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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Hog Wars

When I look out and watch the herd of pigs I think. "How peaceful and pastoral. Free range hogs with much to eat and companionship. "

If all came to an end the other day. They clashed with a Great Dane, who didn't like them.

I had just stepped out on the porch with Heidi when she slipped her collar. (I must not have gotten the pin through the hole.) In a shot he was off the porch and had grabbed a young pig by the ear, with me in frantic pursuit.

With the pig screaming for it's dear life, I am struggling to get the leash around the dogs neck so I can get some semblance of control.

By now the whole herd of hogs have shown up mxing for a fight in defense of one of their own.
They begin snapping and the dog and I hit them on the snout to keep them away while at the same time I am trying to get Heidi to release her victim (or at least tear the ear off so the pig could get away). As the pigs are trying to get at the dog the dog refuses to let go she crouches down beside the truck as if she wanted to slide under the truck dragging her victim with her.

About this time, I get knocked down in the scuffle and the pigs start nipping at me. As I struggle to get up I come face to face with the 800 pound pregnant sow who looks like she is about to take a piece out of me. Pow! she gets a punch in the snout and I get back on my feet.

I am exhausted. I feel I will have to give up. But, then I tell myself I can't. Heidi is in mortal danger.

Adenalin must have given me a second wind so I entered the fray again. This time I got a secure leash around Heidi's neck. The large sow tries hard to bit her elegant tail and missed.

Mercifly, Heidi finally lets go to probably get a better bite. I pull her back and she only get a little bit in the flack of the pig which I manage to get her to release .

With me controlling the dog, the pigs retreat a little and I move with the dog toward the porch so we can get back into the house.

We are inI I am exhausted. Huffing and puffing. Heidi is once again calm and lays down on the couch while I struggle to recover.

It turns out I am not without some wounds. My hand is bleeding. I think a young pig might have nipped me. I have a sore shoulder that prevents me from raising it fully. And that is my good shoulder: the other one, is chronically painful from when I had a tree I was felling land on it.
The worst injury proved to be a deep bruise in a calf muscle which caused it to tighten up so I could hardly walk.

I thought I had a problem with Heidi and the pig. . . . .now I KNOW I have a problem! I have made inquiries into getting rid of the pigs soon.

In the mean time. I keep Heidi close. I do not leave her with Dave and June for if she accidentally got out neither of them would be able to recover the dog in the midst of another Hog War.

The sweet pup is always trying out weird ways to lie to amuse me.

"I didn't mean to cause so much trouble." I just hate pigs.!

"Are you finished being annoyed with me?"
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At 2:03 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

Sorry you got worked over helping Heidi but glad you are keeping her. She is a loving dogs just doesn't love pigs. My dogs hate chickens so either have to be in their big dog pen or on a leash at all times. Hope you take this long weekend to rest and recoup.

At 3:20 a.m., Blogger Gattina said...

Wow what a story ! you wrote it so well that I thought I was amongst the pigs !! I didn't know that they can get that dangerous ! your were lucky not to be too much hurt ! Heidi is such a cute dog, if she doesn't like pigs she maybe has a reason ! Our dog (years ago) hated hats ! I always had to ask people (especially my father) not to come in the house with a hat or a cap, she, normally an angel became an aggressive devil ! I never found out why because she was only two months old when I got her !

At 8:41 a.m., Anonymous daffy said...

*laughs with Gattina* I know what you mean, I'm huffing and puffing just reading it!
But philip, look at her pretty little face... she is an angel. (A pig hating angel!) :o)
Good story Philip, but I'm sorry you got injured in the scuffle too! Put some antiseptic on it.

At 7:25 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

Good grief--what a story. Perhaps having a harness on Heidi, to which you could hook a leash, would give you something to grab on to.
Of course, if you get rid of the pigs, the problem may not arise again.
I have never heard of such an encounter. Sounds like you need some time for muscles to rest and heel, but if I remember your accounts from last year, about this time you are laying in firewood, etc. for the coming cold weather.

At 10:07 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful dog and one hell of a fight. Pigs or hogs can be butchers.

At 6:53 a.m., Blogger Gretchen said...

How can you stay angry at that face? :)

At 2:55 p.m., Blogger possum said...

OH,MY!!!!! What a mess! Poor thing! I sure can sympathize with your aching bones and muscles. Be sure to take care of that bite! Pig bites can become very, very nasty! Do NOT ask how I know this and NO I am not saving the story for my blog - just trust me on it. Pig bites get infected easily.
Well, like you said in an earlier post, Great Danes were bred to hunt and kill, if possible, boars. So you can't really change her behavior - she is too old for that change. Now if you had raised her as a baby with Runt, it might have worked, but it is too late now. Do take care of yourself. So sorry for your problem, but injoyed your telling of it.

At 2:15 p.m., Blogger Janet said...

Hopefully you have fully recovered from your injuries now that it is a few days later (I'm SO FAR BEHIND in reading my blogs).

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