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Old 02-20-2005, 11:07 AM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 01:05 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 01:18 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 02:00 PM
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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 . . . 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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Old 02-20-2005, 02:56 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 03:06 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 03:34 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 04:28 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2005, 04:58 PM
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Do you have just one bull or more?
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Old 02-20-2005, 05:52 PM
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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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