as I drove up. There was an air born virus going around that was carried by chickens. Pigs are very susceptible to it. Apparently, that is what killed my pig. Sioux listened to me and let me cry on her shoulder that day. A few days later I drove back out and she gave me a very sweet special needs pig named Diamond Rio. Diamond had some mental issues. She needed lots of extra understanding and patience. When Diamond was about 13 years old she developed arthritis and was having seizures. She needed around the clock care and supervision. Sioux and Rocky came to my house and took Diamond back out to the Pigasus for rehabilitation. I watched Sioux care for her lovingly every day for 6 months, administering medications, feeding her a special diet and sitting up nights with her, but it was her time to go. My sweet Diamond died in her sleep and we buried her in the Pig-A-Sus Uncle George Memorial Garden. I will always be grateful to Sioux for giving Diamond such a good quality of life until the end.
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