Three Hog Night

I haven’t found solid information on the origins the phrase “three dog night”, but it purportedly describes a night so cold one needs to sleep with three dogs to stay warm.  Pigs employ a similar strategy, only they don’t stop at three.  They pile on (hence another common porcine idiom, the football phrase “pig pile”) as many pigs as are available.

Spring hasn’t been very effective this year.  Night time temperatures are still around five degrees and the wind has been sharp.  The pigs have the right strategy:  find a buddy (or a dozen buddies) and conserve heat.  The forecasters say we might go above freezing tomorrow.  Sounds good to us…

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