Meet Dude

Hello world, meet Dude!!

 

Dude enjoying some time with Kinze and my bath towels.

Dude enjoying some time with Kinze and my bath towels.

 

Dude is a new baby heifer whose momma decided that she would rather chomp on some hay than feed her new baby girl. This starts out as a sad story, but a happy ending is coming (I PROMISE).  Dude’s momma didn’t seem up for the task of taking care of her just delivered baby. This happens from time to time during calving season, and usually each mother and calf scenario is different. In this case, after a failed night of trying to create a bond with Dude and her mom it was decided that Dude would need to come and live at our house for a bit for a chance of survival.  Just like all new babies, they need their mother’s milk.  We weren’t sure if Dude received any milk from her mom, so we quickly gave him a bottle of colostrum.  Along with the colostrum, she got a nice rub down with my nice bath towels and a view of the country road while she soaked up some sun. Whatever Dude needed there was a kiddo ready to run after it to help make life a little easier for this baby (and myself).

You may be wondering at this point how this baby girl came of the name “Dude”?  That would be from my 2 year old son calling for the baby calf and saying “Come on Dude. Come over here!” It still makes me smile when I think about him call for her, how could we not name her “Dude”?

After Dude received her colostrum, she wasn’t acting as perky as we would have liked her to be.  Thanks to the advice of our veterinarian, we kept an eye on her and for the next 4 days and gave her doses of electrolytes.  When she was eventually chasing me down for her bottle of milk, we knew she was starting to feel a lot better. We monitor their behavior and encourage feistiness as it helps us to recognize that they are feeling better and will have a greater chance to thrive in life.

Finally taking a bottle on day 5!

Finally taking a bottle on day 5!

 

Stay tuned for updates on Dude!

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