So, I wander from house to studio… Draw a little…
Repair a chair… decide I need some great sandpaper to get those corners and interior edges…
Nail some boards, then I go on a search for more…
Back and forth, trudging through the snow.
Brandon has his calves wandering around, and I take the time to reinforce to Eden that she can be close to calves and not chase, or bark, but just get some good lovin’ and relax… when I notice something wrong.
Well, calves aren’t known for being super smart… and they are CURIOUS little boogers. She has wire around her neck, and around her feet. She’s very mellow about the whole thing. Sometimes her legs are free and she’s just dragging this wire through the snow. Then she stops and turns around and she’s a mess all over again.
This wire had been hanging in a shed, and she went and stuck her head in it… then created all this mess! We definitely don’t have wire just randomly laying around, she had to try a bit to do this! She wasn’t hurt, she wasn’t in a panic… so I put my thinking cap on.
I can’t walk them all to the corral… that would just be ugly with me sweating in the deep snow and cussing because they would run the opposite way, I may have been around calves before… I’m smart enough to NOT just step on the wire, I could see my foot getting entangled as she spooked and drug me through the snow! I did go get a long handled shovel, thinking I could snag it good enough… and all the calves were curious about it EXCEPT HER.
OK. Fine. Time for ZEN with the calves!
Remember I told you they are curious critters? I stood there, and sure enough, they have to come check me out. Most of the time, I just ignore them… so this was something new. Pretty quick one is licking the back of my coat, and another snuffles at my side (and that tickles, just fyi) She’s at the edge of the bunch, and she knows I’m looking for her! Fine, I’ll let the other calves do my work. I take one step sideways, and two calves readjust their “bubbles”. They step on the wire. I lean to my left and she backs up a step as well. Zen. Breathe. One more step sideways, and they turn away. Yup, here comes the loop over her neck! Another step… it’s off! For a minute, the wire is around another calf’s front leg, but with a little give and take, he’s free as well.
I feel like a superhero! Well, ok, maybe not… but that was my good deed of the day!!!! And you? Did you get to help someone today???