Monday, March 8, 2010

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

Life is a characteristic differentiating between something that has a self-sustaining biological process from those that don't. Biology defines "life" as the state distinguishing inorganic matter from active living growing organisms. This Ozarks farm chick firmly believes that life begins at conception. Be it attained in the heated throws of passion between two moon eyed lovers or the plannin' and breeding of livestock, I believe that life begins the moment the egg and sperm unite and the microscopic cell divides. A youngster raised on a farm never has to question life or how it begins. It is all second nature to them when they hear daddy talkin' about turnnin' the bulls into the cow pasture. Our little punks got to experience the miracle of birth as soon as they could toddle around under our barn boots watchin' mama pig, cow or donkey bring a new baby animal to the Ponderosa. Another subject completing the circle of life that country young'ens learn to accept is....death.

Exactly one week after Dead Dorothy went down she finally succumbed to pneumonia. Hubby and I had high hopes working diligently to save this poor depleted animal. Dorothy did not have to overcome the Wicked Witch of the West but starvation put her in the unstable shape she was in. The sky did not fill with Flyin' Monkeys but she was unable to take nourishment on her own, so we drenched her with needed nutrients twice a day. Winkie Soldiers did not try to keep her captive but immobility took it's toll on her already weakened body. Hubby would put her in a harness standin' her up with the front loader of the tractor for short periods of time prodding her to put weight on her frail legs that couldn't hold her 355 pound body up more than a few seconds at a time. A deadly field of poppies did not put her into a comatose sleep but fluid started filling her lungs. This could of been treatable if the wheezin' bovine was mobile but sadly she was not.

We had little sparks and glimmers of 'Kansas' that gave us encouragement. One morn' Dorothy put up a bit of a fight struggling against the drench bottle. Fight in an animal means it still has spirit and at least a modest amount of strength. She began drinking a little water and eatin' the tiniest bit of feed by mouth! Woohoo, I danced... Ya'll know it doesn't take much! Then she began to rattle just a bit and we knew she would be sayin' goodbye to that yellow brick road. She would never see Kansas or a sale barn again. Friday evening Dorothy gave up the fight and entered that big old Emerald City in the sky. This chick will just have to rest in the fact knowing that we did everything in our power and Dorothy finally made it home "Somewhere Over The Rainbow!!!"

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  1. I really wished she had lived, but at least you cared for her well on her way to the Emerald City.

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  2. I am sad that she could not make it, but you sure gave her the best chance ever. Bless you for trying.

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  3. Oh dang. I was hoping that she would make it, but at least you know that you did all you could.

    And I agree with you that life begins at conception.

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  4. There towards the end, I thought she was going to pull out of it. But I guess nature has a way of knowing when it's time to leave this earth. But you gave it your best shot.

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  5. I am sorry she didnt make it. At least now she doesnt have to suffer anymore :O(

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  6. Aw this makes me very sad. :( You did good trying to take care of her.

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  7. I'm sorry Dorothy didn't make it. :( And I am with you on when life begins. :)

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  8. I'm so sorry! I wondered all week how she was. Sounds like you did everything you could.

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  9. You can be assured you did do above and beyond for that calf. I wonder if many would have done as much. I know that death is a part of life too and although we wish we could save them all,not just animals but people too, it just isn't in our control. You all did your best.

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  10. So sorry to hear about Dorothy--but now she is healthy and running in the emerald pasture
    with a smile on her face!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Melinda

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  11. Sorry to hear that! I know the time and effort was appreciated by her!

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  12. Oh I'm sorry also. Sometimes it is just not meant to be.

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  13. At least we know she's over her pain. Sometimes we just have to understand that it's their time to go. She fought the good fight and I'm glad she had you guys on her side. She's happy now.

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  14. Oh Nezzy,
    I could cry for poor Dorothy! You gave it your all girl! I remember how attached we got to our animals. It's so hard when something like that happens. But your right, farm kids learn about this early. I certainly did but I still would mourn everytime this happened!
    Big Hugs,
    Cindy

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  15. Poor Dorothy! I loved her color. I will never watch "The Wizard of Oz" without thinking of her.

    As you said that is part of life, we move on.

    Last year we had a calf that had to be pulled. Hubby declared her dead. I would not give up even though she was swollen from her ordeal. Rubbed life right back into that baby! I could barely lift her but would get one end up and work on the other...while carefully eyeing Mom.

    Took me two days to get her to stand on her own, but she made it.

    Win some, lose some...that is the way.

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  16. Sad, but all part of the circle. Your efforts on her behalf were heroic. I suspect knowing how hard you tried makes the loss both easier and harder. You did good, girl.

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  17. I'm so sad that you lost Dorothy but she is Somewhere Over the Rainbow where she is mooing to her heart's content and eating all the grass she wants. You did your best.

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  18. A sad ending. I'm so sorry you didn't get to know her when she was well and frisky.
    The Lord loves all he has created so I'm sure He loves Dorothy too and most likely beamed her on up into bovine paradise..
    You did a good job of trying to save her and deserve a big hug!

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  19. I am sorry for poor Dorothy. You are a good woman. You got us all to share the struggle of one animal. Blessings, Martha

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  20. I am sorry she did not make it. I know you did all you could.

