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.
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.
I know I told Dwayne we needed to get two of ‘em.
I know I’m not supposed to spend much time with him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do it.
What I do know is…
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.
I couldn’t ask for a better animal to raise.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be this lucky again.
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.
He came to live us and has become – very much – a part of our family.
I told him we needed to get 2 of ‘em.