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Local Lawyer and His Pet Pig Make Friends At the Library

Adam Lincoln Rollins and Sweet Pea are a familiar sight to many Monrovians when they go walking in Library Park.

and his 2-year-old 95-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig Sweet Pea get plenty of attention from Monrovians when he walks her in .

"It’s OK, just go slow," he says to curious onlookers who ask about petting her. He also brings Cheerios, which visitors can feed to Sweet Pea.

"She’s born to eat," Rollins said. "If she finds a cookie or something, she’ll do a beeline for that area for a month. If it’s food, the memory is just incredible."

Rollins has been practicing law in Monrovia for about 15 years. Most of his practice involves employment law and representation of small businesses, with about half focusing on litigation and half on transactions.

"She’s one of the few pigs to have her own private attorney. She gets an incredible break on my fees," Rollins joked.

Rollins said one sad fact about pigs like Sweet Pea is that many are bought as pets but later they are often abandoned.

"People think, ‘It’s cute, I’m going to get one,’ and then they realize it’s not just a funny-looking dog," he said. "They’re stubborn. What’s the expression, pig-headed?"

He also said that having a heavy, full-grown pig step on your foot can really get your attention.

On the other hand, pigs like Sweet Pea can be very charming and intelligent. While Rollins demonstrated how to get her to sit for a Cheerio treat, Sweet Pea rapidly twitched her tail, which almost seemed to mimic a dog’s tail wagging back and forth.

Sweet Pea has also been featured on the Monrovia Public Library’s blog.

Previously, Rollins brought two other pet pigs, Penelope and Romeo Bubba The Love Sponge, to Library Park. Romeo Bubba The Love Sponge was his first pig, and Rollins won him in a raffle.

"He was a gentle giant," Rollins said. "I view it as the best five dollars I ever spent."

"I did a lot of research on it so I had an appreciation for what I had to do," he added.

Rollins said that he’s been walking Sweet Pea in Library Park almost since the day he got her, but he has to be careful not to bring her there when the conditions are too hot.

"The heat can really affect them. They don’t pant or sweat. You almost have to submerge them in cold water," he said. "She’s getting her winter coat back."

He also said that the pigs shed quite a bit.

"She goes from looking like a bear to having no hair," he said.

Rollins said Sweet Pea only gets bathed about two or three times a year. "They don’t get fleas," he said. "And she will not wallow in a pool of mud." He said that pigs on farms usually wallow in mud to stay cool, but Sweet Pea spends about half of her day indoors.

In addition to Romaine lettuce and other low-calorie, high-nutrient foods, he feeds Sweet Pea a small handful of food that is specially formulated for potbellies.

"Absolutely nothing spicy," he said. "She is pretty fun to watch eat peanut butter. Just like a dog."

Sweet Pea does not like to be picked up, but not long ago, Rollins had to do just that when Sweet Pea suffered a broken leg. As she was recovering from surgery, Rollins came to check on her progress.

"When she heard my voice from 15 feet away, she got so excited that she struggled to stand up," he said. "It was really touching."

"I had to carry her everywhere she went for three to four months," he added. This included carrying her so she could still go out for her "walk."

"It was quite a load, but it was worth it," he said.

Sweet Pea has now recovered, and she and Rollins continue to meet plenty of friendly folks when they are out strolling.

"When I see the looks on little kids faces and stuff, it’s great," he said.

The next time you are walking in Library Park, keep a look out for a pig on a leash. You might get a chance to make friends with Sweet Pea and her owner.

Holly Hale September 02, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Adam is my immediate next door neighbor and adopted brother. I grew up on a farm and know how intelligent pigs are. His piggies have been fun to know. I've seen the tricks they have learned to do for food, babysat them, and seen the joy they bring all the kids who go up and down our street. Adam is a wonderful friend and excellent attorney. He's been my neighbor for 11 years now and knows his business very well. So whether its pet advice or legal business, he's your man!
Jen Havens September 02, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Adam is a phenomal Attorney who has worked with me on all of my business contracts. Sometimes, legal terms can be difficult for the average person to understand fully. Adam is down to earth in his explanations, creating an easy working relationship between attorney and client. I recently had to evict someone and Adam was there for me 100% of the time, making it a successful eviction. I am extremely grateful for all the legal advice he's given and work he's done for me. Looking for a hard-working and diligent attorney? He's at the top of my list. It helps that he has a heart of gold for his beautiful pig...they truly have a strong bond.
Nicoline Conway September 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM
I like Adam. Nice attorney and is very engaging. I miss his Romeo.
Laurie Forsythe September 04, 2011 at 04:11 AM
I would (and do) recommend Adam to anyone in need of a honest and trustworthy attorney, this man will from start to finish will be there for you, in the end of your working experience you might just be able to call him a friend. He has a wide range of expertise in many different legal fields. He has worked for my family, friends and neighbors for many years and never once has he lost a case for us. I stand behind this man because night or day he will stand up for me. I sleep better at night knowing Adam Rollins.
Ann Garrett September 06, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Adam is not only a responsible pet/pig owner but also a great attorney. He represented me in a settlement hearing an d got me 3 times the amount of money I had originally asked for. Adam is now my attorney for life! P.S. You should see Sweet Pea when she has her winter coat. She grows a Mohawk!!!!!
Jeff palmer September 08, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Adam is a trustworthy and honest lawyer that you can count on in any situation. Professionally or as a friend, he has saved my neck in many situations. No matter the task, Adam will handle it with care and heart and I'm not just blogging that because I am a pig owner as well. When I got my piggy, which is a 110lb baby named Charlotte, he gave me a detailed list of foods and dos and donts, to make sure Charlotte is well taken care of. So if it's legal issues or piggy advice, Adam is your man.
Steve moran September 09, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Mr. Rollins is the only attorney I have complained about for misconduct to the California state bar. He left his client standing at the alter the week before trial. Only after Mr. Rollins bled his client dry were we able to resolve the case. check your facts before you recommend or endorse any attorney.
Adam Lincoln Rollins September 09, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Notwithstanding that I presently do not recall representing anyone by the name of Steve Moran, although I might have, anyone can check the California State Bar website at www.calbar.ca.gov., which will show: This member has no public record of discipline," and "This member has no public record of current administrative actions." Further, an attorney must receive consent of the court, after showing good cause, to end representation of any client without their consent one week before trial, if this actually happened. No person in any business can make everyone they ever have contact with happy. One can only do their best.
Janie Duncan September 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM
I have known Adam for some years and he is good man and a good pet Pig owner. I miss Romero also.
Janet March 29, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I have known Adam and work with him for many years. Know most of the cases he has. Never recall to see the name of Steve Moran in his files. What a liar of Steve. Adam is very kind and sincer with his client. Never abbended his clients for any reason. He is always go getter and always will be.

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