Several weeks ago, Glory Bee ended up in my neighbor Jim’s yard. I drove over there and walked her back down the road, reunited her with Dumplin (who hadn’t followed her), and put them both in the back barn yard for safekeeping. Jim helped me look over the fences in that field, which is my one field across the road. We couldn’t find anything wrong there and decided she’d gone out under the creek crossing.
Glory Bee has been pastured in that field on and off for two years and this was her first “escape” there. I figured that probably she had happened to be drinking in the creek there at the crossing and slurped her way under it without even realizing it. I kept her and Dumplin in the back barn yard for a couple weeks then put them back across the road this week. By now she would have forgotten all about the creek crossing and Jim’s yard.
I explained my reasoning to a friend, who has worked with cows all his life, and he seemed to find it amusing. I was all, like, huffy about that! He clearly didn’t understand my cow, who is the most wonderful cow in the whole world. Apparently, despite owning hundreds of cows over the course of decades, he’s never had a PERFECT one like Glory Bee. And yes, Glory Bee may have been a bad baby at one time, but she’s all grown up now and very well behaved or mostly. Especially compared to Dumplin.
And so, of course, my friend got a big kick out of it when I called him today to tell him that I’d just gotten done walking Glory Bee and Dumplin back down the road from Jim’s house after they went under the creek crossing.
And I really hope, while they’re in the barn yard again until the creek crossing can be reinforced, that they’re thinking about their behavior!
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