Oinkdaddy Micro Mini Piglets — misleading, bait & switch, unhealthy animals
I would just like to warn individuals that are interested in purchasing micro mini piglets from this breeder: CJ "Craig" Tobler - Oinkdaddy.com. the photos of piglets on his website are misleading, he used a bait and switch tactic on me, and one of the animals i received has not healthy and had to be put down.
The first photo is the pictures the breeder had on his website. the second photo is what the piglets actually looked like when i picked them up. As you can see, one is a different color - he was supposed to be light brown and he's black. The other piglet wasnt even the piglet i selected/paid for. since they are next to my 100lb pitbull, you can also see that they are not as small as he claims
This is my horrible experience: I recently purchased 2 piglets from his website. I paid in advance for the 2 piglets. I drove 7 1/2 hours round trip to pick up the piglets i had selected and paid for. When i arrived, I was given 2 piglets but noticed neither of them looked anything like the online photos i had viewed and one was not even the original piglet i had selected/purchased. I was then told that he accidentally gave one of the piglets i purchased to someone else. Since i had already paid and would not receive a refund and had already drove so far i decided to just take the animals home. I took them to the vet like i was supposed to, and everything seemed fine.1 1/2 months later the replacement piglet i was given instead of the piglet i had selected/purchased had to be put down. I sent the breeder an email the next day explaining what had happened. That the piglet seemed fine yesterday morning but when i arrived home from work he was very ill and wouldnt get up. That i immediately called the vet and took him to the emergency vet clinic. When i got there his temperature wouldnt even register. The vet said that usually means its 92 degress or lower and that at that point his organs were shutting down. I asked the vet what i should do and she said the best thing to do would be to euthanize him so he wouldnt have to suffer anymore. you could tell he was having a hard time breathing and was extremely lethargic. I cuddled him and tried to say my goodbyes. The vet performed an autopsy and determined the piglet had a 6inch bowel obstruction/blockage and that portion of his intestines had become necrotic. I asked the vet if there was anyway i could have prevented this or if i had done something to cause this and she said no. That she only found food and gas in the piglets' intestines. I explained to her that the piglet had been eating, drinking, and having regular bowel movements. She said the obstruction was probably going on for some time since it was 6 inches and the bowel was able to pass through until now which is why he didnt seem ill before. (which means the piglet already had the bowel obstruction when the breeder gave him to me). the breeder responded to my email by sending- "that is so sad to hear, yet I would have gotten his temperature up, hydrated him, flushed him, and given him some dextrose. Most vets are quick to euthanize, and I have had people from around the country turn to me for advice. many micro mini piglets are social and need the companionship. Should you decide to get a companion for the piglet you still have, I would place Zippi, Jake, Joker, etc for a lower than posted price.See the Top 10 Worst Complaints in Lockhart, TX" i let my vet read his email and she assured me that i did the right thing by having him euthanize. She said even if we had known of the blockage and did emergency surgery, the piglet would have passed as soon as he was given the gas to sedate him. She also commented that the breeder is not a vet and that vets are never quick to euthanize unless the animal is beyond help and suffering. i looked at the 3 piglets the breeder suggested (zippi, jake, and joker) in his email but they were much older than the piglet i had purchased. I let the breeder know that i was worried about the piglet i still have being lonely and wrote that i was interested in another pig listed on his site that was the litter mate of the piglet that had passed because she looks almost exactly like him. In the next email i received the breeder wrote I can offer you a discount for the older males that I listed, yet would still take off $25 for Ruri, Kanela, or Niro. - I responded by reminding him that i wasnt given the right piglet to start with and i honestly thought he would give more than a $25 dollar discount considering the circumstances. He emailed me back the following. "The best price that I can do for you on Kanela is $350. I have been selling the very young piglets for $550 to $1000. IF she was two months of age, she would have been priced at $625, so there is almost $300 reduced on Kanela to get her to $350.I will place her for $350 with you, if that is agreeable with you, if not then I can offer $50 off on other piglets."At that point i was pretty upset since Kanela was listed on his website for $400 - so pricing her at $350 was only a $50 discount. She was also already over 6 months old so it didn't matter that she could have been priced higher when she was younger. I expressed that I would not be purchasing another piglet from him because i felt that all he cared about was money and advised him that i would be posting about this on several reporting websites because i honestly think its not right. I ended the email by explaining again that he gave me a different piglet than I agreed to purchase (which is honestly a bait and switch tactic and is illegal). I only had the piglet for 1 1/2 months, i took him to the vet and did everything i was supposed to do and it wasnt my fault he passed. i wrote that i thought it was ridiculous that he would try to charge me so much for a new piglet when he should have been willing to give me a replacement of equal or lesser value or allow me to pay the difference in price for Kanela. He emailed me back saying i was threating him by saying i would post about what happened but it wasnt a threat. i simply meant i would post about my experience and allow people to make their own perception regarding the situation. He then asked for my vets information and wanted to call them and have them fax all required information regarding the piglet that had passed, which is understandable and i did give him my vets info. Then he emailed me to "read the health contract again - this was not hereditary or congenital so there is no free replacement." He never even gave me a contract nor did i sign a contract regarding the piglet that passed and I honestly thought that he would be compassionate, understanding, and willing to make this right but $50 off a piglet isnt much of a discount considering i just paid him several hundreds of dollars a month and half ago.