I have read the maritime themed books that R.E. McDermott has published and enjoyed them all. I have always thought that he missed his true calling as an author.
This very short story is a previously written saga that the author massaged and published. It is about an 11 year old boy that lives in cattle country. He really wanted to have a cow or steer to be like the boys he knows. Unfortunately, they do not have room to corral a cow. So, he ends up with a pig - imagine the feelings of the poor boy. However, the author writes a cute and humorous story of that boy who is probably reminiscent of his childhood.