Friday, May 17, 2013

Oh Annie!

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness,
making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
                                         Washington Irving


I am pretty sure all of you that have come to know me understand how weaning Annie had been very hard on me almost as much as it was on her. That whole teaching her to drink water out of the creek instead of that nice warm bottle she was used too, did bother me. Truth be told My Hero and I actually let her have Milk Replacer longer than we should have. I am sure you did not know Milk Replacer if fed too long can affect the function of the rumen of a cow later on so it is something we had to do. It was not an easy decision for My Hero and I, we are not exactly the tough farmers and tend to get attached to our orphans and felt guilty even though it had to be done.


That being said Annie has been doing very well and seems to be gaining weight and enjoying life with her friends out in the pasture that we finally had to let them into. There is only one small thing that is bothering me; she will not acknowledge me when I am out in the field. My Hero on the other hand calls her name and she runs to him. I did find out lately that My Hero had been giving her those warm bottles of Milk Replacer when I left him alone when I went to Toronto. Just like the other parent that gives in to those demands of their children and not wanting to be known as the bad guy, leaving me to look like that bad guy. He eventually stopped and she did adjust to this switch just fine. I am obviously the tough farmer around here.

I was back wandering among the cows the other day and noticed something funny, I walked over to see a cow with two calves; I know you know what is coming. Oh yes seems Miss Annie is smarter than the average calf even though she never had a real Mom and had never been able to convince anyone else to share their Moms milk with her it seems she has finally convinced another calf into sharing. Actually when the calf of the cow walked away Annie was still eating. I know what that look in her eye is saying to me, do you?


I am so happy Annie is an opportunist but surely she could forgive me and come spend time with me and not just My Hero hurting my feelings in the process. I guess someday she will know I had to do it for her own good. I truly knew she would figure something out.


I will continue to keep calling her name and maybe sometime soon I will be the one she comes up to and lets pet her while snuggling against my leg. Spoiled isn’t she? My Hero is such a pushover.


 Annie hey Annie look over here. Drat.

Later

44 comments:

  1. She is adorable! I hope you don't feel too betrayed, but I love that picture of her with your Hero! Darn calf! :)

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  2. What a cute little story!! Annie is adorable and looks so affectionate! Well, to your hero at least :p that look in her eye is like the one baby humans get when feeding, just totally zoned out and glazed over!

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  3. Oh Annie - I see that look in her eye. How much like a child she is. I suspect she'll get over it someday and come back to you. Have a nice weekend, Buttons.

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  4. Awww. She'll come around. You did a wonderful job caring for her :-)

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  5. Annie is no slacker when it comes to finding an alternate milk source!

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  6. Looks to me like an "I'll show YOU for making me switch to water!" gleam in her eye. A pity too, since your heart is one of the kindest.

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  7. sweet little annie! love that second to last photo! have a great weekend b :)

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  8. Tough love is seldom appreciated. :)

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  9. my father has a cow who is very obliging in nursing others off-spring.. although some of LAST years calves try and take advantage of her good nature!LOL

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  10. That look in Annie's eye? It says "HA! I showed YOU, Ma!"

    You should find some sort of treat she will eat that isn't in the pasture. Apples? Carrots? I know, that's horse treats, but do they work on cows too?

    Vic303

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  11. Oh, Annie! SHe's so smart, and I love that look in her eye. I raised an orphan calf a long time ago, and this reminds me of so many of the things she would do~

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  12. The first photo is gorgeous! The look in Annie's eye says a lot, lol. That's a stink eye if I ever saw one. You and your hubby are a couple of softies! :)

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  13. oh, she's a naughty one! getting a second chance at childhood!

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  14. Oh, this post made me smile. What a smart girl she turned out to be!!
    Love the picture of her sneaking a drink!
    Have a great weekend!

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  15. this post was the highlight of my entire week,

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  16. What a sweet baby! Slip her a bottle of Milk Replacer when no one is looking, while cooing her name softly!

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  17. Oh, sweet Annie! Her look is saying, look, Mom, I found some milk after all!

    I think she'll come around and be snuggling against you soon. I love that shot of her beside Your Hero--so sweet!

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  18. That Annie! She'll come around! You are sweeter than any milk replacer ever could be! xx

    Have a wonderful weekend, dearest B!

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  19. Always a great read. take care B.

