There was once an old sow who lived in a barn in New Brunswick. She gave birth to three piglets, but her boar-friend, who didn’t want to be a father, left her.
The old sow raised three sons all on her own: Big Snout, a black pig with a large nose; Curly Tail, a white pig with a long tail; and Barn Breath, a white pig with black stripes and a large mouth.
When Big Snout, Curly Tail, and Barn Breath became full-grown, they ate so much that their mother couldn’t afford to keep them anymore.
So one summer day, she opened her barn door and said, “The more I fill my fridge, the more food you eat! None of you have ever worked a day in your lives. It’s time for you to stop freeloading off me, and start earning your own money.”
The three pigs knew better than to argue with their mother. Big Snout strapped his TV to his back; Curly Tail filled a bag with barley for them to eat; Barn Breath folded up their blankets; and as they walked out the barn door, they hugged their mother and kissed her on the cheek.
“I’ll miss you, Mother,” Big Snout said with a tear in his eye. “You’ve been good to us.”
“We’ll make you proud of us, Momma,” Barn Breath said with a smile.
“Yeah, cause we’ll be rich!” Curly Tail laughed.
“Lazy pigs don’t get rich,” the old sow said sadly.
The three pigs said goodbye, and then walked to the Trans-Canada Highway, hitched a ride on a tractor-trailer truck, and travelled west to Saskatchewan.
Seeing a farmer bailing hay, they asked the truck driver to stop; then they hurried across the field to speak to the farmer.
“Please, Mr. Farmer,” Big Snout said, “We are homeless and have no money. Could you give us one hundred bales of hay? We want to build a house to give us shelter from the cold and the rain.”
The farmer frowned. “You want hay? Go get a job, and then pay me! I don’t give free handouts.”
The three pigs got down on their knees and begged, so the farmer said, “Alright, alright. You can work for me, and I’ll pay you in hay.”
For the next two weeks, the three pigs worked from sunrise until sunset, and when they were done, the farmer gave them all the hay they wanted, and they each got a bag of corn as a bonus. The pigs built a house of hay in the corner of the field; then they sat down, watched Big Snout’s TV, and ate like pigs.
“Brothers,” Big Snout said. “We must never do hard work like that again to get what we want.”
“Yeah, that was terrible,” Curly Tail groaned.
Barn Breath wiped his forehead. “We sweated like pigs!”
A few days later, a big bad wolf knocked on the pigs’ door. On the run from the police for killing three sheep, he needed a place to hide.
The wolf said, “Little piggies! Little piggies! I feel chilly. Please let me come in.”
“I’ll open the door if you give me fifty bucks,” Curly Tail promised.
The wolf slid fifty bucks under their door. Then he said, “Now please be nice pigs and let me come in.”
“No! Not by the peach fuzz on our cheeks and chins,” Barn Breath snorted.
The wolf threatened them: “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down.”
“Ha, ha,” Curly Tail snickered. “We don’t believe you.”
The wolf said, “I’ll stomp on the roof of your house.” But he didn’t. Then he said, “I’ll kick down your door.” But he didn’t do that either. He just took a deep breath and walked away.
“What a moron!” Curly Tail said, as he folded the fifty dollars and put it in his pocket.
Big Snout said, “I don’t think you should have made fun of the wolf. He might come back and try to eat us.”
But Curly Tail and Barn Breath just laughed.
Later that night, while the pigs were sleeping, there was a great rainstorm, and the house of hay collapsed.
Barn Breath shouted, “Let’s get out of here before the wolf comes back!”
And so, Big Snout strapped his TV to his back; Curly Tail picked up their bags of corn; Barn Breath folded up their blankets, and the pigs left the farm.
The three pigs hitchhiked along the highway, got a ride with a man in a van, and went west to the Rocky Mountains. Seeing a logger cutting down trees, they asked the man in the van to stop; then they hurried across the clear-cut field to speak to the logger.
“Please, Mr. Logger,” Big Snout said. “We are homeless and have very little money. Can you give us some logs and nails? We want to build a house to shield us from the cold and the rain.”
“And wolves!” Barn Breath added.
The logger thought for a moment. Then he said, “OK. You can all work for me, and I’ll pay you each one log a day.”
“But we have no logging skills!” Barn Breath yelled.
“And we might get injured!” Curly Tail cried.
Big Snout said, “Given our inability to do this kind of work, if you won’t give us logs and nails, then we’ll sit and squat.”
“And hug every tree you try to cut!” Barn Breath blurted.
The logger put his hand on his gut, let out a loud laugh, started his chainsaw, and went back to work.
But the three pigs meant what they said. They all sat and squatted, and hugged every tree the logger tried to cut.
“OK, you tree-hugging pigs!” the logger thundered. “Take all the wood you want.” And then he handed them a hammer and a box of nails. “But don’t bother me again.”
