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Eight-year-old Sarah Ramey is passionate about pigs, and her room reflects that love with more than 100 pig-related items, from a “Charlotte’s Web” poster to her pink pig hamper — complete with a curly tail. If she wants to pet the real thing, all she has to do is go outside to play with Runt and Charlotte, her two pigs.
8-year-old Sarah’s passion for pigs extends from her pink and purple paradise inside, to the pen where Runt and Charlotte play outside
By Danielle Komis Palmer
Those sounds are music to the ears of 8-year-old Sarah Ramey.
After seeing the 2005 Disney animated movie “Chicken Little” and falling in love with the pig character named Runt, Sarah became obsessed with pigs.
A pink pig charm hangs on her favorite necklace, and she loves to visit her two animal buddies — Runt and Charlotte — in their pen.
The two pigs were gifts to Sarah for her sixth birthday and for Valentine’s Day. When the duo had piglets earlier this year, she could hardly bear to give any of the little ones away.
As the word has spread that Sarah loves pigs, figurines have quickly flooded into the Ramey house from friends and relatives.
Now, Sarah’s bedroom is a pink pig paradise, decorated with more than 100 stuffed animals, figurines, pillows, toys and even pig chocolates, though they haven’t tallied up the oinkers. “We stopped counting at 75,” Ramey said.
Where did you get the items in the room?
n Pig figurines — collected from friends and family from places around the world: China, Mexico, Bahamas.
n Pink pig hamper with curly tail in back — Wal-Mart.
When Sarah sees a pig with a curly tail, she usually falls in love with it immediately. “She’s like, ‘Oh, Mom, it’s got a curly tail!’ ” Kim Ramey said.
Sarah Ramey gives her pet pig Runt a back rub. She named the pig after her favorite character in the Disney movie “Chicken Little.”
n Pig pillows — gifts from friends and cousins.
n Flying plastic pig toy with wings — KB Toys.
n Pig-shaped bulletin board — Ross. “We were walking by and there it was,” Kim said. “It was one of those things you have to have.”
What’s your favorite part of the room?
Sarah loves the corner in her room where her desk and books are nestled.
“I really like reading,” she said. Sometimes she reads about pigs (a Charlotte’s Web poster hangs above her desk, and stuffed pigs decorate the top of the desk) and other times she likes to read about other things.
What’s your favorite collectible in your room?
A mechanized stuffed Valentine’s Day pig that sings and dances to “I’m Just a Love Machine.” Sarah giggles every time she watches it dance.
What are your future plans for the room?
Sarah’s family is renovating their Hartselle home, and plans to remodel Sarah’s bedroom soon. They want to pull up her deep purple carpeting and refinish the hardwood floor underneath.
Sarah said she’d like to repaint her room pink or purple. She laughed when she realized her walls are already sponge-painted pink and purple.
Parents Kim and Blake,
12-year-old brother Blake
Sarah’s room is packed with more than 100 pigs, but her real pigs — Runt and Charlotte — live outside.
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