Pet of the Week-Hamilton

Published 5:44 pm Thursday, October 6, 2022

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

“Oink, Oink. My name is Hamilton but everyone calls me Hammy. I am a seven-year-old pot-bellied pig. I am a momma’s boy, and I’m very smart. My favorite things are naps, belly rubs, and food. I will eat anything, but cheese puffs are my favorite treat. I enjoy a dip in my swimming pool when it’s hot out. I have a piggy sister named Peppa. She and my dog siblings get on my nerves, but my cat siblings are my best friends and I think my three-year-old human brother Jax is pretty cool.”

Hamilton’s mom, Shelby Gorey, of Rutledge, said that he is a smart, sweet, and loving boy with the most handsome grin. Shelby said that she could not ask for a better pet.

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Hamilton was adopted into his family when he was only three weeks old.

His parents were told he was a micro pig and weighed around three pounds when he was a baby. Hamilton is now fully-grown and weighs around 150 pounds. Although Hamilton grew much larger than the Goreys expected, he became a member of the family that is very special to them.

Hamilton stayed inside for the first year of his life, but his size quickly made it evident that he was born to be an outside pet. Hamilton is living the good life as a free-range pig that never leaves the yard.

Hamilton will obey the command “sit” as long as treats are involved.

During the fall and winter when acorns are on the ground you can find him under the oak tree snacking.

“Pet of the Week” and the quarterly feature, “Pet of the Season,” are sponsored by Crenshaw Animal Clinic and Dr. Alethea Gammage of Luverne – (334) 335-5309.

Crenshaw Animal Clinic is a full-service small animal clinic that provides comprehensive healthcare for your pet. They offer a full range of services to help keep pets happy and healthy- including vaccine administration, routine preventive care, wellness exams, dental care, allergy care, flea/tick/heartworm control, parasite control, routine surgical procedures, microchipping, early detection, and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases with in-clinic diagnostics, ophthalmology, spay and neuter, and more.

During the quarterly “Pet of the Season” contest, animals featured in “Pet of the Week” will go head to head, and the animal with the most votes will win a personalized prize package from Crenshaw Animal Clinic valued at $250. At the end of the year, all quarterly winners will compete for “Crenshaw County Pet of the Year” and the grand prize.
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If participants have submitted a nomination for a pet, and the pet hasn’t been featured, don’t fret! We have rolled all entries over into the next contest.