We may examine representative incidents by following the geographic route of European settlement, beginning in the New England colonies. There, at first, the Puritans did not regard the Indians they encountered as natural enemies, but rather as potential friends and converts. But their Christianizing efforts showed little success, and their experience with the natives gradually yielded a more hostile view. The Pequot tribe in particular, with its reputation for cruelty and ruthlessness, was feared not only by the colonists but by most other Indians in New England. In the warfare that eventually ensued, caused in part by intertribal rivalries, the Narragansett Indians became actively engaged on the Puritan side.
About six months ago I was given a large guinea sow by a friend who was getting out of the animal business. She weighs around 400 lbs and has mastitis real bad in one of her teats (about the size of a small football). She’s strong and actively gets around. She is about 4 or 5 years old and has successfully farrowed before. I treated her mastitis with 4 cc’s of penecillian on one occasion, no real change has occured. I wanted to bread her to my landrace but I’m worried that would be bad especially after reading about Patricia’s experience above. What are my options? Can a vet do surgery to fix her? Is it possible for her to have a litter in this condition with the piglets sucking on the other teats? If so I presume I’d need to bandage the infected teat so the piglets don’t try to use it and get poisened. Is trying to extend her life and utility longer just un-economical wishful thinking and I should have her butchered before she dies? Or are there other options I may consider without breaking the bank.