The following story was originally written for a column called Campbell’s Calamities and was published in an online magazine called Really Good Quotes.
Had I not witnessed this firsthand I’d have never believed it.
I hope you enjoy.
Campbell and the Pot-bellied Pig
by Patty L. Fletcher
July 1, 2014
One afternoon, as Campbell my®Seeing Eye Guide Dog, and I sat in the waiting room at the vet’s office waiting for our ride home, a man entered the front door with a small pet in his arms. Campbell took some notice of it, but honestly, he just raised his head and gave a good sniff, so I didn’t worry about it too much.
After the man finished signing in, he came back to the bench where Campbell and I were sitting and asked, “May I sit down?”
I said, “Sure, go right ahead.” I figured he had a small pup or something with him. Campbell, being the curious sort and being quite young yet, sprang up and began to sniff the small critter.
Before I could move to correct my dog, the little critter raised its head and said, “Snort! Snort!”
Campbell backed up, and I mean way up! He said, “Aurhrhrhrh? Aurhrhrhrhrh? Uhm, what are you? Are you a dog?”
The pig snorted in return, as if to say, “What’s wrong with you, dog? Haven’t you ever seen a baby pot-bellied pig before? Seriously, dude?”
Campbell said, “Aurhrhrh? Aurhrhrhrh? Uhm, that’s okay, dude. I don’t need to lie at Mom’s feet by that bench after all. It’s all yours!” He scooted back even farther, as far back as he could go, and then crouched down in the corner. As he did, he was still saying, “Aurhrhrh? Aurhrhrhrh? What the heck are you?”
The pig snorted in return, as if saying, “Come on and take a good sniff, dog.”
The owner of the pig and I were laughing fairly hysterically by now, and so was everyone else around us. As I said, I would not have believed it had I not seen and experienced it for myself.
Soon our van was there, and it was time to go. Campbell did not hesitate or disobey in any way when I stood up and said, “Campbell! Forward! Outside!” I waved goodbye as we made our way to and then out the door. Campbell did not slow down until he and I reached the safety of the inside of the van. I don’t think he truly relaxed until both of us were safely tucked back inside our house later that afternoon.
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