Awhile back, I mentioned that we discovered some large hoof prints in our field and we couldn’t figure out for sure what they were. People have animals in our area but all of them are well fenced. I had suspicions that we had a cow on the loose but there was no evidence beyond the prints. If you know much about cows, you know that they leave evidence.
We went up to the property both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On Saturday, we found the evidence. Only one marker turned up so I figured we had a single wild cow on the loose that was roaming the wilderness looking for greener grass to eat, living the life of a free bovine.
On Sunday morning, we pulled up and noticed a small herd of cows. So much for the single renegade cow. It was a herd that was on the loose! I figure one got loose a few weeks ago and tasted the sweet grass over our way and finally, on Sunday, convinced all of her girlfriends to bust out and enjoy a wild day away from the field…on another field. Anyhow, the group of them left many markers so I am certain that this was the first day they had all come.
We drove up slowly thinking that the girls would spook but they were calm standing under our cabin-to-be. Isaac wasn’t too interested in petting them but he was interested in figuring out how to claim them for his own. He said, “why don’t we just build a fence around them? Possession means everything, right?” I suppose we could have rustled some cattle but I don’t think it would have lasted long. Their owner came riding by on a 4-wheeler and tried to herd them home. Having no luck, she ran back home for a bucket of feed and the ladies traded their freedom for the elusive pail-of-promises.
I am sure they will always remember fondly that day they all made a break for it and lived the life of care-free cows, not a care in the world, the wind on their udders and sun on their hairy backs. Ah, yes, those were the days!