Living: Getting High on the Hog

The once lowly porker is becoming a popular mascot

In Japan and China, this is the Year of the Dog. In the U.S., it looks suspiciously like the Year of the Hog. Suddenly, for old and young alike, Sus domestica, the farmyard pig, seems to be displacing the cat as a national object of whimsy, affection, satire and extravagant punnery. From the Hog Wild! store in Boston's Faneuil Hall Market Place to three Hogography gift shops in Arkansas to the Hogs & Kisses emporium in San Francisco, retailers' shelves are packed with greeting cards,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!