A little more about me — I’m Dacia (Day-sha), a 29-year-old journalist and Colorado native now living in South Florida.
I adopted Paxton in March 2017 and almost immediately stopped eating pork.
I soon realized I didn’t want to consume meat at all and set a goal for myself to stop eating meat and cut back drastically on all animal products for six weeks to see how I felt. I began doing a lot of research through books, documentaries and podcasts, and after holding my head in the sand for so many years, I finally educated myself on the meat and dairy industries, speciesism and the ways money and politics shape the products we consume — even the food pyramid!
Out of all this, a girl & her pig was born.
This is my very reaI journey into living a plant-based life with the intention of someday becoming vegan. My stories and experiences are true, I’ll share my successes and failures, and I’ll try to make you laugh along the way.
Paxton will be a big part of my blog. I want you to get to know him and his big personality. I welcome questions, feedback and suggestions as well as comic relief and
bottles of wine vodka (I now know a lot of wine and beer is made using animal products) because, hey, this shit is not easy!
Paxton James was born in February 2017. We named him after Bill Paxton who died just before we got him. He weighs 43 pounds, will do anything for food and loves to snuggle on the couch. No, we don’t know how big he will get, and we don’t really care!
He knows how to sit and spin. He absolutely loves carrots, apples and watermelon and rolling in the mud.
He’s a regular at the Stuart Sandbar where he digs for seed pods and gets his snout dirty.
I realized pretty quick that he can communicate through the noises he makes. He grinds his teeth when he’s content, especially during belly rubs. He screams when he’s scared, makes a low grunting noise when he’s curious and sounds like a monkey when he wants attention or to play. When Paxton is mad he pouts or he makes really loud grunting noises to make it known he’s annoyed about something. If he wants scratches, he’ll nudge you until he gets them.
And he gives kisses. Usually, just to me (his mama), we have the closest bond. He pushes his snout right up to my lips.
Paxton loves to mess with his sister. Casey is a 12-year-old Jack Russel Terrier. She mostly ignores him. When Casey goes outside to pee, Pax loves to bite her tail and run away in the hopes his sister will chase him. But she ain’t got time for that.
Read • Watch • Listen
What I’ve read:
- I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to eat it anymore
- Eat to live
- Thug kitchen
- Forks over Knives
What I’ve watched:
- What the Health
- Supersize me
- Hungry for change
- Forks over Knives
- Fat sick and nearly dead
- Food, Inc
What I’m listening to: Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack
- 033 (Faux) Pearls of Wisdom for Newbie Vegans
- 030 A Chat About Feminism
- 012 Get Your Hands Off My V-Card!
- 008 Stop Eating at the Fucking Olive Garden!
- 006 Going Vegan Ain’t Always Easy
- 005 Veganism Is Bigger Than Food