Ruff Life or Oink Life? It’s All Relative to Albert Swinestein

PLANO -- "Albert Swinestein was just roaming the streets of Oak Cliff," said Dallas Pets Alive! Marketing Director Haley Edman.

It sounds pretty innocent, but that has all the makings of a scary time in the life of a two-year-old pig.

"If you know pigs, they're prey," Edman pointed out. "Especially on the streets of Dallas right now, it's just not a very good place for a pig to be."

Albert Swinestein is no brawling boar. He only weighs 15 pounds, so this hog needed a home, and fast. A Dallas Pets Alive! foster did the trick at first, but then Albert met Max.

"The foster, they had posted a picture where he was wearing sunglasses," Max Morrison said.

Just a month later...

"We're bros," Morrison laughed. "We've become bros already."

The brolationship is developing quickly.

"Pretty sure we have conversations," Morrison said. "We don't know what each other's saying, but he talks a lot."

Little Swinestein has certainly lived up to his name so far.

"He uses a litter box inside, and that took him 24 hours to figure out," Morrison said. "He's learning all his leash manners and tricks and things like that."

It's not all about the generic stuff either.

"We're trying to work on the war cry right now because I'd like to be able to do that on command," Morrison laughed. "Make him run a long distance and bellow like a crazy person. We're working on that right now. That one's a little tougher.

He's even an office oinker, showing up to Morrison's office at Robot Entertainment once a week.

"I bring him to work every Wednesday right now," Morrison said. "He hangs out at reception all day."

This pig is the prime focus of any party, but he comes with a warning.

"You have to be careful with pigs because they can be deceivingly small," Morrison said. "Pigs generally have a lifespan of 16-20 years, which is longer than most dogs, but they grow until they're five. A lot of people will find really small pigs, or teacup pigs, which don't exist, and they'll get to be this 200-300 pound behemoths. It's very important that you're prepared for that kind of thing."

Even though they only expect Albert to get to about 50 pounds, that weighed heavy on Morrison's mind.

"I wanted to make sure that he had a good situation, that it was an environment that he could thrive in, and that it wasn't a novelty thing," he said.

With Max and his Robot Entertainment work crew, it's all good for Albert.

If you're interested in adopting or fostering dogs, cats, or even pigs through Dallas Pets Alive! check out their website: dallaspetsalive.org