With Ed our bull gone, Daryl has been watching the papers to see where we could get another one. And with the girls making the worst noise in the cow yard lately, we knew that we better do something fast!
So Daryl was able find one close and off we went to check him out, and to see if he was going to fit in with our cows and our farm.
First stop was to go to our sister-in-laws to pick up the livestock trailer. We don’t own one and she’s been so nice to let us borrow hers when we need it.
Well we got the trailer all hooked up and now we were on our way. But there was a quick comment made that we never looked in the trailer before we left. Now maybe there was a gate or two or some extra stuff that was stored in it, and if we put a bull in with it -well it just might not make it back to our sister-in-laws the same as we left. But it was just too late. We were on the highway headed south and that was that. If there was something in it, maybe we could just put it in the back of our truck or something.
Finally we got to the farmer who was selling the bull and after we said hello, we checked out the bull he was selling. First thoughts were that he was small. Now of course we will probably never have another ‘Ed’, but even Daryl was a little hesitant. But we were there, the bull will grow, and we needed a bull, so with a handshake we bought him. Do you know what I liked the most about him? I liked that you could go up to him and pet him. Yup, I think he’ll fit in just fine.
Next thing was to get him loaded into the trailer and bring him back to our farm. With the cab window open, Daryl stuck his head out and was able to get the trailer situated perfectly for the bull to just walk right into it.
BUT WAIT! I hear a cat just meowing and meowing! And she’s in the trailer! Oh no!! We brought our sister-in-laws cat all the way to this farm. OK, no time to panic. So I said to the farmer “Don’t open the door, the cat will get out!” Pretty specific right? Yea, not so much. Guess what he did? He opened the door and the cat got out.
Pure panic went through Daryl and I. Here was this cat who seemed upset and must be our sister -in-laws, now loose running around the cow yard at a different farm!
OK, we can do this! So we tried to corner her and she took off running. Seriously wouldn’t this have been so much easier if the farmer didn’t let the cat out in the first place?
But after a bunch of running around in the cow yard, I finally nabbed her and clutched on to her for dear life!
She wasn’t happy, but we weren’t going to loose her again, so into the truck I went and my plan was to sit there until the bull was loaded.
Then guess what happened? Well the grandson of the farmer (he looked around 15 or 16) came over to the driver side of the cab of the truck and asked if that was our cat? Odd question right? Well I said no, but that it was our sister-in-laws and then went on to tell him that we use the trailer and how we didn’t look inside of it and….
Well he didn’t move from the window and while the cat was trying to crawl up to the top of my head and scratch just about everything in sight, he asked me how long was it missing? Hum.. now remember this cat was trying to take at least the first couple of layers of skin off me, but with a death grip on it, I politely said back with a smile that I don’t think she thought it was missing. On a farm cats are always going in and out of equipment.
He watched me for a little bit and then said, ‘You know we have a cat that looks just like that. Yup, pretty much exactly like that!” Still fighting the cat, I smiled and said, ‘That’s nice’
Then he said that their cat, loving named ‘Big Grey Kitty’, came to them a couple of years ago and he was glad that they finally found the right owners.
OMG!! Was this their cat?
I jumped out of the cab of the truck and with the bull all loaded, Daryl and the farmer came up and stood beside me. The kid asked his Grandpa if this looked this their cat and guess what the farmer said? He said, ‘Yup, that’s Big Grey Kitty’
So I threw the cat down and it went over to the barn and then I looked at Daryl and said under my breath ‘LET’S GET OUT OF HERE!’ Still trying to smile when the farmer and his Grandson was looking at me like maybe I was from Mars or something.
Well Daryl knew what was going on and the misunderstanding that had just happened and by the time we reached the gravel road from their short driveway we burst into full belly laughs!
Well the moral of the story is: Always look in the trailer before you leave or you might get yourself a new cat!
Meet Luther our new bull