Meet the woman who shares her bed with her other half, their seven stone pig – and his French bulldog pal.
Maddie Johnson and Stephen rescued 100lb Pickles in February 2017 after the former farm animal was displaced by flash floods.
They are not the only ones to take a shine to the handsome swine – with French bulldog, Dill, who joined the family six months after Pickles, becoming firm friends with the boar.
He could eventually weigh 200lbs but has proved to be the perfect house pig, Maddie and Stephen say.
They now follow a plant-based diet and campaign against eating any form of pork meat.
Video content creator Maddie, 27, said: “I take them to the beach and Pickles will be playing in the tide while Dill nervously looks on.
“Pickles will run circles around Dill until he finally caves and goes for a paddle.”
She continued: “It works the other way around, too, with Dill looking out for Pickles.
“If another dog comes over and challenges Pickles, Dill gets between them and stands his ground.
“Pickles is like his big bro and if you want to hang out with him, you have to accept his brother.”
Maddie was astonished when Stephen agreed to her request to adopt Pickles, after she saw an appeal for people to give homes to displaced farm animals.
She said: “I grew up in the country and always loved the idea of having my own pig.
“I knew from farm visits as a child how clever they were and how much personality they have.
“One night I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw an appeal from a farm hit by flash flooding and they didn’t have the money to rebuild after all the damage.”
“They had about a dozen farm animals that needed re-homing and by the time I called they had one piglet left.
“I turned to Stephen and said, ‘Look, there’s one pig left – should we go get it?’
“He told me to grab my coat and that was that, we were off to save a pig!”
Pickles won Stephen’s heart and the couple were soon loading their car boot back home to San Francisco, California with a week’s supply of pig feed.
Within a month, he was sleeping in their bed.
Maddie said: “He was quite nervous at first. He would stay in his own bed and not venture off very far.
“But by the end of the week he was less piglet and more puppy – running all over the place, asking for belly scratches and snuggles on the sofa.”
They started taking Pickles out for a walk – then decided it was time to find him a playmate.
A French bulldog was the obvious choice after Pickles “squealed with glee” upon meeting a neighbour’s dog.
Pickles and brother Dill are now the best of friends and “like two peas in a pod” – and have even gone to agility classes together.
After people were charmed by her quirky pet, Maddie started sharing photos of the pair on Instagram.
She said: “People are always stopping to take a photo or ask more about their back story.
“I started documenting their life and found that people were loving it.”
She continued: “I think they love the friendship and the big personalities that come through.
“If they do anything together people go wild, whether it’s a trip to the beach or eating some carrots.”
With over 100,000 followers, Maddie hopes her social media reach will encourage people to rethink their attitude towards animals as more than just food.
She said: “Since adopting Pickles and Dill I’ve provided foster care to several animals – including puppies, piglets and even a goat – but Pickles and Dill remain a staple of our household.
“I really want to encourage people to think about pigs as more than just food.
“It’s not about being preachy or telling people what to do – Pickles and Dill speak for themselves, as their relationship is so strong.
“Their Instagram is a happy corner of the internet that, hopefully, makes people smile and if a ripple effect of that means people stop eating meat – it’s a bonus.”