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Animal experience hosted by Maddie

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

We’ll welcome you into our home, where you’ll meet our pack: Pickles the pig, Dill the dog, our rescued chickens and our newly adopted bunnies. You’ll get to learn everything you ever wanted to know about life as an animal rescuer…and everything you never knew about pigs while enjoying a delicious gourmet vegetarian picnic! Next, we’ll hop on bikes (Dill and Pickles ride in an attached stroller) and cruise on over to our local park, where Pickles and Dill will run around (and graze) on the grass. You’ll get to join in on the fun, and watch Pickles perform his favorite tricks, including his scent-training games, so you can see firsthand how smart and curious pigs really are. You’ll also receive a Pickles-made art canvas and a signed copy of our family’s book to take home.
Other things to note
Wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.
We’ll welcome you into our home, where you’ll meet our pack: Pickles the pig, Dill the dog, our rescued chickens and our newly adopted bunnies. You’ll get to learn everything you ever wanted to know about life as an animal rescuer…and everything you never knew about pigs while enjoying a delicious gourmet vegetarian picnic! Next, we’ll hop on bikes (Dill and Pickles ride in an attached stroller) and cruise on over to our local park, where Pickles…
Guidelines created with World Animal ProtectionLearn more

What's included

  • Food
    Drinks and picnic food
  • Equipment
    Bikes and helmets

Meet your host, Maddie

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 22 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi! I’m Maddie Johnson, mom to Pickles the pig and Dill the dog. I rescued Pickles 2 years ago from a flooded farm when he was just a piglet. Since then, we've been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, Animal Planet and I'm constantly documenting the antics of our ever-growing menagerie of rescued farm animals and foster pets on our Instagram. I love to tell the world about the many talents of Pickles, like painting, surfing, and even dog (pig?!) agility. We love spending time outdoors near our home in the Bay Area and having picnics in the park with plenty of playtime and shenanigans.
Hi! I’m Maddie Johnson, mom to Pickles the pig and Dill the dog. I rescued Pickles 2 years ago from a flooded farm when he was just a piglet. Since then, we've been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, Animal Planet and I'm constantly documenting the antics of our ever-growing menagerie of rescued farm animals and foster pets on our Instagram. I love to tell the world about the many talents of Pickles, like painting, surfing, and even dog (pig?!) agility. We love spending time outdoors…
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In partnership with The Dodo

Curated by The Dodo.
This experience is offered directly by a member of the The Dodo community and has been curated by The Dodo.


The Dodo is the world’s #1 media brand for animal lovers globally, specializing in storytelling that makes people laugh, cry happy tears and feel all the feels. For years, The Dodo has obsessed over creating fun, entertaining and emotional content that makes people fall in love with animals, and now their thoughtfully curated experiences will help people do just that IRL, with beloved Dodo stars.
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Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

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Where you'll be

The experience will start out at our home in the Bay Area, located in the East Bay between San Francisco and Napa. You’ll travel to a nearby park to relax and enjoy the sights. It’s a beautiful place to hang out with some of the world’s cutest animals!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

Kelley
March 2020
If you love Pickles you will have the best time at this experience! It was super personal and small and we really got to know Maddie and her animals. Would highly recommend it!
Sarah
March 2020
I bought the picnic with Pickles for my parents as a Christmas gift and they said it was the best present!! They loved interacting with all the animals, and walked away wanting to rescue animals themselves. They said it was a one of kind experience. Highly recommend!!!
I bought the picnic with Pickles for my parents as a Christmas gift and they said it was the best present!! They loved interacting with all the animals, and walked away wanting to…
Ellie
March 2020
What a fantastic and unbelievably unique experience! I brought my 5 year daughter to the experience and we both had a great time. The animals are a delight ... every time I thought I had met every furry member of the menagerie, another one walked through the living room! [It rained so we stayed inside on my experience.] Maddie is the real star of the show with her stories behind each animal, her entertaining stories about how they came into her home and how they interact with each other. So entertaining. To top it off, the lunch she provided was delicious!! Had so much fun and would definitely recommend for a unique afternoon.
What a fantastic and unbelievably unique experience! I brought my 5 year daughter to the experience and we both had a great time. The animals are a delight ... every time I thought…
Mandi
January 2020
Being invited into Maddies home and sharing a family style meal with her and her family was truly special and unique. Her insight and storytelling made the entire experience from the first second intriguing and magical.
Kathleen
January 2020
From the moment I walked through Maddie’s front door I felt like part of her Farm-ily. I love following her animal adventures on Instagram and now I got to meet everyone in person. I got to play and interact with the animals...Pickles, Dill, Doodle, Piper, Earl, Gray and the duck family. Maddie and Stephen served us a delicious vegan meal as we sat around the table and played “Pickles Jeopardy”. I traveled from the LA area to have this experience. I can’t wait for Maddie and her Farm-ily host another event. This is such a fun experience for the entire family.
From the moment I walked through Maddie’s front door I felt like part of her Farm-ily. I love following her animal adventures on Instagram and now I got to meet everyone in person…
Leslie
January 2020
Best experience ever. If you have the opportunity to sign up for this experience do yourself the favor and do it. Beyond spending time with Maddie it was great meeting new people. Excellent company and the lunch was really, really good.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

What to bring

Close-toed shoes

Camera