Floyd Rich of Landover had thought about getting a rabbit as a pet for his nieces and nephews. Instead, he got a pig.
“We wanted to do something different,” Rich told me by phone Monday morning. “It was something different and unique, and we wanted to promote it as a Redskins mascot, for the Hogs.”
Indeed. That’s why I was talking to Rich on Monday morning. Because he had brought Miss Charlotte, aka Grandma Hog, to the area outside FedEx Field’s parking lots where diehard fans congregate for many hours before kickoff. I’ve been there before, although truth be told, I’ve never seen any farm animals.
Miss Charlotte is about 2-and-a-half years old already, but Monday marks her first appearance at the stadium.
“We had to get her used to doing this stuff a couple years ago,” Floyd told me. “She was still training, getting out her little attitude.”
Hog in the house! Grandma hog is helping Redskin fans get psyched for tonight’s game at FedEx field. pic.twitter.com/PMZB7tl64u
— Megan McGrath (@MeganMcGrath4) September 9, 2013
Charlotte weighs somewhere between 800 and 1000 pounds. She eats fruits and vegetables and dog food. She also has some sort of a Redskins-themed traveling vehicle. I didn’t ask any more questions, because I was too busy formulating the headline you see above, about how there’s currently a live pig at FedEx Field.