Jerry Davis 5-4-00
Iím sorry, Rosebud. I
know we shouldnít have given you a name.
Giving you a name made you a family member.
sorry, Rosebud. I know you were the
smartest cow we had and you always listened and watched for us coming with the
sorry, Rosebud. I know it will be
tough for the rest of the herd cows to manage without you; but they will just
have to learn to deal without your leadership.
sorry, Rosebud. The next lead cow
hasnít been chosen yet. Cows make
their decisions in ways I donít always understand.
sorry, Rosebud. With all your
skills of knowing when to follow or when to graze made you stand out above the
sorry, Rosebud. If we had
understood you were mineral deficient, we would have tried to do better.
sorry, Rosebud. You had calves and
more calves and served you time here on the ranch well.
If your peers could read better we would put up a plaque honoring you in
front of others.
sorry, Rosebud. I donít
think the others even knew your name but I know they understood when you told
them in your own way that feed was on the way.
sorry, Rosebud. We knew that
sometime we would have to say bye to you but we certainly didnít expect it to
end this way.
sorry, Rosebud. You did get a
decent family burial with dignity. A
dozer put your carcass below varmint level so your bones wonít be distributed
across the pasture like some other unfortunate animals have been.
sorry, Rosebud. You did make it a
little difficult when you bellowed at your calf when he came to pay his final
respects before your last day.
sorry, Rosebud. You can rest well
knowing your calf was of weaning age and hasnít been back looking for you
after your last day. Calves only
mourn for 3 days so he is Ok by now.
sorry, Rosebud. Your last meal was one of your favorites, I didnít have to
even ask; grain cubes, fresh hay and water.
It was no burden for me to hand it to you, a family member.
sorry, Rosebud. It was appropriate
for you to blow and snort your nose on me but I still couldnít make you get
over your paralysis.
sorry, Rosebud. You could have a
least blinked or closed your bright eyes at the very last moment as I tried not
to think of you as a family member that had to be destroyed.
sorry, Rosebud. We have retired