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  20. People who say animals have no personality have never bothered to spend time with them. Your Annie looks so sweet. No wonder you've had trouble being stern with her.

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  21. Oh Annie is just the cutest. She has definitely stolen my heart! I can't believe she found a cow to give her some milk. She is quite resourceful! Such cute photos, and I really love the one of her snuggling up against your Hero. I hope she will warm up to you soon :)

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  22. these are just the sweetest images. and that first landscape is just breathe taking! such love and care you give all your girls. the one of annie and your hero makes it very clear. *hugs*

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  23. Lovely memories! You're giving me an itch wanting one. :)

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  24. I do everything for Soldier, our old dog, feed him, give him his pain meds, walk him, brush him, make sure he has water, discuss his care with the vet, buy him expensive supplements, get him a nice bed, and all daddy has to do is call his name and there he goes, leaving me, as if I don't even exist. While I'm not jealous, I must say it felt good to let all that out. So you are not alone, dear Buttons.

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  25. Awwww..... Your Hero is a total push over. What a sweetie he is.
    Annie is adoreable!!

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  26. That Annie, what a little stinker! For ignoring you AND for stealing milk! ;)

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  27. B,

    Annie is just starting the terrible 2's early, lol......
    give her time, she will come around.

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  28. Awww, that little girl is just too cute... stealing milk and the snuggle with your husband is precious. I rescued a little kitten last fall, and she's stuck on my husband, and I love her, feed her just as much... ah well...

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  29. Typical child! If Mom won't give in, butter up to Dad! She sure is a cutie pie! xx

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  30. I fed my dear Filly (a heifer calf) diligently. When she was weaned she also ignored me. But even 10 years later if I walked by her with a bottle, she suddenly remembered who I was and wanted to be friends. We probably fed her too long on the bottle, because she was the potbelliedest cow you ever did see. I will never forget Mom chastising her for not calving and then we saw she had twins! She was so chubby you couldn't tell. Ah I miss farm life.

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  31. We do get attached to our pets don't we....even one like this one. He will acknowlege you one day...just feeling his oats right now.

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  32. Awww! glad that poor little calf found a new mommy to share... and I'll bet she will come around once she's over her milk bottle anxiety disorder. LOL yeah, as if I know anything about cow psychology ;)

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  33. Your Annie, it's a lovely story you tell. I am pleased she found another to feed off...and don't worry she knows you only too well...Hugs M xoxox

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  34. I learn so much from you, Buttons. I don't know anything about farm life. Annie will come around and realize you are doing what's best for her, I think. Beautiful animals you have.

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  35. What a beautiful story and so glad Annie has found a 'foster' mum too. They are lovely animals and you should be proud of how well you look after them. I hope Annie will return your love real soon when she realises you did the best for her. Your Hero obviously took advantage of your absence and spoilt Annie so now she thinks he is her hero too. : )

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  36. Awww, I know how you feel. For me it's not calves, it's grandchildren. I hate it when their friends are more important than me.

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  37. i love the second image and the one of your hero with annie, so sweet!!

    sometimes it takes the kids a little time to come around, but they always do and they always adore their momma's best!!

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  38. Awe I love this post. Annie is such a cutie and I love that look in her eye. You know she loves you really don't you? How could she not. Just keep calling her name and she will come to you.

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  39. Oh that Annie is a thinker and apparently like a child she holds small grudges about removal of treats. Well we still love ya for all you did for her Buttons. Winter Sping Summer or Fall all ya got to do it call and we'll come running to see you again ...me and James Taylor lol

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  40. She is just growing up, becoming a teenager, you know that they have to ignore Mom in order to do that...

    What's Annie's story, I read back posts when I first came across your blog ages ago, but I must have missed it.

    Jen

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  41. That special bond that is always created with a calf that has to be bottled fed is a special one. Annie is so lucky to be able to also now know the warmth of a cows breast milk. Maybe next time around you will be the favorite.

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  42. I read this post, and saved it , and came back and read it again.So many calves I have bottle raised over the years, good ones rotten ones and all in between, and I felt the pricking of a tear when I read about Annie not coming to you .SO I did not comment , and I came back, and it happened again I still did not comment. Its a success story, but tender hearts like ours even when we toughen up and do what we need to feel that sting. not today but some day I will tell you about Freddie my "pet: Simmental

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