BRISTOL - Nearly 20 Shady Oaks residents had a good chuckle on Tuesday watching the owner of their assisted-living center kiss a pig.
“We want lip to lip,” said Paul Minor, of Minor’s Farm and Country Store.
Minor does more than 300 shows a year nationwide with his trusty partner, Daisy the pot-bellied pig, encouraging children to develop a love of reading.
His show on Tuesday, though, was just a nice way for Shady Oaks residents to have a laugh and learn about pigs.
“That’s some pig,” Tyson Belanger, owner and executive director of the 24-apartment facility said shortly after kissing Daisy.
Minor, who has guests place a treat between their lips to lure Daisy into a kiss, said he gave Belanger the smallest treat he could find to make sure their lips touched. The stunt drew laughs and cheers from the 17 residents watching.
Other Shady Oaks staff members also kissed Daisy, and residents had the chance to pet the 84-pound pig and have their pictures taken.
Minor offered the crowd a number of interesting facts about pigs and told them about Daisy’s encounters around the country.
Daisy, he said, has five keys to cities and about 1,400 library cards.
“I just want you to know I’m not making this stuff up,” Minor said. “That’s a famous pig.”
“It gets a little tiring, but I love what I do. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years doing our shows.”
“Hardly a week goes by when Daisy’s not on TV or in a newspaper,” Minor continued, adding that the duo mostly appears at preschools and elementary schools.
“Our mission is to encourage children to develop a love for reading.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.