I have a fantastic neighbor that I also consider my friend. Once a week, she picks me up and we head to the community center where you can pick up free produce.
This morning she picked me up and had another one of our neighbors in the rig with her. This other woman is not a close friend, but I know her, and attempt to get along with her. As we were headed out of our driveway, she asked the driver to stop so she could roll down the window and say something to the pig (Lucy was near the fence), so the driver did. The window went down and this woman started yelling at the pig. I said “Hey, that’s enough, what did she ever do to you?”
When we got back, we were unloading my boxes and the woman started making some weird grunting/growling noises at the pigs (from a good distance away). They looked at her as if she were crazy, and I said “You have to be nice to my pigs if you come here”. She got back in the truck and didn’t say goodbye.
This woman is in her 50’s. It’s not as if she’s a young person new to country living. They’ve lived out there for years. She’s also had to be told to quit antagonizing the dogs of the other neighbor in this story (they didn’t speak for almost a year due to it).
No matter where I live, town or country, I would never disrespect the home, children, spouse, or animals of a person whose property I was standing on. I realize the past week or so I’ve been a bit melancholy with the gray skies and cold temperatures, so I may be overreacting, but I don’t think I am. Before she insulted my pigs, she asked if she could have my antique milk cans. I said “Well, I paid $50 for them”. She said “Oh, I wouldn’t pay for them, we just turn them into stools to sit on outside.”
I am a reasonable woman. Not everyone loves farm animals, but they are MY farm animals and I won’t tolerate disrespect to them. Thankfully, these pigs aren’t the type to charge the fence at someone, but why take chance with this happening in the future with them or any other animal? As we move them into new paddocks, they will be further away from me and the house, and closer to where this particularly annoying neighbor lives and I don’t want to have to worry that she is harassing them. Ever.
Would you say anything more to this person or leave it as it is?