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Old 09-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have two young feral hogs (50-60lbs) at my home. I work my Lacy with them. We are also fattening them up and will butcher them to utilize to mix with deer meat this year. Well, that's the plan. Not sure if I can butcher something I've named, but for now, that's the plan. They are in a large dog run, inside a pen so they can't escape and I remain safe while taking care of them.

When Hondo, my GSD is in the pen with me, he totally ignores them. They just aren't there. He'll sniff around the run, but doesn't give the inside pen any acknowledgement at all. Doesn't bark, nothing. Even if the Lacy is with us and he's baying. Hondo has no interest at all.

The other night, My Lacy, Hondo and I were taking care of the hogs. My Lacy was baying as normal and Hondo was walking slightly behind me, between me and the run. Our routine is, I go to the run gate and open it, my lacy goes to the gate standing next to me, baying and the hogs go to the back of the run. I pour in the corn and shut and lock the gate again. Hondo pretty much meanders around the run... checking for security breeches, I suppose.

This time, for some reason the sow charged the fence as we walked by. I wasn't ready for it and I jumped like I'd been hit by a snake. In that split second, that millisecond, Hondo caught the tip of the pig's snout through the chain link and held her.

So I had a squealing pig, a baying dog and Hondo quietly holding a death grip on the tip of the pig's nose. For what ever reason in my crazy head, I put my hand over Hondo's eyes and said, "Enough, drop it". He let go and followed me to the gate. He stood with his head between me and the gate as I poured the corn, then he turned and meandered through the pen checking for security breeches.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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LOL Hope the pig learned it's lesson.... Good for Hondo! And very humorous image.....
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I love, love, love Hondo stories! He is such a character and SUCH a good boy!!!
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"Nobody messes with my mom!"

Good boy Hondo!
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hondo is the only grown up in our family!
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hondo lays down the law!

Sounds like he delivered a measured, well-executed and quickly-delivered response while releasing the moment it wasn't needed anymore. Now thats a well-balanced and smart dog.

I bet the pig doesn't try that stunt anymore.

Thanks for sharing.
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Good boy Hondo. GOOOOOOD BOY!!!
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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WOW!!! Hondo, you're an awesome boy ... wish more dogs were like you!!!
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Great Job Hondo! Perfectly measured response.
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Awesome story, what a great boy! Good job Hondo! He was quick to assess and react with the right amount needed! I'd like to think my Jaeger would respond that way, but he might not be that calm, lol. He is my self appointed guardian, lol. Love the way you told the story!
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