Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Steamroller Kind of Day and Orphan Annie!

I am a great believer in luck,
and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
                        Thomas Jefferson.


Lying here staring out the window from my bed I see a slip of a moon staring back. My body feels like it has been run over by a steamroller. Dramatic thought but it is the only way I can describe it. It appears the Fibromyalgia is no longer on vacation either, lucky me.

Anyone who reads my blog knows this may slow me down but it will certainly not stop me from doing what needs to be done here on the farm or anywhere else for that matter. I am pretty busy now that My Hero has gone back to work and Orphan Annie needs my attention. Oh that reminds me you have not been introduced and have no idea who that would be.

I know the name is a little predictable; can you tell that it was My Hero’s choice? I was going for Princess Cleo, great choice don’t you think? My Hero has no imagination, but cute as the dickens. Annie now answers to that name so Annie it is.

Annie was born on a cold afternoon the day after New Year’s day. My Hero was back in the bush watching as she was born. Her Mom was lying on the new bedding that had been put there in the morning. Everything was going well, as My Hero sat there and watched the birthing from the seat of the tractor. He watched Annie being pushed out on to the new bedding with no problems. He watched as her Mother stood up, looked down and ran for the hills. Sometimes this happens for unknown reasons, I must explain that her Mom was a first timer and may have just been scared and the bolting thing is just instinct for some, I truly have no idea why. This is when My Hero, ever my hero, jumps out of the tractor immediately and goes to clean off the nose and mouth to make sure Annie was alive. He used the bedding to wipe the sac from her face and she I am told let out a bellow, a great sign.

I was on vacation sitting in the house doing absolutely nothing and enjoying every minute not knowing what was going on back there so this is my interpretation of the events for the record. Apparently My Hero looked around and did not see the Mom coming back so he proceeded to clean the calf off using the bedding (hay) this is what you do because if the Mom comes back you do not want your smell or any other smell on her as she may ignore it, it is all about smell for cows. This is always a gamble whether to clean it off or just leave it, but since it was cold it had to be done, hopefully the Mom will come back but in these cases from experience we know it can go either way.

My Hero stayed with Annie till all the other Moms and their calves surrounded her, they always do this I like to think of it as a welcome here party. Annie stood up loving all this attention so My Hero knowing she was good went to see where Mom went.

It appears Mom was trying to escape to another country through the rail fence but since My Hero builds excellent fences she was just standing there. He tried to chase her back to the herd but she was a little aggressive, best leave her be, NEVER put yourself in this position leave her be, this is something we know to be true from experience, she will settle down and hopefully return to her calf in time. When a Mother cow puts their head down and paws the ground that is a warning to go away... ALWAYS go away. My Hero headed back up to see how Annie was doing.

Annie was doing just fine she was running from udder to udder, running around looking for any udder attached to any Mom, a natural instinct but since none of them was hers to have she was rejected over and over, The decision was made to leave Annie there with the herd because if we took her away and her Mother came back she would never except her. My Hero came to the house to get a warm bottle of colostrum to bottle feed her. This is a first milk it is full of everything a new calf needs natural antibodies and such, we always have some dried powder on hand, it must be fed in the first hour if possible.

Long story short, Mom came back but never went near Annie again; My Hero fed her three times a day, as she bonded with the other calves, always searching for her Mom after the bottle was empty. My Hero went back to work, I now drive down the lane to feed her two times during the day, I step out of the tractor or the Jeep depending on where I have gone during the day to always race back home and feed her, I yell out the name “Annie” she comes running and bellowing every time. She empties the bottle then tries to eat my jacket; Annie then runs to jump and race with her friends always knowing someone will be back later. She is happy; My Hero does the night feed, because Buttons does not like the bush in the dark.


Well I better get moving Annie, her family and friends are waiting for their breakfast.

Sometimes life is just like that. I still like “Princess Cleo” but what can you do?

Later

34 comments:

  1. shes beautiful! maybe as she gets older one of the mommas will let her rob some milk. we have a few older cows that just don't mind and then we have one that tries to steal other calves. they are such good examples of mommas! im sore too, being on vacation for 2 weeks was not a good thing for my body. i hope you get to feeling much better!

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  2. Poor little girl...no momma to love her. But she has you so she'll be just fine.

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  3. What a sweetie! I'm confident she'll get excellent care, even if her momma flew the coop. :)

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  4. This just melts my heart. Intially, I felt so sad for Annie but then I realized how it happened to her in the BEST place. She has all the love she needs.

    Take care of yourself, my special friend.

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  5. I never knew that cows sometimes run off and leave their babies. You are both doing a great job at looking after her. Hope you feel better soon.

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  6. LOL and I know where her momma should go...but so glad you are there for little annie! I happen to looove the name...you must have to wash your gloves and coats alot - that it not the prettiest nor cleanest chore to fed a slimy nosed little girl like annie LOL But she is beautiful, like your photos!

