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Old 06-27-06, 09:17 PM   #1
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The Great Pig Incident

I was going through some of my old files and ran across something that is still talked about at our family gatherings, enjoy:

Yesterday, my sister was at the house with her youngest boy enjoying the pool. What a better way to beat the heat than read a book while watching your child do his best to pop a pool raft by landing on it from the diving board, you ask? Well I though it was an idyllic setting too, until I got a frantic call from my sister, screaming that there was a pig in the house, a huge pig, that she described with many modifiers ending in "ing".
I left work in the middle of a shoot (on a side note; one knows you live in a rural area when your client doesn't even bat an eye at such an excuse, as if hog invasions are a much more common occurrence than I would have thought, "Sure, hun, sounds like you need to hurry home"). I got home expecting to see "Hogzilla" in an easy chair and was not disappointed. What I found was my next door neighbor's grandchildren had accidently let his prize three hundred pound hog out, and the ensuing chase through the woods came to an end when Wilber went head first through my sliding glass door. The door did not break by the way, even after being bashed off its tracks, landing on a stone floor, and I expect being trampled by said pig. Good glass in that door.
My sister was standing on the couch, still yelling into the phone. She had called everyone she knew, the police or animal control were not on that list. My nephew's favorite thing at my house, besides the pool, is my old, single pump Daisy BB gun, which I am proud to say he was diligently using to defend his mother. Sister got a little miffed at me when I complimented him on his accuracy rather than scold him for shooting a gun in the house, but hey, when there is a hog in the house, rules change. The pig, having found the inside of my house not as inviting as he had hoped had already left through the same hole he entered, the neighbor's grandkids still in the woods, afraid to approach my house.
Today, I'm spending at home, cleaning. No real harm done but it does look like I staged a hobbit mud rastling contest. Every where from hip level down there is a hog sized swipe of mud. I think I'm ready for BBQ and will have an oriental rug, slightly soiled, for offer at my next yard sale.
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Good story.

My dog chewed the couch once.

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Old 06-28-06, 08:31 AM   #3
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Great story.

The first summer I moved into my house something kept knocking down my trash barrell and removing the lid to get at the trash. I kept finding better ways to secure the lid and was wondering how strong and crafty those raccoons must be. I had even set a foot hold trap to catch them. Finally, one day I came home to find a pig nosing through my trash can. I chased him throughout the neughborhood thinking I could catch it like in a greased pig contest only to find Arnold belonged to my neighbors down the street. And we live inside of city limits.
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We never had our pigs get in the house, but one time a friend's did get out from the 4-H show area at the county fair and made it clear over to the amusement park rides on the other side of the fairgrounds before being successfully coralled.

Working with pigs is a simple matter of giving them an incentive to go the way you want them to. The problem is their biggest motivation in life is to do what you don't want them to.
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