Yesterday I found out the answer, and it all started when I went out to give the horses their afternoon feeding. Again, they didn't want to come in and instead were standing in the pasture and looking at an old paddock partially in a wooded area and near the swamp beyond the property line. As I walked in that direction, I saw something move the bushes but it was too dark in there to make anything out. And then, standing there just looking at me was a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Now I knew there was a neighbor down the road in our rural community who had one as a pet and I quickly surmised the little porker had escaped from her pen, but try as I might I couldn't catch her and I had to watch Salvador, our large Great Pyrenees carefully, for he looked like he was ready for a ham dinner. So, when all else fails, I called the "Horse Lady," or "Doctor Dolittle," two names that are affectionately used to describe my wife, for she can get almost any creature to come to her and follow her commands. She seems to be able to get in their wavelength and it worked. Within a few minutes, the pig was safely inside a large dog crate until her owner arrived to carry her home. And so ended another episode of saving a creature
Just another day on our landlocked Ark, I guess but there was, however, something truly amazing about the little pig. She had run away from home over a week prior, taking herself into the swampy area. That a coyote, or perhaps a bear or that bobcat or panther didn't make a quick demise of the pig is amazing. And alligators are also prevalent in the area, too, and I know one of those eating machines would have made a meal out of her in just minutes. But, no, she managed to survive and I'm glad she is now safe and sound back where she belongs. My only concern was that my wife, a true animal lover, might get the idea that she wanted one, for she is very impulsive about pets. Thankfully, she said that chunky monkey was more than a handful to carry and it wasn't something she would ever want. We've rescued horses, ponies, dogs, cats, a goat and birds, but thankfully, we won't be adding any pigs to the payroll. Thank you, Lord, for guiding her the right way.