Country Living Series

Saturday, March 26, 2016

First escape of the year

Ah spring, when a cow's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of grass -- which (as you know) is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Yesterday afternoon I noted little Curly was out. He apparently had managed to push the bottom portion of a section of cattle panel away and slipped through, and was happily cropping the grass by the edge of the driveway. (You can see the pushed-aside panel behind him.)

This wasn't an urgent situation, so after mentioning the First Escape of the Year to Don (who agreed it wasn't urgent), I straightened up and re-tied the cattle panel, then walked down to close the driveway gate.

This is when I noticed Shadow/Sparky (I can't tell the difference between these two ladies, they're identical), who had also pushed under the fence. She was further down the driveway, meaning she had been the ringleader for The Great Escape and Curly was merely following her example.

Needless to say, the rest of the herd was very interested in this development.

Later we rounded up both the recalcitrant critters and put them back in the woods, with the peanut gallery in attendance.

Shortly thereafter, I caught Dusty looking mournfully through a gate. "Hey, I want to escape too!"

Fear not, dear, in a few weeks the pasture will be green and lush, and you'll be in paradise. Hang in there.


  1. I was pleased a few days ago when the drought monitor showed that you were no longer in a stage 1 or 2 drought. We are not in one here in Texas either but our dry season has not started yet either. Good luck with the grass this season.

  2. Same challenge here. Keeping critters in, and keeping critters out. And fixing fences.
    Montana Guy

  3. If you own cattle, at some point you will get to play cowboy and wrangle them up. I got to do it at 3am with a couple calves. That's fun. But wouldn't give them up either.

  4. Patrice,
    As always thanks for another episode of your great writing and perspective on things. It's always appreciated.

  5. I wish our cows had something to escape to... As yet our green grass is just a twinkle in my eye!