Springtime in the country
Posted 07 April 2008 - 01:21 PM
I went out to attempt a walk awhile ago and when I managed to hobble up to the top of the hill, I was met by the above-mentioned calf who was out taking his own stroll. I knew our neighbor up there had a bunch of heifers drop a new crop just a couple of weeks ago and from the frantic bawling of one of the mamas, I figured that this baby was hers. For those who haven't been up close and personal to calves before, keep in mind that even at a couple of weeks old, this wee one already rivals an English Mastiff in height and weight so it's not like you can scoop 'em up like a stray kitten Fortunately (or un), he was not at all skittish or shy and strolled right up to me with this "Hiya! Wanna be my buddy?" attitude and just about knocked me on my backside when he butted up against me.
I figure that crippled up woman falling down on asphalt at the feet of an overly-friendly bull calf was not an ideal scenario so I tried to put a wee bit of distance between him and me while trying to call my neighbor on the cell. Neighbor wasn't answering so I thought that maybe if I walked to the gate, the calf would follow and I could shoo him back in. He followed on my heels just fine (note........overly-friendly calf slobbering down your back is not my idea of fun) but when I started to open the gate, he backed off and gave me an all-too human look that loudly and clearly said "YUUU UHHHH!" Okkkk.....time for plan B, which involved walking back across the road down to the landlord's house, hoping he'd put the wanderer up until the owner came back home. So down the road I hobble, slobbering, overly-friendly calf at the heel, only to see that there apparently was no one home there either.
The only alternative plan I had was to go on back to the house, hoping that the little one would find his own way back into the pasture, which I wasn't really gung-ho on because there was a chance that he'd wander out in front of a car but really fearing that he would follow me home like a stray puppy and me having to explain to MH that honest to God, he DID follow me home With that in mind, I made one last attempt to get him back where he belonged and this time, with my leading the way in, he went in with a big show of reluctance and another all-too human pout beore gamboling off to his mama, who, no doubt, was prepared to give him a not-to-soon-to-be-forgotten lecture as soon as she checked him over to see if he was indeed OK.
Country living at it's finest
Posted 07 April 2008 - 01:40 PM
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 02:32 PM
Size Does Matter
Posted 07 April 2008 - 02:42 PM
Posted 07 April 2008 - 02:53 PM
Oh Little Sister ~ come out to the boondocks and you'll swear that you've landed in the middle of an episode of Wildlife Chronicles Forget city life ~ we have plenty of adventure out here!
Posted 07 April 2008 - 04:51 PM
I just have one thing to say...cheeeeessseeeebbbbuuuurrrrrgggggeeeerrrrrrrrrr!!!
You two are just soooo cute!!!
:giving husband THE LOOK:
Posted 07 April 2008 - 06:21 PM
Posted 07 April 2008 - 09:14 PM
cute isn't my intention when I give him THE LOOK.........spontanious human combustion, abject terror, assuming the prostrate position while chanting wearenotworthywearenotworthy ~ now something like THAT would be the ticket.......
Great story. Things like this can happen in the city too. It's rare, but with my bizarre luck it can happen. I was attacked by a donkey once smack in the middle of downtown Cincinnati.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 11:01 PM
Posted 08 April 2008 - 12:00 AM
That wouldn't be me though. I have a beef allergy, and that's why I hang around with these beautiful, regal, Nubian dairy goats.
You're a brave woman frither!
Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:46 PM
I agree ~ Nubians are beautiful and regal
Calves are very much like little kids ~ they are curious and playful and like oversized puppies, they have no concept of their size and how they can knock you flat with one snuggle.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:49 PM
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