Last week I attended a business/photography conference and learned SO much. One of the couples who spoke talked about how when they started they did a few dog photoshoots. They laughed and made a joke about having to start somewhere.

And I was just sitting there wondering what the heck was wrong with taking photos of animals? Especially baby animals.

This is Paddington. He’s owned by Kayla, a 3rd grade teacher. She’s raising Paddington to be a therapy pet for special needs kids.

I’m familiar with service animals because we have therapy dogs at the hospital. I see how much fun the kids have cuddling with the dogs who visit them. I get that they’re for the kids, but they’re definitely therapeutic for us nurses during an emotionally draining day on the ICU.

All that to say: Paddington and Kayla are cool and they’re doing good things.

When we were at the park a little boy asked if Paddinton was a hamster.

So just to clarify, he is a pig.

He’s a micro mini-pig and he lives in Kayla’s Arizona room. He has piles of blankets, a ball pit, and tons of toys. He follows Kayla around and does tricks. He also goes on walks outside with a little harness and a leash. Which is adorable.

Kayla had an adult therapy pig named Freddie come to her classroom once, and now her students are under the impression that all pigs are called ‘Freddies.’

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To see more photos of Paddington you can check out his Instagram account @paddington_the_pig. He has more followers than you do.