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Goose Chase 
Aug. 3, 2012 7:43 am 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2012 5:09 pm

It's finally gotten hot here. I can't let Em and Sushi stay in the pasture Em has been living in, because the leppie calves out there keep trying to sneak up and nurse on her. That's what killed DollyMoo, was everyone nursing on her and it threw her into ketosis. The horses have the enormous pasture to the South, but I'm a little worried about mornings when they come in for supplements, that Mister might get  food aggressive around Em, so I need to just keep them separated. The horses tend to stand by the water trough in the dry corral all day anyway, so I decided to kick Em and Sushi out during the day where she can graze and have lots of cool shade and grass to lay in, then fill her up with alfalfa at night when I milk and kick the horses out for the evening. That was the plan at least. You know what they say about making God laugh...just tell him your plans.

Em decided NOT to come in last nite. We went a-hunting, but my leg became so painful I couldn't get past the end of the lane so Randy and the Maremmas scouted around the pasture and came back alone with this information.
"She's not coming, she has already set up housekeeping in the willows."

Yup. She has a nice little clubhouse going out there in the shade that is just dandy. Every mama cow's dream. I figured she'd be in this morning, but nope.

Late this morning I decided to go see if she needed milking. I grabbed my camera and headed to her 'clubhouse'. Once i found her, I stuttered, "Wh...what did you do with Sushi??"

Emma was laying there all alone. I pulled on her halter and told her to take me to Sushi.
She obediently got to her feet, and headed out the backside of her clubhouse, through the willows. For the next 35 minutes, I hiked, crawled and drug myself through heavy brush, willows, down and up embankments, across creeks and over rocks.

 Em would go ahead about 20 ft and stop and see if I was still coming. I followed and followed, tripping, stumbling and crawling until we got to a fenced in corner and she stood looking out over the ranch. At that point, I looked at her bag, which was not overly tight, so clearly Sushi had nursed sometime in the past few hours. The Maremmas had only been in the house for a short time so I determined that Emma was messing with me, because nothing could have nabbed Sushi in the short time the dogs had been absent so I headed back to the house, grumbling and complaining. I finally made it back almost to Emma's clubhouse and a buck deer was sneaking across the pasture. It spotted me and began to speed up, then suddenly jumped to the side. I got suspicious so I headed over to the tall grass where it had deviated course. Sure enough, hiding in the tall grass like a good, obedient little bovine child was Sushi.

I knelt down and petted her and she remained absolutely still. I headed home leaving Emma back in the South 40 somewhere.

I took a painpill, cooled off a bit and headed back out to the pasture with the dogs in tow. Emma was under the apricot tree, munching on whatever she could reach. We headed across the pasture towards Sushi's hiding spot but Em ignored us and headed toward the corrals, hoping for handouts. She found the gate locked.

She finally turned around and headed our way. We were all surrounding Sushi, who had not moved, even with the dogs licking and sniffing her.

