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This is a heartwarming story about Lisa Jansen, the North San Juan Ridge community, pigs who live in her house and the rescue of one special pig, whom Lisa named Cecelia.

First of all, put aside judgments about folks who live on the Ridge. Here’s what Lisa has to say: “More than once, in the five years I’ve lived here, I have been part of a group listening to a story about the scary and weird North San Juan community. It is generally not known at the time that I am one of those scary and weird San Juan residents. We are often painted as drug-growing, shoot-you-on-sight, banjo-pickin’ uneducated characters. In response, I want to tell you a true story about some North San Juan folks and a desperate animal.”

Lisa went on to say that on a recent rainy night, two people – one a down-the-road neighbor – were at her door. She let them in and heard a story about an abandoned potbellied pig. They had come to Lisa’s because they knew she owned and trained potbellied pigs. Her neighbor told her this potbellied pig’s mate had died and was still in its pen. They wanted to save the other pig, but the SPCA and the Animal Shelter couldn’t help. Lisa said she’d try to help.

That night, she went on the Internet and contacted the California Potbellied Pig Association about the desperate plight of the abandoned pig. By morning, there were four applications online to adopt the pig. Soon the pig was delivered to Lisa by the neighbors, who reported that the pig rode in the man’s lap the entire distance. The next day her adoptive family drove to Lisa’s and took her to their home, where she would live with another potbellied pig.

Lisa named the pig Cecelia because “She was breakin’ my heart,” just like the Simon and Garfunkle song of the same name.

By the way, Lisa has three potbellied pigs of her own, and they are “house piggies.” That means they live, sleep and eat in the house and they are potty trained. Did you know pigs are very smart? Lisa said hers have learned many tricks, and more quickly than the family dog.

It’s comforting to know there are people in this world like Lisa and her neighbors. Just when you think the world might be going to hell in a handbasket, someone like Lisa pops up, and the world seems like a nicer place again.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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