I’d Take on 6 Dozen of Our ” Brucey “

I woke up feeling so emotional this morning.  Maybe it was the Budweiser commercial of the new Clydesdale Foal – put together for this year’s Super Bowl.

Actually – I’ve been falling apart every time I think about it, lately.

Bruce is the Black Calf on the right.

Bruce is the Black Calf on the right.

We bought ‘ FF Bruce Almighty ‘ in April, 2012 – same time we purchased ‘ FF Freedom’s Artist ‘ – Our first Bull.

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And we still have another year to go with our beloved ‘ Brucey ‘ – as I call him most of the time.

I know they say you should never give ‘em a name.  But we’re required to do so – for the ( ADCA) American Dexter Cattle Association.

Bruce and Artist are Half-Brothers and Best Buds forever!

Bruce and Artist are Half-Brothers and Best Buds forever!

I know I told Dwayne we needed to get two of ‘em.

I know I’m not supposed to spend much time with him.

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I know I’m not supposed to enjoy all that time brushing him down.

I know I’m not supposed to get comfortable sitting on the ground with him.

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I know I’m not supposed to depend on him to help me show all the others how much they can love being brushed.

I know I’m not supposed to depend on him to help me train the others to walk with me during lead-rope training.

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I know I’m not supposed to depend on him to help me get all the others into the barn during bad weather – or – feeding – or – animal health care.

Cora on the left - Bruce on the right.

Cora on the left – Bruce on the right.

I know I’m not supposed to depend on him to keep the babies busy when Cora’s in her 3rd trimester and just doesn’t have it in her to play with them.

I know I’m not supposed to enjoy conning him into eating alfalfa cubes after supper.

I know I’m not supposed to sit there and love all over him when he lowers his head against my shin and gently presses against me – just showin’ me some love.

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But.  I did.  I have.  And I do.

And what I don’t know is…

What’s gonna happen when it is time to take him to the Butcher.

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I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do it.

What I do know is…

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Brucey is my first Irish Dexter Steer.  Nothing like a Black Angus – or any other standard breed.

And that Docile Demeanor in Dexters just shines through and through – where Bruce stands.

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I couldn’t ask for a better animal to raise.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be this lucky again.

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I think I could be – if Brucey were there with me.

I might have to get ugly – and really stupid.

But truth be told – I don’t think Dwayne’s heart is very far from mine in this situation – as well.

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He came to live us and has become – very much – a part of our family.

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I told him we needed to get 2 of ‘em.

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About Three Cedars Irish Dexters

With gorgeous views from up on a hill in the middle of a Holler, tucked quietly in the beauty of East Tennessee - we raise Dexter Cattle - an adventure birthed in April, 2012 with the ultimate goal of spoiling and pampering every 4-legged ' mooovelous ' soul living here with us!
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One Response to I’d Take on 6 Dozen of Our ” Brucey “

  1. d.a. says:

    You know, if he’s as good and helpful as you write, he might be worth keeping around for training other cattle. And yeah, our first group of chickens – all named – are on the “pension plan” at our place. They survived being our first flock of hens, and by golly, I feel too indebted to put them in the stock pot. The later generations, however, have been easier to butcher when necessary. A thought, anyway…

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