Em got within about 10 feet, looked around in the grass and acted as if she'd lost her. She moo'ed and Sushi jumped up and ran to her. She might not be able to remember where she left her baby, but she has her well trained!
Aug. 3, 2012 9:44 am
OMGarsh, petey! There is nothing like losing a baby to make your heart drop! I'm glad the deer found her (=
Aug. 3, 2012 9:50 am
The good news is, Emma always knew where she was. She just thought she'd mess with me. Baby cows are amazingly obedient about staying exactly where they last saw their mama's until they come back, and often in a herd, the cows will babysit for one another.
Aug. 3, 2012 9:56 am
I've often said that I need a "wife" - but, boy! for many years, I sure coulda used a herd! (=
Aug. 3, 2012 10:30 am
Aug. 3, 2012 10:35 am
I just enthusiastically read this blog, racing through the pictures to find the calf! Have you written a book? If not, you should seriously consider putting what I find now are a series of wonderful stories, into one. Do you have any idea how fascinating all you write is to a suburb gal like me? You have a wonderful way with words, and I'll take my time and savor each of the blogs you have previously written. Thank you.
Aug. 3, 2012 10:40 am
Another story to win my heart, petey. I do love reading about your critters. :)
Aug. 3, 2012 11:31 am
LOL! I figured Em was shining you on. Cows are funny "people"! You know, maybe Barb has something there. What we need is a herd to help us out :)
Aug. 3, 2012 11:31 am
Thank you sweet cook, you are very kind :) and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, It is much appreciated !
Aug. 3, 2012 11:32 am
thanks lucylove, cat hill! Cows are very nice people :)
Aug. 3, 2012 11:32 am
Petey, I'm sorry to hear you're in pain. I can somewhat relate with my knees at times. Relieved to hear that you found Sushi though. Take good care of you. The pics were great as usual. Thanks for brightening my day.
Aug. 3, 2012 3:28 pm
It is funny that cows have a sense of humor! Shame on Em for pulling your leg!
Aug. 3, 2012 3:34 pm
Human children should be as obedient as bovines. You take care of yourself too.
Aug. 3, 2012 3:41 pm
Wouldn't it be great if human babies would stay where their Mama's put them. I just KNEW Em was messing with you all along! The photos are great. I love your stories of life on the farm and all escapates of the critters. Thanks Petey.
Aug. 3, 2012 3:42 pm
the *escapades* (sp) geesh!
Aug. 3, 2012 3:58 pm
Well, I found that when human babies are small enough, they DO tend to stay where you leave least that was my experience LOL!
Aug. 3, 2012 8:33 pm
So glad Sushi is OK.
Aug. 3, 2012 8:34 pm
So glad Sushi is OK.
Aug. 4, 2012 3:29 am
Just a "P.S." - This particular story of the lost calf, complete with 3 or 4 of the pictures,(love the one of the calf hiding in the grass), would make a wonderful children's book.
Aug. 4, 2012 6:23 am
Very glad you animals are ok, you have such a talent relating your stories,i think you should write a book.
Aug. 4, 2012 7:12 am
thank you, manella, mai and sweetcook :)
Aug. 6, 2012 3:52 pm
The screaming requests for a petey book are getting louder and louder! You KNOW how much I want to read a book by you and I dearly hope that someday this idea will come to fruition. I'll be first in line for a signed copy :) Thank goodness you located Sushi, even though Em knew all along where she was. I know you're just like me and would have panicked until you knew for sure where that precious little creature had disappeared to. I'm surprised you had the wherewithal to snap photos of the wild goose chase!
Aug. 7, 2012 10:27 am
sweet cook is right, your story would make a charming children's story! My 4 children love true-to-life farm stories but they're pretty hard to come by.
J. Dub 
Aug. 7, 2012 11:42 am
Sushi is so stinkin cute! What a good little cow baby too! ;)
Aug. 7, 2012 1:46 pm
I was getting nervous following Emma's bag over hill and dale. I was afraid there might be bad news when you found the calf. Thanks goodness all's well that ends well! And again....since the subject has come up, a book filled with your wonderful stories and photos would be a joy to treasure. You surely do have that special gift, Kim!
Aug. 7, 2012 7:34 pm
Whew! I was a bit nervous there for a moment! But, good news was had and we are happy for that. Too sweet that the little one is so good to stay put. Sweet story and we thank you for sharing,,,,, but, I will say again, for about the 30th time I believe, a book of your adventures, along w/ the photos, would definitely be a best seller. Guess we will just continue to remind you of that fact!! Great blog... always look forward to them.
Aug. 7, 2012 8:52 pm
Thanks guys...I would love to do a book, but I haven't really got a clue how to do that. I've done lots of writing and lots of pics but getting it to the right people is a bit more complicated :)
Aug. 8, 2012 4:51 am
I would think geting a list of publishers that accept work from first time writers, and the type of material each publish, would be the first step. Googling possibly might give you the name of such a book, or your library, or Amazon or B&N (book store). Or even "writing" magazines that may offer lists of publishers and what type of material each house looks for. Once you find the right publisher(s) for your type of stories, then you could get in touch with them to find out their specifications as to how the material is to be submitted for consideration. Also consider magazines that publish and pay for stories, specific to their areas of interest, i.e. animal, ranching, western, lifestyle. Just a little brainstorming on my part - it's only 7:45 a.m. here so I'm not really on top of things, but might be a couple of ideas that would get you started. I'm sure others will have suggestions to get you putting one foot in front of the other in this pursuit too. We enjoy your blog, but you really have so much talent, it should be shared with a larger audience.
Aug. 8, 2012 6:55 am
As always, I love you blog. :) Thank you for sharing with us.
Aug. 8, 2012 8:11 am
Beautiful story!
Aug. 8, 2012 5:19 pm
Best story I have read in a while! I was cooking dinner a few minutes ago, singing the "Archer Farm" section of "Texas Trilogy" (by Steven Fromholz) while I cooked. (The chorus goes: "...and, cattle is their game. And Archer is the name they give to the acres that they own. And if the Brazos don't run dry and the newborn calves don't die, another year for Mary will have flown. Another year for Mary will have flown." (I can't get through that song without choking up!) When I turned off the stove and got back to my computer, I clicked on your post since it was called "Goose Chase" and my husband had brought home a frozen goose the other day! I still have tears in my eyes. Thank you for your warm-hearted story!
Aug. 8, 2012 6:04 pm
Try the publishing company, Scholastic. They have a built-in audience (school kids and their parents who buy books from those fliers their teachers send home). It worked for J.K. Rowling! Another thing to do is look on different popular children's authors' pages on Most of them have contact information or message boards where you could ask them directly for their advice. In fact, I think Amazon has a publishing link of its own.
Aug. 8, 2012 8:29 pm
really? I will definitely look into that jilkat25, thank you so much for the tips!
Aug. 9, 2012 2:17 pm
Hi petey! You and Lady Sparkle were lovingly talked about at our SoCal "fieldtrip" to the Orange County Fair yesterday. We all realize your incredible talents and appreciate your sharing with us. Baking Nana has some pictures that she'll be sending that we think you'll love! BTW, the answer to my floating fruit problem is....I didn't pack the fruit tight enough. Be well, dear petey!
Aug. 10, 2012 4:50 pm
That's to cute! Sushi's a cutie.:)
Aug. 14, 2012 5:58 am
like Ricky answered I didn't know that anyone able to make $4435 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this page NuttyRich.c0m
Aug. 15, 2012 10:20 am
Yes - a perfect children's story book is written in this blog! do it!
Aug. 16, 2012 5:09 pm
Agree with Sweet Cook, you need to write a book. Stories about farm life are so fun, look at All Creatures Great and Small, it was a great book and a fantastic series about vets in the British countryside. I too love your posts.. can you tell?
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