Fam­ily farms

Chero­kee county

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

and milk­ing Ole Bessie their milk cow.

Af­ter the chores, farmer Fred put some wood in the wood heater got his shot­gun, scarf, and gloves, and started out the door. Fred’s wife Sarah said, “Where in the world are you headed in this weather.”

Fred told her that Blackie was miss­ing and he was go­ing to go see if there were any tracks in the snow and that he was go­ing to check the cows down in the pas­ture next to the woods any­way.

The closer Fred got the more he re­al­ized that some­thing was go­ing on with this cow. When Fred got to the cow he re­al­ized that the cow had had triplets, the cow had got into a ditch and was stuck. But, the strangest thing was that Ole Blackie sens­ing that the cow was down, had pulled the calves over to the mama cow, and she had licked the calves dry. Ole Blackie was lay­ing with them to keep them warm and even got licked by the mama cow. Fred knew that he was go­ing to have to get the trac­tor down there to try and pull her out of that ditch.

Af­ter mov­ing the calves and Blackie to the side they man­aged to pull the cow out of the ditch. They walked the cow and calves back to the barn where they be­gin to nurse and get that first milk.

Blackie got a well de­serv­ing pet­ting and a good Christmas meal with an ex­tra blan­ket for his bed. Fred told Sarah that Blackie was a bless­ing that night. Not only did he save the calves from freez­ing, he kept them from a pack of coy­otes. Fred had no­ticed sev­eral tracks around them in­di­cat­ing that Blackie kept them at bay most of the night. Christmas morn­ing Fred thanked God for his bless­ings, his fam­ily, and for a good dog named Blackie.

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