Our two Longhorns found an open gate and went to visit the neighbors large herd of welcoming cows. As much as we wanted them back, we were not sure how to separate them from their friends without a stampede. Weekday mornings do not allow enough time to do any cattle rustling, but luckily they happened to be hanging out by themselves along our fence line last Saturday morning. Tom opened the gate and led them back to their pasture while their 100 plus friends were wailing and telling them not to leave…..I think the boys are glad to be back. Welcoming treats of carrots and cattle cubes helped a lot! I just finished two new paintings to celebrate their safe return. I have them on my Etsy web site . Click on Leicalady.etsy.com to see all of the Longhorns
I don’t know what he told her, maybe he just breathed in her ear, but whatever, I walked outside and Miss Piggy was sure having fun with Cactus Jack…I oughta write a book!!!
Part One of a series….
Party hats, clowns and streamers announced the arrival of these two precocious “Gifts” that came to celebrate Tom’s birthday on January 11, 2009. Everyone was excited to meet the new critters. The more mouths to feed means the more trips into the feed room for me and they all know that I cannot resist the meows, barks,quacks,oinks,moos,baas, nickers and neighs…..so EVERYBODY gets fed several times a day so that nobody has hurt feelings or an empty tummy. It may sound like a hassle, but actually last week-end Tom and I had a fun time tracking down these two studly steers. We were on our way out to go for a training run for an upcoming 5K race and decided to feed the menagerie first….. Usually it would be here a moo, there a moo everywhere a moo moo, but the absence of this greeting was noted with alarm and then we realized that our two blonde bombshells were not begging at the fence line as usual…. .Our run was put on hold while we loaded our pockets with cattle cubes and grabbed our cell phones heading off in separate directions to track down our renegade steers….. This story will attempt to share all of the many possible adventures that they encountered during their traipse across 1,000 acres of South Texas ranch land. Just to give you a preview of what they may have encountered, first there is a beautiful herd of Beef Master cattle along the way, a herd of Longhorn heifers just a fence-line away and last but not least…..lush green grass on the other side of the fence.
I read about the Kimble Cattle Company in an article on the internet and when I talked to Dr. Joyce and Dr. Janice on the phone…..I was hooked by the horns! I knew that Tom and I would own Longhorns from this beautiful, loving family. We were able to see McKenna Kimble at the show on Saturday and she is a poised and very professional young woman. In one of her classes McKenna showed a young heifer that had just been weaned from her mother and had never left the ranch, but McKenna handles them all and makes it look easy…..
On Halloween night, we were able to bring our little Longhorn into Paloma Blanca. The bartender thought it was a great costume! He ate the straw and licked the salt off the rim of my glass, but he is not old enough for a Margarita…….
We drove to Karnes City to see the famous Kimble Longhorn Cattle and we were not disappointed with the awesomeness of all of them. Dr. Janis Kimble gave us a wonderful tour of their beautiful ranch and these guys literally ate out of our hands. WOW was just as impressive as we expected. His color is described as “waterfall” Ranger actually rivals him in his unique markings. Oreo is gorgeous as well, with his jet blackface and snow white spots. We were kids in a candy store! Santa I will be GOOD, I promise!!!!!!
Good news, bad news……the good news is that I saw my Longhorn buddies Bingo and Tator Tot at the P-Nut festival in Floresville. These little angels shared my snow cone and gave me an awesome ride down to the courthouse to see the giant peanut. The bad news is that Bingo is for sale and I want that guy !!!!! The first thing I will do is take the ring out of his nose and ride him home….I think that ring might be the reason that he is so laid back, not sure but I will find out soon.
This was our first encounter at the Houston Street Fair in San Antonio. It was love at first sight for me and I really think that Bingo remembered me when I saw him in Floresville at the Peanut Festival.