holy crap, when ellie plays...RUN! tyra did just that, she took one look at the pig in play mode and ran right back up to wait by the dog yard gate. there is nothing stupid about tyra at all. lexie got knocked down twice and then bless her heart she quite clearly told ellie to "f" off. which ellie did. dexter bit the dust once and phoebe got chased for a bit but she can run faster than ellie. i am covered with mud from ellie's joyous fun but i will give her credit she tried to go "softly" when i asked, but i think softly is different for a 300 pound baby pig then it is for a human. but i know she did try and actually did really good because if she hadn't, i would have been down in the mud pretty quick too.
so here is the thing with ellie now everyone...i was kidding about the running. we don't want her to learn that humans are afraid of her when she acts like that because she will just start to push us around. we want to be clear and consistent with her and teach her the very same thing from us all. the new magic words for ellie are..."go softly" and "don't bump me" with lots of pets and hugs and "good girl" when she tries to be gentle (which is hard for a happy really big baby pig.)