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Herding Cats
November 19, 2014, 8:34 pm
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Ugly, helps bring the cows in

Ugly, helps bring the cows in

November 19, 2014

Every night when I bring the cows up, the cats come along too. It started by walking the dogs down the lane. The cats wanted to go. So, now every night, when I head down the lane, two dogs and two cats help bring the cows to the barn. Herding cats is like trying to nail Jello to the wall, but a cat that herds cattle…priceless!

Tonight as I went to bring the cattle in, my gang of herders trailed with me. I got to the gate, called the cows and everyone headed to the barn quickly. Everyone that is, except the new gray, white-faced calf. Her momma took off with the rest of the herd, but she stayed put. My trusty companion Cinch, the border collie, laid down right at the gate. The little calf would not go near the “wolf”.

I tried to convince Cinch to come with me. He dutifully did just that…scaring the crap out of the calf, literally and figuratively 😮 The little calf ran for the thorn apple thicket. We coaxed her out and to the gate twice. Every time we got near the gate, Cinch would lay in the opening and the little calf would hightail it back to the thicket. Darkness was closing in and I am not the running cow herder I once was… So a new plan was hatched.

Cinch, the cat and I went to the barn to get the cows. I named the little calf “Shirley” .. for surely you have got to be kidding me! The calf’s mom and the rest of the herd went back to the field. Mom and baby had a great reunion. Mom was much more interested in grain just moments ago, but now her baby was her only focus. The gang reunited, I marched them all back to the barn again. The three little calves led the way. Cinch the cat and I brought up the rear.


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Imagine that! Cats rule and dogs drool 🙂 Shaka the cow herder! Case will love it!

Comment by Charlie

I once met a couple of cats that were addicted to car travel, they would stick their heads out of the back window and gulp air and fart merrily just like dogs; we thought they had been dogs in a previous life!

Comment by jennyrecorder

LOL perhaps your cats were old men in a former life!

Comment by ricelandmeadows

(Case wasn’t thrilled you called her “ugly”) but she loved reading the post & was super excited she still hasn’t been stepped on!

Comment by Charlie

**correction…called the cat ugly**

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