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Sometimes the hardships and anxieties of everyday life make it hard to focus on what really matters. When Melanie Gomez found solace in her pet pig Hamlet (a companion she received to help manage daily activities made difficult by her epilepsy) she realized how beautiful life can be even in the frailest of scenarios. She used this newfound perspective to pursue photography, and luckily she has shared her passion through these adorable images of Hamlet herself. The incredibly photogenic muse can be seen on Gomez’s Instagram account in several forms and guises such as a unicorn costume, tutu, and even a hotdog suit. When perusing Gomez’s photos, how could you not have an appreciation for the simple things in life? Like pool parties and sun bathing!

I’m frequently asked why I have a pet pig. I was diagnosed with epilepsy in college. A week after I got married, I went from having one or two seizures a year to eight to ten a day.
Source: Meet Hamlet, The Piggy Who Saved My Life