    BTw sorry to miss your call - weird hours here, but we have the roof framing up , yee ha! tomorrow is suppose to snow big time again though ...one step forward, a couple staggers back...

    love that color of that baby - 'champagne" ;)

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  7. Oh - poor baby - but then again not. They adjust well don't they? Darn those heifers.

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  8. What a sweet baby she is- so glad he there to see her born and intervene right away. We've had a couple of those poor abandoned little ones- our last one was named Tater Tot (picked by our teenager). They're so precious.

    Hope your pain will ease soon- take care!

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  9. I'm with your Hero in this one...I love the name Annie...and it sounds like she does too! :) I can just picture her, running up, emptying her bottle, and yes, trying to eat your jacket! I'll be she's one you'll be keeping for a long time!!

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  10. Love Annie! How long will you have to keep feeding her milk? Thank heavens she has company and you.

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  11. Good thing your Hero was there to watch the birth, or this little one wouldn't have made it. Hopefully she'll be able to snatch some milk from the other cows; what about getting a milk cow cross for babies like this?

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  12. Motherhood can be scary! She's a beautiful calf.
    I know the steamroller effect, hope the fibro eases soon.

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  13. have to side w/ hero on this one. annie is a much better name for an outdoorsy girl like her. :)

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  14. awww....what a sweet Princess-Orphan! So I'm thinking it's a good thing your Hero just happened to be there right? I mean...to think what would have happened to the poor baby if he wasn't there. I've heard of cows rejecting their calves before, but I didn't know they ran for the hills. I think it was after my brother was born...couldn't have been me...that my Mom WANTED to run for the hills! It couldn't have been my sister, because Mom was too old to run then...waiting so long and all...yup..had to be my brother! Don't tell him though!

    Cindy Bee

    PS - IF a bear ever starts pawing the ground and snorting...ALWAYS go away!

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  15. She is a very unique calf...take care of yourself Buttons. Do not over do things. Your body is trying to tell you, need to take babysteps back into routine.

    Hugs
    auntie m

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  16. aw, poor girl. glad she has such wonderful surrogates.

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  17. I'm so sorry you have that stupid, painful fibromyalgia (sp?) to deal with then you have so much work to do under such difficult (cold) circumstances. It would be touch for anyone to have something like that to deal with, but you have so much more. I really admire you and it feels good to know that Annie is in good hands.

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  18. Awww. What a sweetie. I actually like Annie...sorry;)

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  19. We had orphan twin lambs but the mother dies after birth they were raised by us and our old dog then Bessie would cuddle up with them and take over looking after them after we had fed them . My friends cow did the same after she had her baby it is a strange thing but that's nature ! This little calf is adorable what sweety ! I hope all goes well for her ! My aches and pains were subsided for a bit as well but as soon as it gets damp I feel like I have been run over by a truck and backed over on again as well ! Awesome post . Have a good day !

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  20. I think Orphan Annie is the perfect name for her. She's a little beauty. It's a shame her mother abandoned her, but she's lucky your hubby was there to take care of her from the get-go, and to have such caring foster "parents" now.

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  21. I think Orphan Annie is the perfect name.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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  22. Oh my gosh, I love this post so much! It really shows what a kind heart you have (and your Hero, too!). It's sad that her mom rejected her, but I guess those things happen sometimes. When you described her running to you and bellowing, I almost started crying! It just sounds so sweet and innocent.

    I'm not creative with names at all (I have a rooster named "Roosty Roo" after all) so I do like Orphan Annie :)

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  23. Awe, poor baby! I'm glad Annie has you and your hero to help her.

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  24. It will be interesting to see what kind of a momma Annie herself grows up to be.

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  25. She is beautiful and I think you're both heroes!

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  26. Yes, I like the name too. So Buttons is playing momma again. Bottles, teats and slobber! hehe! Sue

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  27. Sweet little orphan Annie, she is beautiful! I am glad you and hero are taking care of her, since her Mama is a little uhmmmmm, non-motherly at the moment.

    Sorry it has been such a rough day, Buttons. My empathy.

    ((hugs))

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  28. awwww b, she is so cute, good thing your hero was at the bedside for the birth, to help out and all!

    she looks like an annie!! (sorry)

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  29. Lovely calf. I know some children that would have been better off being abandoned and rescued my a loving couple. Animals are odd sometimes.

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  30. There's just no figuring why the mommas sometimes reject the babies. I'm glad your Hero was there and took action. It looks like little Annie will be just fine! :)
    I hope you get to feeling better.

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  31. Your honey is aptly named. A hero indeed! Poor calf being rejected by mom like that. At least she has friends and two doting human parents. I admire you, Buttons, for regular feelings when you don't feel we'll yourself. I like the name Annie; it suits her. :)

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  32. ANNIE!! ANNIE! seems so fitting somehow.

    she's just the luckiest littlest newborn to have YOU & your hero!! =)

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  33. I am certain she will be fine in your loving care :)

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