Bacon lovers need not apply

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - Their names are Fred and Dash, and believe it or not they used to be small.

"I knew when they brought them home they were gonna be big," said Alaina Paul. "I [was] thinkin', 'what are you thinkin'?'"

Family Pets for the past three years, has helped care for her two favorite feral hogs whose future is now uncertain. Divorcing her husband in December meant she was left to care for the animals, a task, like her pigs, that's hardly small.

"Yeah, my husband left and left me with these guys," said Paul. "[I] feed them and try to keep them in the pen."

Unable to maintain their pen, what used to be her husband's job, Paul said she just wants to keep her two babies from becoming dinner."

"I need to have them go to a good home," she said. "I don't think they deserve to be supper because they're good pets."

Now, ordinarily you would want to keep your distance from a feral hog but Fred and Dash are two exceptions. Don't judge a book by its cover, they were actually pretty friendly. They even ate right out of my hand.

Going through a bag and a half of corn a week, Paul keeps Fred and Dash filled up sometimes treating them to their favorite.

They are living the carefree life as only a feral hog can. Paul wants to make sure Fred and Dash find a good home, something she says they deserve.

"They didn't do nothing wrong it's not their fault they're good guys."

Paul doesn't know how much longer she'll be able to take care of Fred and Dash, but says they're a package deal. If you are interested in adopting the hogs send us an email to