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Photo on Michael Thornton's Active Rain blog

I subscribe to Michael Thornton's blog.  He takes some amazingly beautiful photos, uses color in his text, writes in such a way as to engage his audience, and never, never leaves you bored.

This photo from Michael's contest entry (titled Spring Fresh: ‘Tis Spring - Spring Fresh Contest)  makes my point.

It doesn't matter who you are, or whether you found this page by accident.  You can't look away from that image.

I can think of twelve or more different posts I could write with that photo as the anchor.  I won't do it, though; it's Michael's photo.

I want to know if this is his grandchild, and if so, where Grandma was while Michael was adjusting the focus on his camera.

Click the link and go comment on his post.  Tell him I sent you.  Tell him enquiring minds want to know more...


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Comment balloon 29 commentsMike Jones • April 13 2009 10:48PM


What a sight! That baby has no idea how filthy that pig is:) and he does not even care. Ah, such a life.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment; it's almost the witching hour in Florida!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

The picture makes me laugh!  And I will check out Michael's blog.  thanks -

Posted by Alexsandra Stewart, Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate (Remax equity group) over 11 years ago

What an awesome photo!  Love it!

Posted by Dustin Luther (4Realz.net) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - I smiled and laughed even before the "eeeewwww factor" kicked in. Wonderful photo... AND questions you ask! I'll have to cruise on over to Michael Thornton's blog, and thanks for the prompt.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

My daughters have done things with this, but with the dog.  A few years ago I heard my daughters laughing and snuck into the room (in attempts to catch them in the act) and they were chewing up their snack and opening their mouths and having the dogs finish off the remains.  They thought this was hilarious...I did not.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) over 11 years ago

Mike, I hear pigs are very clean. Hope the animal didn't catch any germs. Wow, what a funny photo Michael had for us all.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago


Even when you borrow photos their great.

Kids know no fear and friendly is friendly without regards to looks. Don't you wish we never out grew that attitude.

I'm goint to take a look at Michael's work.

Thanks for the heads up.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Mike, when my children were young we lived on a farm. I kept them far away from the hog pen. Frankly I'm more alarmed by the safety issues than germs. Hogs can be VERY aggressive.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I'm headed over there in just a minute, Mike. but I gotta tell ya, that photo is one of those 'priceless' shots.  Ummmmm...  lip-smacking good!   LOL

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 11 years ago

The subtitle ought to be "Love At First Snout" - headed right over there now!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike!
That is quite possibly the cutest eeewww I have seen in a while!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 11 years ago

That picture just cracks me up... See what happens when grandma turns her back for just a second? haha

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Oh yuck, kissing a pig???  It DOES reminde me of pictures of me feeding lambs with a bottle when I was that age though.

Posted by Richard Dolbeare, R(B), R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike, thanks for the plug. No, this is not my grandchild. Mine were running ahead. I just turned around and caught this purely by chance thanks to auto focus... BTW - no color today, I am in Huston and am working off my PC. I do all my posts on my MAC which gives me the ability to do stuff I cannnot do with my laptop...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

That is a great photo however, I bet "Mom" lost it when she saw it!  I'm on my way to visit Michael.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago


I imagine so!


Thanks for clearing that up!  This photo of yours should win some sort of award, but I'm not sure what.  LOL


That's a photo worthy of a post on AR.


My thoughts exactly!


Isn't that the truth?!


Thanks for coming by to comment!  Love your caption.


That's what I thought when I saw it!


There is a comedian whose line is "I haven't had that much fun since the hogs ate little brother."  I can't remember his name.


You're welcome!  I have 10 grandkids, and pretty much any one of them could be the little kid in the photo.


I love your take on the poor pig!

Christine (or Jennifer)

We raised enough of our own to identify with you.  Thanks for commenting.


The eeewww factor!  That about sums it up.




Michael Thornton just commented, and I'm off to his blog to see what you had to say there.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

That picture is absolutely priceless! 

Adds a whole new meaning to "kissing the pig."  LOL

Thanks for the chuckle.  I'll have that vision stored on my brain all day!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago


And the pig doesn't even have lipstick!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Cute photo!  Makes me think of how most of us are with our dogs - one minute they're out in the yard eating something nasty and the next minute they're in the house licking us in the face!  :-)

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - You're so right.  That is one of the most engaging photos.  I love the look of total glee on that little one's face!  Thanks for the tip on Michael Thornton.  I'm headed there now to read and subscribe.

Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hey, Mike. I have to agree that there are so many questions that need to be answered here. Thank, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Now that is a kiss of a lifetime.  Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

Oh my goodness!  I've seen my grandkids get "kissed" by dogs and cats, but never a PIG.  I'd almost think it would be easier to make a new kid, than clean an old kid up, after such an event:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Great picture, and I will take you up on your offer of commenting on the original.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago

I cannot imagine my child, grandchild, or anyone else in this position.  Great photo  BUT that is nasty!  I was raised on a farm and live on one.  That is a NO-NO. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 11 years ago




Thanks for stopping by to comment, and for commenting on Michael Thornton's blog.


I haven't had so much fun since the hogs ate baby brother...


That's the best title yet:  Kiss of a lifetime!


Hang onto your kids around the livestock.  LOL


I think Thornton's going to pick up eight or ten subscribers today!


Somehow we don't recoil so much when it's the family dog...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike-How funny, just yesterday I took my son to a animal shelter, and he met Rosie the pig at the shelter. Rosie nearly scared my son to death as she got up on her rear legs to great my son. It was a really fun time for my son.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago


I hope you show your little guy the photo!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

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