That summer, Arnold and Tillie got a new more spacious plastic house. As the air grew colder, Brent came out and built them a wooden floor and a door with heavy plastic flaps.
Ella and I came out one day and raked all of the old wet straw out of their house, so we could put new dry straw in its place. Arnold and Tillie were very curious about the big plastic bag full of straw. Arnold stuck his head and front legs into the bag to investigate. Then he disappeared up to his haunches into the bag.
He came out with a big mouthful of straw. He trotted over to his house, dropped the straw inside and began to rearrange. Tillie tried and tried to pick up her own mouthful of straw but she couldn’t quite get a mouthful. Arnold carried several other mouthfuls into the house and continued to arrange it to his liking.
Once the house was full of straw, I asked Ella, “Why don’t we bank some of the old straw around the bottom of the house to insulate like Pa Ingalls did in Little House on the Prairie.” So, I began to rake the hay and pile it around the side of the house. Arnold came out of the house and grabbed another mouthful of hay. But this time he didn’t go into the house. “Arnold, you missed your house!” Arnold walked right up beside of me and dropped the bundle of hay on the pile I had made, proving that not only are pigs smart, they enjoy a good literary reference! Thanks, Pa Ingalls.
*Pig Tales Part 11*