So the earlier post about the cow with the c-section....she's doing pretty good, considering she had a surgery performed on her in the barn. LOL. She's still a little sassy, so I named her Foxy Brown, check out the pic, doesn't she look sassy mcsassy? And man, what a good livestock photographer I am...maybe I should sell my skills to one of those "bull auction books". Cow whisperer for hire! Takes great photos! LOL
I'm working my cow-whisperer magic on her too, she doesn't give me the crazy serial-killer eye anymore when I have to spray her with some cow-neosporin.
Her calf was a stillborn, and it got me to thinking (along with this morning's radio show), how to tell kids about farm animals dying. And there is a difference between a pet you have in your home, versus one that is outdoors. For example, we have barn cats, their population is a constant up and down. Kids will be out here one time and play with the kitties and the next time they're here, they're gone. Now, I've been saying "they ran away." Which I consider a 1/2 truth. The said cats probably did wander too far and became coyote food. Is that lying to children? Are children ready to learn about the life cycle via the family farm? Hmmm....I'm not a parent, so I really don't know the appropriate age a child is ready to hear that an animal is dead, or ran over, or coyote food, or whatever. Thoughts?