The three pigs thanked the logger, and dragged dozens of logs to a meadow where they built a house. Then they wrapped themselves in their blankets, watched Big Snout’s TV, and ate like pigs.
A few days later, the big bad wolf knocked on the pigs’ door and said, “Little piggies! Little piggies! I feel cold. Please let me come in.”
“I’ll open the door if you give me fifty bucks,” Curly Tail promised.
The wolf slid fifty bucks under their door. Then he pleaded again, “Now please be nice pigs, and let me come in.”
“No!” Barn Breath boomed. “Not by the peach fuzz on our cheeks and backs!”
The wolf threatened them: “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff. And I’ll blow your house down.”
“Ha, ha,” Curly Tail chuckled. “You’re not strong enough.”
The wolf threatened them again: “I’ll rip the roof off your house.” But he didn’t. Then he said, “I’ll set your door on fire.” But he didn’t do that either. He just breathed a heavy sigh and walked away.
Curly Tail laughed out loud and said, “What a big bluffer!” And then he folded the fifty dollars and put it in his pocket.
Big Snout said, “Brothers, you shouldn’t have made fun of the wolf. He might come back and try to eat us.”
But Barn Breath and Curly Tail just giggled.
Later that night, there was a great windstorm, and the house of logs fell down.
“This house sucks!” Barn Breath yelled. “Let’s get out of here before the wolf comes back!”
And so, Big Snout strapped his TV to his back; Curly Tail picked up their last bag of corn; Barn Breath folded up their blankets; and the pigs left the meadow.
The pigs walked until they reached the rail tracks, and jumped on board a train. When the train passed through a small town in British Columbia, the pigs jumped off the rail car, and wandered up and down the streets until they found a building supply store.
“We demand service!” Curly Tail squealed as soon as they went inside.
When the manager came to the counter, Big Snout said, “Please, Sir. We are homeless and have very little money. Can you give us some free bricks and plaster? We want to build a house to protect us from the cold and the rain.”
“And bacon eaters!” Curly Tail blurted.
“You want bricks?” the manager frowned. “You’ll have to pay, just like everyone else. We aren’t a charity.”
“I urge you to reconsider,” Big Snout said. “If you refuse to give us bricks and plaster, we’ll sit on the floor of this store.”
“And we’re dirty, stinking pigs,” Barn Breath added. “You’ll lose a lot of customers.”
The manager rolled his eyes. “Yeah, right. You don’t smell that bad.”
But the three pigs meant what they said, and they sat on the floor of the store. Big Snout made nasty noises out of his nostrils; Curly Tail wiggled his tail, let out a lot of air, and Barn Breath belched.
All day long, every customer who came in the door yelled, “Pee-yew! This place stinks!” And they ran away.
The manager was furious. “OK, you filthy pigs, I’ll give you a load of bricks and plaster. But I charge $100 for delivery.”
“That’s a deal!” Curly Tail said. And he gave the manager the money he received from the wolf.
The three pigs oinked in appreciation, and the manager delivered the bricks and plaster to the garbage dump. After the pigs built a house, they wrapped themselves in their blankets, watched Big Snout’s TV, and ate like pigs.
A few days later, the big bad wolf knocked on the pigs’ door and said, “Little pigs! Little pigs! I’m freezing. Please open your door, and let me come in.”
Barn Breath snorted, “No! Not by the peach fuzz on our cheeks and butts.”
Big Snout said softly, “Brothers, I think we should let him in.”
But Barn Breath said, “No way, brother.”
And Curl Tail agreed: “Yeah, that would be dumb.”
The wolf threatened them: “If you don’t let me in, I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down.”
“Ha, ha,” Curly Tail giggled. “You make threats, but you don’t follow through.”
“You can huff and puff all you want,” Barn Breath said. “We aren’t afraid of you!”
The wolf pounded his paws on their door, and howled, “You fat unfriendly pigs! I’ve had enough.”
“Woo-ooo!” Curly Tail yelled.
“Mr. Wolf sounds mad!” Barn Breath boomed.
The wolf said, “I killed three sheep, and I need a place to hide from the police. You take my money, but you won’t open your door for me. I’m going to destroy this house, and then I’m going to eat you!”
“Ha, ha,” Curly Tail snickered. “You can bluster all you want, but you’re full of—”
The wolf took a deep breath, and then he blew with all his might, and the house of bricks began to shake.
“Oh, no!” Curly Tail squealed.
“We’re dead meat!” Barn Breath cried.
“I told you not to make fun of him,” Big Snout sighed.
The big bad wolf continued to blow, and blow, and blow. And then, all of a sudden, the house of bricks fell down! The three pigs were out of luck.
The wolf chased after the pigs, and he ate them all up.
And do you know what? The big bad wolf wasn’t lying. He really did feel chilly. He put the brick house back together, wrapped himself in the pigs’ blankets, sat down, and watched Big Snout’s TV.