Heaven is one cow richer

A quick post as I try to hunker down and concentrate on bookwork.  It’s been a tough morning. Really tough.

I FB’d last night that things had taken a turn for the worse with our wonderful old cow.  For the second time this week, the heavens opened and despite my attempts to rig up a tarp over her to keep her dry-ish (nicknamed the Bay Lulic Private hospital) I found her (at a midnight check) uncomfortable and clearing breathing with difficulty.

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After feeding her (voracious) calf, I tried to make her more comfortable but she seemed to have lost interest in drinking or eating. And if you know our old cow, you know how shocking that last part is.  She loved her tucker. (Like mother, like daughter!)  I dosed her up with antibiotics and prayed for another rally from our old one-eyed trooper.

It didn’t happen. I just couldn’t see her in distress any more today. So I asked a neighbour to help send our darling girl to a better place.

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Heaven is a lot richer this afternoon.

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And she is in distress no more.

Of course, she will live on through this little moppet.

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Bay Leaf.

Gotta go now.

Something in my eye…

And a poddy to feed.

29 Responses to “Heaven is one cow richer”

  1. I’m so sorry BB. You did everything you could and then some. She got time to be with her last calf. She will live on in that calf. May she rest in peace.
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  2. Oh shit. Now you made me cry. I’m so sorry that she has gone – what a wonderful soul she was. How gorgeous is that little Bay Leaf? She has big hooves to fill.

  3. My sympathy, BB and your family-Saying good-bye can be so painful. She is in distress no more, yeah, that’s what I‘ll keep telling myself. Sending hug and hot cocoa.

  4. Aaaw,crap, BB, sorry to hear the sad news.

    :-(
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  5. Aw, I’m sorry. This is real life in the bush, not a fairy tale. So sad…but she did leave that lovely little baby behind. What a sweetheart. You’re going to miss her, for sure.
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  6. And now I’m howling with you xxx
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  7. That is really sad news – the old girl was really part of your family.
    Just give her a Roman/Greek warrior burial – standing up. They did that for their warrior horses, still done today in Australia – Mummify and Super Impose.
    Please keep the “unexpected” heifer as a reminder – OK ? – and keep readers up to date with progress.
    Colin

  8. I agree… Please keep Bay Leaf.

    I know it’s just all part of life but man, it sucks at times. I’m off to wipe those wretched tears from my eyes but first, here’s a (((hug))) for you and yours.
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  9. I knew this was coming. Thankfully you did not make it melodramatic. Memories can be defective, but I can’t recall seeing any cows out to old age. Hang on, I can. Daisy.
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  10. So sorry BB for the loss of your dear old girl. Not many would have tried as hard as you did and do what you did for her. A grand effort indeed and then mercy for her suffering. It is so special she left you a gorgeous legacy
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  11. Ah, spit. I had an notion it would go this way. The longer that she stayed down, the more afraid I was that the chapter would end just as it has. The world has lost a good mama, and heaven knows, this world can use a lot more good mamas (of any species). You did the best you could for the dear thing, and in the end, you took a deep breath and did the only thing left to be done for her. Hope the children are okay.
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  12. PS Jayne? Pass the tissues this way.
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  13. I am so sorry! At least Bay Lulic had a chance (well, it MIGHT have been her first) to have her own calf to inherit her big heart. Now you’re going to have to take Bay Leaf into the house to feed her, give her a bed for naptime, and later on keys to the car!

    • LOL. Nancy is right. After all the calves that Bay Lulic has taken in and raised like her own, well, the least you can do for her calf is take her in and raise her like one of your own.
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  14. I’m so sorry to hear it, but glad she’s no longer suffering. Wish I could help with that calf.
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  15. I’m crying at work :( Well she is no longer suffering and in the big pasture in the sky. Getting chased by young “horny” bulls.

  16. I am so sorry I know how hard this is. Yes I like that saying “Heaven is one cow richer”.
    I will think of that now when the inevitable happens around here.
    Her calf is a beauty and I am sorry for all your efforts to not work. You did all you could. I understand. Take care. B
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  17. So sorry. She left quite a legacy.
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  18. Wiping the tears from my eyes too. I am feeding 2 poddies at the moment and last night the little heifer wasn’t keen to suck. I was reluctant to go over to the shed this morning dreading that she was going down hill. She stood up and drank her whole bottle , relief! The down side to living on the land hey.

    • Oh I KNOW Barb!!
      Makes me sick in the stomach when they go off their tucker…Bay Leaf is eating well (touch wood) and taking over the houseyard as we speak.
      :-)
      BB

  19. I feel your pain. We have lost seven of our herd this past week and a half, and it pains us with every one of them. Lots of love to you and yours at this difficult time. xoxo
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  20. I’m so sorry! They do worm their way into our hearts, don’t they? I know you’ll miss her, but her legacy lives on Bay Leaf who I’m sure will be loved just as much.

    HUGE hugs to you.

  21. Tears from me this morning, shed for you and yours as I read your post. Sending virtual hugs to you all. She will live on everyday as you see glimpes of her in the boisterous Bay Leaf. :)

  22. So sorry BB.
    Have been thinking of your old trooper as I feed my old milker morning and night. It is wonderful that you got a heifer from her … another lesson for your youngsters about the cycle of life, not always easy.
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  23. My heart goes out to you and the family of Granite Glen. Such a day… May Bay Leaf bring lots of joy and good memories to the farm for many many years.

  24. Theresa in Alberta Reply October 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    OH! The circle of life really hurts sometimes eh!

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