Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Little Bobo

A few years back, we had a cold, wet spring. One morning, in a raging blizzard, the cowboy went out to check cows and discovered that one of our cows had calved. The poor calf was lying in a snowbank, half frozen. So the cowboy did the sensible thing – he scooped up the calf and brought it to the house! My fairly new, recently spotless dining room became a nursery.
We cleaned the calf and piled blankets on him and set him over the heat register. The poor little thing laid there, hardly moving, while we worked on him. He finally started to shiver, which is a good sign, then to move a little. Pretty soon he was lying up, rather than flat out on the floor.






The weather cleared up and the sun started to shine and before too long it had warmed up considerably outside. Little Bobo took notice of this and decided it was time he stood up. Well, linoleum isn’t the best thing underfoot for a newborn calf to learn to stand on.

Remember Bambi on the frozen pond? Little Bobo made Bambi look graceful.


Eventually we got Bobo onto the rug in front of the door and with a little assistance; it wasn’t long before he was proudly on his feet.
Soon after that, we took him out and reunited him with his distraught mother, made sure he got a drink of milk, then let nature take it’s course.





Just another day on the ranch.

9 comments:

Reb said...

Awww...poor Bobo. Aren't you glad you floor is lino and not hardwood or marble? Great Photos and cute calf.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, yes, very glad it wasn't hardwood. It was hard enough to get that really sticky stuff off the lino! You have no idea.

bunnygirl said...

Cute pics! Makes me almost want a housecalf of my very own!

Almost.

Leah J.Utas said...

What a sweet, lovely story. Good pics, too.
Bobo looked quite alert there. I wonder what he told the rest of the herd about his adventures indoors.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Very sweet pictures!

And Bunnygirl, I think you're onto something with the "housecalf" concept. For all the people who think pet potbellied pigs are so "last year."

the Bag Lady said...

Bobo was really cute, wasn't he? But the house-breaking might be a bitch.

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah, he probably told them to run if they saw us coming!! In fact, that's probably exactly true, 'cause they usually did.

Hilary said...

Aww too cute! I'm glad we're having chicken tonight...

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag lady,

Adorable and a great story.

Terrie