Unusual 'Pet' Story

sylviatexas1September 1, 2005

I just have to share.

This guy had me laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face.

Dave, an old friend of mine, told me he once bought a longhorn calf to keep the pasture grass "mowed", &, when the calf got big enough, he would be meat for the table.

Well, the calf followed Dave around like a dog.

They went to the pond together, where Dave fished & Brutus (once you name a calf, it cannot become barbeque) grazed.

When his horns began to emerge, Dave got in the habit of rubbing Brutus's forehead, which the calf really enjoyed.

(Are emerging horns something like emerging teeth? I'll have to ask.)

When he was a huge yearling, Brutus he still liked having his head rubbed.

He would sometimes walk up behind Dave & rub his head on Dave's back.

Dave said the first time he felt something against his back & saw a horn on either side of his body, he nearly had a heart attack.

When Brutus heard Dave's truck, he would go stand at the gate, waiting.

Dave said his now-ex-wife never did that...

By now Brutus is a grown bull with yearnings toward the neighbor's cows, registered Holsteins.

Registered dairy cows are bred to registered bulls to produce more valuable offspring, so, to be a good neighbor, Dave reinforced the fence.

Brutus walked over it.

Dave added 2 strands of barbed wire.

Brutus learned to hook his horns under the wire, lift it, & walk *under* the fence.

Dave had a footing poured, imbedding the wire fence in concrete, & the Holstein herd was safe.

However, Brutus had had an accident:

he had a really bad scratch from the barbed wire.

On one of his most personal areas.

Dave's vet gave the bull an anti-biotic injection & handed Dave a jar of cream with instructions to "rub it on the affected area twice a day."

Dave is the most macho man in the universe.

He said he didn't want to rub salve on a bull's b@lls twice a day, but he couldn't get his wife to do it, & he was afraid the kids would get hurt.

The first time, he said Brutus looked at him like he was crazy.

Then, in Dave's words, "he got to where he liked it. He'd see me coming to the pasture with that jar of cream, & he'd run up to the gate.

Then the scratch got better, & the cream was all gone, but Brutus still wanted me to rub something on him anyway."

Brutus, needless to say, lived to a ripe old age.

He finally developed crippling arthritis & the vet came out & gave him an easy exit with an injection.

Dave buried Brutus in his pasture, in a spot overlooking the pond.

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barb_from_pa

Bless his furry old heart!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 2:28PM
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girlwithaspirin

I'm dying laughing over here. Your friend gave new meaning to the term "grab the bull by the balls," eh? Thanks for sharing! :D

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 8:06PM
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Nancy_Ind_is_now_Ill

Love it!! Shows what lengths a pet owner will go to in order for their baby to be happy. LOL. I don't feel a bit bad now about washing poopy rear ends.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 9:37PM
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oakleif

Saw this on the last saved page and thought we could use a cute story as well as saving it before it went into oblivian
vickie

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 4:16AM
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sylviatexas1

bringing this to the top once again;

my old friend Dave passed away the day before Thanksgiving last year, & I guess I'll always miss his stories.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 12:39PM
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sylviatexas1

Is it time for another "generation" of Pets Forum readers to be subjected to this story???

Dave's been gone nearly 3 years, & I still think this was his best story & now maybe it's my best story.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 5:21PM
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petaloid

Thanks for bringing Dave and Brutus' heartwarming story back up -- it put a big smile on my face.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2010 at 2:27PM
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coconut_nj

Hi Sylvia, waves.

What a great story! I managed to miss this so I'm really glad you brought it back. What a guy, I'm sure you do miss just a great friend. Can't you just imagine his turmoil as he had to decide he was going to have to keep up the 'rubbing'? LOL.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2010 at 10:00PM
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sylviatexas1

Well, another year has gone by, time for a new batch of pet lovers to hear, & for us Pet Forum veterans to hear again, the epic of Dave & Brutus.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 6:41PM
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annzgw

What a wonderful way to pay homage to a good friend. A toast to Dave & Brutus!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:39PM
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sylviatexas1

It's been over 2.5 years since this was brought to the top, but it's still a favorite story.

Dave's been gone since Thanksgiving 2007,

His kids are grown now, with families of their own.

I hope some of Dave's grandchildren inherited his spirit, his sense of humor, his love of animals, & his story-telling gift.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:16PM
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Ninkasi

Thanks for passing this on! Dave's story lives on and certainly gave me a chuckle seeing it for the first time all these years after the initial post. I won't pass a longhorn without thinking about this tale. Condolences on the loss of your friend, he sounds like he was a lovely person.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:36PM
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