Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hog Heaven

Well, over the summer I was in charge of one thing. The family PIG. That is right a pig. Our neighbors and us went in together on a pig. Since Josh and Amy were both in Utah over the summer, and Brian was away during the week days, I was in charge of Joe the Pig.
Josh built a wonderful pen for Joe in our big barn, and I took on the task of going to the Grange and buying Hog Grower to feed him. Last Monday I came home from the Grange and went down to the barn to feed Joe and this is what I saw.... Now what would you have thought if you saw that. Luckily Brian was supposed to be home that night, so I tried calling him, but got no answer. So in my shock I decided to call Amy in Utah. It took me a while to convince her that he was dead. See, I had only seen his rear end lying there, and Amy wanted me to go back into the barn to check if he was sleeping. There was no chance of me going back in there, plus he totally looked dead. Amy wanted me to poke him with a stick. Finally I explained to her that he looked the the pigs in the game Pass the Pigs. He was bloated and stiff as a board...Poor guy.
Well, Brian finally came home and confirmed that Joe had passed on. I felt like a failure. Here I was in charge of this pig, our winter meat, and he died just week before he was ready. Brian changed his clothes, and then drug Joe out of the barn. He then hooked him up to our little John Deere lawn mower, and dragged him out to one of the fields just south of our home.
We were hoping that the Coyotes would take care of Joe, but Griz, our dog, sure has been stinky lately. Oh well... We are just hoping that poor old Joe is happy in hog heaven. RIP JOE the PIG

11 comments:

The Hardy Boys...and Me said...

Oh so sad!! Especially since you were going to get some great meat out of him!!

I used to raise pigs and take them to fair. The only fatalities we ever had was when our dogs attacked them. It was sad for me though!

NicKim Family said...

Oh poor Camille! I would have reacted the same way!! That stinks that you guys are going to miss out on the nice pork!!

Roo & Gina said...

Oh Camilla!!! I thought that we were going to start out with a fish and then eventually grow into something that you could actually eat in time. There are reasons for not feeding meat before the milk. The pork will be missed, Joe is in a better place, and you better go back to the Grange and tell them that their food stinks - it just killed a pig!

Lyns said...

Well, first of all, nice job on killing the pig. LOL. I just had to laugh at that story. Second of all, I'm glad you found my blog! We'll totally have to keep in touch now!

tara said...

how sad! i can't believe the pig is dead. dang man. that kind of stuff is only supposed to happen to me. don't worry, i still love ya and can't wait to see you, pig or no pig...

Shannon J said...

I didn't know pigs do that when they died.. too funny. Okay probably not to you but I was cracking up reading your post!

adrianne said...

i know this is not a funny a moment... a pig dying and all - BUT the "pass the pigs" comment made me laugh so hard. RIP piggy pig.

The Yancey Family said...

That totally sucks that you lost all that meat! I love that picture of Brian dragging the pig through the field! You crack me up!

Harper Family said...

That was a nice post for 'Ol Joe. It is certainly not your fault that he died! That is just livestock sometimes.
I have some really cute pics of him when he was smaller I'll have to put on my blog in memory of Joe.

Ryan and Holly said...

Oh, I just read this post to Ryan. He is sad. Ryan sends his condolences. Sorry to hear about the pig. We miss you guys!

Mike and Jen said...

okay is brian talking on his cell phone when he's driving the lawn mower? please tell me his is. thats so classic.