I have a soft spot for talking animal stories. Maybe one day I'll analyze that and tell you what I figure out.
In the meantime, today is the 107th birthday of Charlotte's Web author E.B. White. According to Garrison Keillor, White and his wife "eventually moved to a farmhouse in Maine, where White kept animals. He was particularly fond of his pigs and felt guilty about turning them into ham and bacon. One day, while he was walking through his orchard, carrying a pail of slop to his pig, he got an idea for a story about how a pig's life could be saved. He said, 'I had been watching a large spider in the backhouse, and what with one thing and another, the idea came to me.'"