Campbell and the Pot-Belly-Pig

Campbell and the Pot-Belly-Pig

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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  1. Rolling on floor laughing, Patty. This was just what I needed today. Thanks.

    1. Hi Abbie.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve decided to unearth some of my older writings and post them onto the blog, and I’m going to use the ads of those who are sponsors of Tell-It-To-The-World in them. Thought it would be a good way to share my work and the work of others at the same time.

  2. Thanks for sharing this hilarious story! And for telling it so well! 🤣

    1. Hi Crystal. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

      Thanks for writing to let me know you did.

      I’ve so many wonderful memories of working Campbell. There’s no way that I’ll ever share them all.


      I’ve 20 stories that I wrote for that column and I’ve decided to unearth them and make them so I can post them onto the blog. So, there are more to come.

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    1. Thank you for re-blogging this. I appreciate it.

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