The pub at Faregrounds was named after our pet. Pudley! He was a very handsome, black, pot belly pig.
Pudley hailed from Canandaigua, N.Y. and he came to live with us October 1991. Pudley and his human mom could not make it back to Nantucket right away because Nantucket was in the middle of the “Perfect Storm”. In that week, at his grandparents’ house – he learned his name, he learned to walk on a leash and he learned to sit – all by the age of 10 weeks – by 14 weeks he learned to ring a bell out go outside.
Pudley was Island Famous as soon as his hoofs hit the sand. He was welcome in many island restaurants and gladly ate a salad in all of them. (But we can’t tell you which ones…shhhh- this is a well kept secret) He is mentioned on a bottle cap of Nantucket Nectars and this spring he will have a Juice Bar ice cream flavor named after him!
Pigs are very clean animals. They get a bad rap from the living conditions we put them in. If you give a pig a choice between a pool of clean water or a pool of dirty water…they will choose the clean water. They are also very smart…and our Pudley was no exception. He lived in our house and could open the refrigerator and he would help himself to anything he could reach. Fish, beer – you name it… We finally had to put a lock on the all the cabinets and the fridge…
Pudley loved walking on a leash. But- he preferred to wander on his own… we often got phone calls from the police telling us there was a pig sighting…or people would just put him in their cars and bring him home.
Pudley was very affectionate and loved to cuddle. When you talked to him he would “respond back”… he was a great addition to our family and visitors would often come to the house to feed him carrots and scratch him behind his ears (one of his favorite spots). Many visitors had a family picture taken with Pudley.
Pudley passed away 9/14/01…he is forever missed…but if you get a group talking about our famous pig… OH!… the stories you will hear…cuz everyone who knew him has a least one story that will give you that great belly laugh.