Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hornswoggled

Saturday, Hubs had to work until closing, so I took Fergus for his first walk around Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site. Just after we saw the Swallow in the post below, we started down a hill, rounded a curve, and saw the hog pen. He was enjoying some new scents and walked along with his nose to the ground, sniffing every blade of grass along the way. He seemed to like the delicious stench of hogs as we walked closer and closer to the pen.
Fergus looked up briefly, and then resumed sniffing as he moseyed along. His nose was within inches of the fence (Why oh why did I not have my camera on video setting?) when a massive hog snorted a thunderous snort mere inches from a Fergus' ear.  My brave little fella let out a sound that can only be described as a scream and immediately reversed until he was back on the path. All the while he was reversing at the speed of light, he was making a strange noise, something between a squeal and a bark. I've never heard anything quite like it before. He was running backward so fast I'm sure he broke the sound barrier. I don't recall hearing the boom, but then I was laughing so hard I probably wouldn't have heard it anyway. Poor baby. I bet next time we visit he will take the long way around the hog pen.
A Fergusless view of the same fence and gate.
This fence was farther down the path. Fergus didn't get to see the sheep, they were all inside the barn for the night. Fergus is a Border Collie, supposedly a sheep herder. I wonder if he would be as afraid of sheep as he was the hog.

Linking to Good Fences

34 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that poor young boy! :)

thanks for linking in to good fences tomorrow!

Beth said...

Poor Fergus!!

Great fences! I haven't visited that area since I was in high school!

DeniseinVA said...

I'm wondering whether the poor baby will ever want to go near that hog pen. That's a great shot of him in the first shot and I love the shadows the fence makes in the last.

Tanya Breese said...

awww fergus!!

Halcyon said...

Animals can be funny sometimes. :)
Nice fence shots.

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice fence. Poor boy searching for something!

Sarah said...

Ha ha, if he's anything like my Border Collie Gus he'll give most things a wide berth - The funniest time Gus went into reverse was when he was trying to sneak upstairs (something he knows he's not allowed to do) - I caught him and just said 'Gus' - he froze and slowly slid backwards down the stairs . I was laughing so much I couldn't stay cross with him. They really are THE best dogs!

eileeninmd said...

Poor Fergus, the hog sounds must have been scary.. Funny story though..Love the photos! Have a happy day!

Jutta.K said...

Das ist ja fast so ein ähnlicher Post wie meiner :-)
Nur bei mir steht da
ein Ziegenbock !
Wenn du Lust, dann besuch mich doch mal.
Lieben Gruß aus Deutschland
Jutta
http://fotoswortlos.blogspot.de/2014/05/ausschau-nach-freiheit.html

Dicky Bird said...

Poor Fergus.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...delicious stench, huh? Hmmmm.

Cute photo of Fergus looking into some of the new territory behind the fence.

orchid Miyako said...

OMG; poor sweet Fergus; I love your beautiful green with fence. And smiled with the word "Fergusless view"♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the story about Fergus and that fence. Also the one that is casting a lovely shadow.

Debbie said...

awwww poor sweet fergus!! great captures of some pretty amazing fences!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful fence and gate! And poor little Fergus!!!!! :-(( Big meaniehead dog. (meaniehead is a new word I got from my daughter. LOL)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Great shots. Fergus is adorable; yes, a video would have been fun!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good fence fotos. I've never seen hornswoggled spelled out before. I mean, who uses that word these days? Are you showing your age there? :)

TexWisGirl said...

btw, i do love that word and still use it - yes, john, i'm showing my age, too. :)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Oh, poor Fergus! It's a funny story, though. I'll bet his nose was in 'hog heaven' - until that snort!

~Lindy

Karen said...

Oh poor Fergus! I love that rugged fence he peeked through!

Raggedy Creations said...

Oh no poor Fergus. I can just picture it as you described it.

great fence though, I like the angle cuts on the gate.

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, poor Fergus! I bet he gives that fence a wide berth from now on! I'm sure he is very thankful for fences!

Brian King said...

LOL! Poor guy! Hogs can be mean, though. I haven't heard "hornswoggled" in a long time!

Gail Dixon said...

Poor Fergus! If you get near that fence again I'm sure Fergus will be tugging to go the other way. Bless his heart!

georgettesullins said...

Bless his heart. I'm enjoying meeting your four-legged member of the family.

bailey-road.com said...

Poor Fergus!
Love the rustic looking hog pen.

Linda said...

LOL! Great dog vs. hog tale!

Karen S. said...

Oh goodness, I bet he will too! I like that fencing and especially the gate, very interesting.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Aww Fergus! I don't blame him, hogs can sometimes be pretty frightening!!! Love the wood fence and its shadow!

Stephanie said...

Poor Fergus! Love the fence shot with the rusty flap with the lock on it.

marilyn said...

Oh .. What a laugh I have had with this one ...and I understand ... I have a Shetland Sheepdog ...she would have reacted pretty much in the same way... A fun post and yes I did see the fence.

Ida said...

Oh my poor Fergus, that must have been traumatic (but also funny). Yes it was too bad you weren't on video.
Nice shots of the fence lines. That 2nd one is very pretty.

Rose said...

Oh, boy, Fergus can be glad I wasn't there...I am sitting with tears in my eyes from laughing at your description!

pattisjarrett said...

Poor Fergus! What an experience. Too bad you didn't get video of that reverse!