Hoofprints on the Lawn
Sport the Farm Dog likes to lay on the couch and look out the window day and night. He barks when he hears something; he barks when he sees something; and he barks when he thinks he hears or sees something. Well, one night, he decided to sleep instead, and that’s when something happened!
Every night when we go to bed, I peek out the window. I don’t know why, I just do. I guess I like to see the stillness and the cows laying under the light at the side of the house. It’s just so peaceful. Well, one night, I looked out, and I couldn’t believe what I saw! I jumped back, and looked out again, and then I looked over to my husband and said, “Get dressed! There’s a cow in our yard!” It didn’t register with him at first so I said it again. I think he thought I was joking, and when I assured him that I was not joking, he jumped up and looked out the window to see for himself! Then, we both leaped into action, pulling on our clothes from earlier in the day, and making a quick phone call to his dad to come help get the cow out of the yard! We were in for a surprise!
When we got outside, there was not one, but two cows in our yard! I guess in the glow of the light, the grass looked greener on the other side of the fence! At that point, I didn’t care what color the grass was, I was worried about my grapevines and irises, which were growing very well, and probably would look quite delicious to a hungry cow. After we discovered that they broke a couple strands of barbed wire, and just stepped through the fence, we decided to try herding them to the other side of the yard where there was a gate and we thought it would be easier and safer for them to go through there, but it was very dark over there and they just ran back towards the light. Huh. What to do now? By this time, my father-in-law came over and we decided to steer them toward the hole in the fence and see if they would go back through it. When they realized that their midnight snack was not to be, they gave up and went back to where they belonged. Of course, I got the giggles, because if you think about it, it was pretty hilarious to see people waving their arms at cows in the front yard in the middle of the night! Besides that, I get silly when I’m tired and since they didn’t eat any of my plants, it was easier to laugh at the situation. Anyhow, once they were through, we temporarily fixed the fence until we could redo the whole thing the next weekend, because we sure weren’t going to accomplish much more than that at that hour! Would you believe – four days later, one of them broke through again! It wasn’t quite as late, but still….they were determined to eat our yard! And yes, the fence has been replaced. The only way for them to get in our yard now, is to jump over the fence, and I don’t think they’re inclined to do that! At least, I hope not!
Here’s a hoofprint they left on our lawn. I won’t share the cow patty with you. it’s not very pretty.