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.
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