A low growl emanated from a cluster of wild hogs backed into a circle, butt-to-butt, facing six dogs that had found them napping on a cold January morning. The dogs cautiously stood their ground, trying to determine which hog was most vulnerable; the hogs calculated their best escape plan, ready to do battle if it came to that.
A fog of hot breath filled the air as Borden's Todd Dillon raised a handgun skyward and quickly warned, "Our dogs are gun shy, so when I pull this trigger, there's going to be hogs and dogs going everywhere. If we're lucky, the dogs will pin one hog down in the process."
With the report of the handgun, hogs and dogs did, indeed, go everywhere, along with mud, dried leaves and even full-grown shrubs. A few big boars of 350-plus pounds with long, sharp tusks were in the group. The dogs, most of which were 25- to 40-pound Catahoula curs, knew better than to attack any of those beasts individually, but as one of the smaller hogs slipped in the mud, two of the dogs shook off the shock of the gunshot and teamed up on the swine.