Do you remember this darling little calf born back in June? I don't think I told his whole story and I thought you might enjoy hearing that today!
We were watching his Momma, knowing she could deliver any day and so we saw her when she went into early stages of delivery. Eldon was keeping an eye on her and when an hour went by and there was no change (a big red flag in a momma cow in labor) he called our local Veterninary Clinic and spoke with the doctor on call (who we did not know). The doctor agreed there was a problem.
He came and assisted the Momma in delivering this HUGE little bull calf. We knew immediately that the little guy's daddy had some Brahma in him as the momma is a Charolais. (When we purchased the Momma Cow she was already pregnant.)
Everything went like clock work and as the Vet was loading up his things in his truck we asked him what his name was. In his very strong Southern drawl he said; "Walter". That was it. No first name, no "Doctor" before his name. Just Walter.
The next morning when we were checking on the calf and I was in the pen petting him, I called him Walter and it stuck! It seemed fitting that he should be named after the Vet that delivered him. So, Walter continued to grow. And grow. And grow. Eldon took him, along with the other little bull calfs to be castrated and get their shots and Walter was the youngest calf and almost the biggest!
Now.... here he is today, just 4 months later. He still has those floppy Brahma ears and the big floppy briscuit neck. And he's still sweet. And we still love him. And he's still Walter. Except that....
.... we found out the Vets name isn't Walter after all! Its Doctor Walker! So now we have a little steer named after the Vet, but yet not named after the Vet!
He's only four months old and almost as big as his Momma. He still nurses. I'll spare you the picture of that! But he's still a baby and we still want him to be able to nurse a couple more months.
He loves his Momma and she loves him. They are precious together! They seem to love us too. Sometimes when I look at them I wonder if they know that if we hadn't called Doctor Walker to come and help they would not be here today.
So that's the story of Walter!
I hope your month of October was wonderful. Can you believe that November is right around the corner? I'm excited because my parents are flying from New Mexico to visit us next week and I can hardly wait!