They had run into the Javelina gang!!!
DOD said there were at least eight Javelina in the gang and that the big gang leader had mean looking, razor-sharp tusks. The pigs were staked out just a few yards up the road from our house and heading toward DOD and Lacey! It was like a scene from a movie.....brave lone man and faithful dog up against a vicious and armed street-smart gang. Well faithful Lacey sized up the situation FAST and turned around and raced like a bat out of you-know-what straight for home. DOD was right behind her. They almost tore the garden gate off in their rush to get in and slammed it shut behind them. Safe!
The Gang continued to make rude noises and hung around threatening for a while.... then they slowly plodded down the street to their hide-out (which I sincerely hope will remain hidden. It is not something I would like to stumble across any time of the day or night).
Now that they know where we live Mom thinks it better that we never go out after dark again. Lacey agrees with her. This is wild country.