Sunday, April 30, 2017

This Lil Piggy

We have a pig.

Granted, it doesn’t sound odd for a farm, does it?

But, there is a story…

Last December, I received a call from a neighbor asking if we had a pig.  I laughed.  I said, “No, we don’t have a pig.  Why?”  He said that there was a pig at his house and he thought, perhaps, we had added a pig to the farm.  I didn’t give it much more thought.  Until two days later…

That afternoon, when my husband returned home, he came in and asked… “Hey, did you know there’s a pig out here?”  I went to take a look and, sure enough, there was a pig.  He was inside the main gate, next to the driveway, on the outside of the pasture fence.  He was definitely skittish but didn’t run too far when we approached him.

For three days, he stayed right next to the pasture fence – close enough to the goats and Pyrenees – to feel safe.   He even crafted a bed out of the pine straw in the landscaping right against the fence.  We were giving him food and water and trying to track down where he belonged.  I finally got a lead, made some calls and found that he belonged about ¾ of a mile away.  I spoke with the owners who said that, if it was okay for him to stay, they could come the next day (Saturday) to get him.  

On Saturday morning, when my husband went out to feed everyone, he took a bowl of food out for the pig.  But, the pig was nowhere to be found.  He then went to the barn to feed the goats and dogs and, there, in the middle of the pasture, was the pig.  He had broken “into” the pasture to get closer to the other animals.

The owners came down later that morning (with two relatives to help) and they spent an hour chasing that pig all over the pasture.  They told us that he was afraid of men and gave us a little background on how they came to have him.   Finally, after chasing him with no luck, they said they were going to Tractor Supply to buy a trap and would be back shortly to get him.

About an hour later, there was a knock on the front door.  The owner said he had gone home and spoken with his wife.  He said he told her how happy the pig seemed to be and they decided that we should keep him.   I wasn’t looking to add a pig to the farm but,… it looks like the pig had other plans.

So, we became the proud owners of a pig.

He seems to think he’s a dog.  He sticks right with Reagan and Sasha (the two Pyrenees) and continually wags his tail.  He truly has found a safe and happy home with us.

 “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
― Winston S. Churchill

 “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm

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About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

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