The Farmer's Rottie

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  1. bogolove

    bogolove New Member

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    Really this is just another Brady story. I took Brady over to Jenny's yesterday so they could get in some good playing time before the rain started today. I called after about an hour and a half and Liz said they were still playing and running and had not even come up to the door to ask to be let in, so I said he could stay as long as she wanted, and she said that was fine and she would call me when they were tired.

    Hubby and I ended up going to the mall for a while and eventually after we got back Liz called and said they were done and lying on the patio (they had been together for over 4 hours!) So I walked up towards their house and I hear all this crazy barking coming from Liz's backyard. Now in our neighborhood, both my backyard and Liz's backyard backs up to a cow pasture behind a farmer's house. We both have privacy fences but mine is privacy all the way through the back whereas on Liz's she just connected her privacy fence to the farmer's wire fence since it is on their property by a few inches. So Jenny can see the cows every day and what is all back there, but Brady can't see that stuff because of our privacy fence, but he can hear them.

    So I get into Liz's house and go into the backyard and the farmer's rottie is at the fence on the other side. The three dogs are just standing in each other's faces barking. It sounded almost like a dog fight from the road, but when I got back I could see the Rottie was upset because he wanted in the fence to play and there was no way for him to get there. Now Brady was a little agitated by this Rottie, I could tell because he had this highpitched frustrated bark. I think Brady liked him ok, I just think he was unnerved because he had HIS three girls with him, and he had just spent four hours marking Jenny's yard as his territory and this male Rottie comes in wanting to play. Brady is fine with male dogs, but then again he has never been around another male when he was with Jenny, and that is his girl. I felt bad for the dog because he kept crying when Brady and Jenny would run off and play tug with their stick like he wanted to join in.

    And you know what happens a lot, Brady stares out the computer room window and growls which is the only window that faces the cow pasture and it is a second story window so he can see everything. I wonder if he can see that dog somewhere.

    Not to get off the subject of this particular story but you should have seen Brady the first time he saw a horse back in that pasture. It was at Jenny's of course because that is the only way he can see back there. He was at the back of the fence and the horse walked by and he stood alert all of the sudden with his ears tucked back and then he RAN behind me and Liz like a little frightened puppy. This was only a couple of months ago. Of course, now he has seen it many times, so he is ok, but that first time was so funny.
     
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    He is at the back window right now going crazy and I had to look really good to see and then I saw a mom and a baby cow at the back of the fence under the trees in the rain eating some grass. Why is he so excited over some cows?
     
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    I know I'd be excited to see cows out the window too. My 8 year old rottie passed away in Nov. they can be such wonderful pets ;)
     
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    If, as we suspect, there's some Anatolian Shepherd in Brady, he may be having some shepherding instincts trying to kick in somewhere; he's about the right age now. Just keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn't get any bright ideas - herding someone else's cows is a good way for a dog to get shot. Farmer's don't typically make any distinction between a strange dog herding and chasing. It's all the same to them . . . :eek: If he looks too interested in the cows, or horse for that matter, just distract him and give him the idea that they aren't anything he needs to be concerned about.

    I'll bet that poor Rottie did want to join in the games. They can be very sociable, fun loving critters sometimes.
     
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    Well, hopefully Brady can't ever get to them (knock on wood somewhere) because he would have two fences to get through. He can't see them when he is outside, only when he is in this computer room. That is the only time I have ever noticed him notice them. Sometimes you can hear them giving birth outside (boy are they loud) and he perks his ears up at that also. But other than that I have not noticed him take any interest thus far. He does herd me quite a bit though, he is right at that leg with every turn I make, and we have bumped into one another more times than I could count. The cows usually stay towards the front of the pasture too, so hopefully he never gets any bright ideas.
     
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    Yep, sounds like Brady's doing a real job of herding you, lol! Kharma, liking a challenge, has decided she likes to herd Shiva.

    That's interesting that the cows are noisy when they are birthing. Ours are very quiet - I can only suppose because they know coyotes may be nearby in the woods. We almost lost the calf that is now our second bull, Lucky, to coyotes when he was being born. His mother just didn't look right when we went out to check the cows that evening, and we found him, weak and huddled in a ball, unable to stand up. There were teeth marks on his little hooves. Evidently the coyotes had been at her while she was having him and she got up and moved close to the herd for protection. We carried him down close to the house and had to bottle feed him for awhile. He's grown into a gorgeous, Black Angus bull now. And he is instantly alert if he hears any howling!
     
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    Well, to be honest, I have only heard one time where it was really loud and it went on all day. That was another day where Brady was over at Jenny's. It started early in the morning and the poor cow sounded like she was in agony and it went on well into the evening. I have heard some others before but maybe they were mating (are they loud when they mate?). See I know nothing about cows and bulls. My aunt and uncle have a lot of them, but I have never really asked about them.
     
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    If she was bawling that long and still in labor the calf was probably turned wrong and she needed some assistance. You can lose a cow and calf that way. The bulls can get loud, arguing with each other when there's a cow to be serviced. I just love hearing OJ; he talks to himself all the time. You can tell what kind of "mood" he's in by the noises he makes. When he's happy, he makes a funny, melodic sing-song noise as he walks. He's such a character, lol.
     
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    Do you have just one bull or more?
     
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    We've got two, OJ and Lucky. We've got enough cows that one bull couldn't do all the work, lol! Even the most enthusiastic bull needs a break now and then.
     
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    Renee, I know how lucky Lucky is after reading how you rescued him!
     
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    I didn't know you rescued Lucky. Do you mind re-telling the story?
     
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    LOL! It's in post #6 on this thread. His mother really did the biggest part of rescuing him, getting up in the middle of having him and walking down to the rest of the herd for protection. We just got him up and going again and kept milk in him long enough for his mother to get some strength back and have her milk come down. They usually eat the afterbirth, or at least part of it, not only to discourage predators, but there are hormones in it that help trigger the milk. We had to give Lucky dose of colostrum since his mama's didn't get into him, then bottle feed him for about two months. By that time his mama's milk production was going strong enough to take over completely and he was also eating grass. It was a real chore sometimes. He wouldn't always come to the bottle, we had to find him, then coax him to the bottle. After awhile he came more for the jaw scratching than the milk, I think!
     
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    Please forgive my ignorance, Renee. This sometimes happens with me, I get confused. I was thinking this was a recent calf. Sorry about that.

    It has been raining here all day yesterday and all night. Brady has been very disgruntled. He saw Liz walking Jenny in the rain last night and he went crazy wanting to go see her. I was like sorry buddy, not this time. They love to get muddy together.
     
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    No ignorance, no apologies needed! :D

    We did have a recent one; it was just too small and the cow didn't stay fleshed out very well over the winter. I got a couple of bottles of milk in it and Charley tried to get a shot into it since it had a bad nasal discharge, but it didn't make it. It was so small; it was amazing it was even born live. I just hate it when we lose one, but it happens every now and then.
     
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    Oh I bet that is hard. I would have a hard time with that too. Luckily it does not happen too often.

    My friend had cows when I was younger and I once got to bottle feed a baby calf. It was such a sweet thing to see.
     

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