The 200-pound pot-bellied pig who had worn out her welcome at Tabatha Blackburn's farm finally has found her forever home at the farm of a Freeport family.

FREEPORT — Bella the pushy pig isn't so pushy anymore. 

The 200-pound pot-bellied pig who had worn out her welcome at Tabatha Blackburn's farm finally has found her forever home at the farm of a Freeport family.

"I don’t know if I miss her or if I was just used to her," Blackburn said a day after Bella left. "After (Bella) left. I got pictures of the ponies running around the front yard like they were excited. ... (Bella) would just jump and bite at their legs at feeding time."

Bella now lives with Lindy and Jason Wood and their four children — ages 15, 12, 6 and 4 — at their 40-acre farm on State Road 20. Bella's new home is a large enclosure she shares another pig, a young male named Franklin, and a hyper goat named Nellie. 

Lindy Wood said Friday morning that Bella is adjusting well to her new digs. 

"She's a big girl, and she's a little moody but I think she'll come around," Wood said. "She really enjoys the other animals, it keeps her from getting bored. I think the reason she pushed out of her other enclosure before was because she was alone. Pigs like other pigs; I think she just needed some friends."

Wood's youngest son, Westin, has severe nonverbal autism, and it is difficult for him to interact with people other than his parents. But Westin is a different person with animals, his mother said. He enjoys riding horses and has a therapy dog named Gabe. Wood hopes Westin will form a similar bond with Bella. 

She said their first meeting went "very well". 

"He right away noticed that there was a different animal, and at the time she was sleeping," Wood said. "He went over and sat there and poked on her with his finger, and kind of just stared at her and patted her big belly." 

Wood said she plans to put Bella on a diet, do her nails and possibly teach her to paint. She added that Bella's pushy personality is what that attracted her to the pig in the first place.

"She might have been a turnoff to most people because she was described as having a difficult temperament and being pushy, but it really didn’t bother me," she said. "I love different personalities, and it brings out a different side of Wes, so I thought, 'Well, I’ll give Bella a try.' "