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  21. ah yes... my fav movie... just remember NOT to live out the lion's quote "I'd turn back if I were you"...

    courage and faith
    gp

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  22. Awwww! Such a valiant battle! Thanks for fighting for life! {{{Nezzy}}}

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  23. At least for that time, she knew she was loved and safe. R.I.P sweet Dorothy.

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  24. I am sorry she lost her battle to regain good health. I was hoping for a different outcome. I know you guys did all that you could and more than most would.

    Your a good woman Nezzy and Mr. Nezzy too.

    I pray God's blessing shower down on your Pondarosa.

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  25. Oh Nezzy! I feel awful bad that Dorothy lost her fight. Poor little dear! You guys are good 'uns; I hope you're not too sad!

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  26. Oh Nezzy I was hoping that Dead Dorothy had made it..I just knew with all the attention you and hubby were giving her that she would pull through...so sorry.
    I so enjoy your comments when you come by to see me...your a hoot
    Love
    Maggie

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  27. So sorry about Dorothy,but that is life on the farm.I remember my new d-in-laws face when I was doctoring a calf (yea,one of these great deals) who had contracted tendons because he was so weak. As I didn't expect him to live and said to my son,(with d-in-law there also),when are you going to bring your track hoe home so you can dig a hole? D-in-law couldn't believe that calve might die and we were talking so callously about it!
    Thankfully that time the calve made a full recovery. But your heart does kind of harden when you see death many times,you just have to do as you did and give it your best shot and leave the rest to the man upstairs!! Hope you have a blessed day!!

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  28. Thanks so much for the update. I, too, wondered how it was going for Dorothy - - - even prayed for her more than once. One consolation is the person who owned her before you and let her starve will one day stand before the ONE who created both him/her and innocent Dorothy. Let's just pray that person(s) is not allowed to be "care-giver" to any more of God's precious creatures.

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  29. Ah yes, the rallying. Gets your hopes up unless you've been through the dying process before. People do this too. It's a blessing because you get maybe one more day with them and if you are smart, you treasure every second of it.

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  30. I was so hoping this was going to end happily. I wish everyone loved and cared for their critters as you do. Dorothy didn't go out without a good try - it must have just been her time to go "over the rainbow". *sniff

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  31. I'm so sorry to hear this, Nezzy. Bless you for trying.

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  32. Great post - and it really enlightened me! I grew up a country farm girl so birth and death (you know it happens) - some have different thoughts (you explained it all) - they may not have had the country farm experiences.... Yes I know they haven't... Now I fully understand! Very good post!

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  33. Too sad to hear about Dorthy. For what time she was with you I'm sure she knew you were trying to help her - those darn animals know that sort of thing they just don't tell us. Unfortunately, she had already made travel plans.

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  34. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear Dorothy didn't make it after all. But not for lack of effort...you all did everything you could.

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  35. I am sorry Dorothy did not make it.
    Blessings and prayers,
    andrea

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  36. I had to go back and find out who Dead Dorothy was...sad story and sorry she didn't make it! Sounds like you gave her your all though. I'm not tough enough for that kind of stuff. I'm a bit of a sissy...I'd probably be crying for days.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and checking on me! Your kind words are really, really appreciated! :)

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  37. "The Rise and Fall of Dorothy the cow" preseted by Nezzy at Cow Patty Surprise. No happy end.
    Sorry Nezzy for the loss of Dorothy. You and yor hubby did all you couls to save her. God Bless You!

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  38. snif, snif, bwaaaaa ...... I so hoped she'd make it. You did what you could, but the Boss wanted her home.

    Stars are only holes in heaven so our loved ones can look down on us and smile - I bet Dorothy is looking too! {{{{{Nezzy}}}}}

    ~Yvette~

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  39. I'm sad to hear Dorothy didn't make it. I know you did all you could.

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  40. You gave it your best shot..I am very sorry..it is never easy to lose an animal..they are all special..as was Dead Dorthy..he name being one of the really unique things about her! She had a whole Internet rooting section too:)

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  41. Awww so sad to hear. It sounds like you did all you could Nezzy and life teaches us that sometimes that`s really all we can do.

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  42. Wow with all of the news lately about how animals get tortured to die for our food..this story makes me feel that some really do have compassion...You and your hubs are truly loving souls..I hope there are more like you...Thanks for sharing this story of humanity..Bless you both..EnJoy YoUr DaY..!

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  43. Wow. This is a beautiful post. I had to read the first part several times because my brain is in goof-off mode.

    I love the way you write Nezzy. I am adding you to my sidebar.

    I keep meaning to but today is the day.

    I love your attitude toward love and loss.

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  44. The best part of the event is that for the last part of her life here, Dorothy was taken care of lovingly and she united all of us in the hope she would live a longer life. The fact that she was too far gone and unable to gain the strength to live is sorrowful, but again, it is part of life. Life and death. That is how it is. I admire you for your steadfast nursing and caring. The name Dorothy has a new memory for me now. A really great one.

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  45. I know it may seem silly to some but I am so saddened to hear the Dorothy didn't make it, I was so rooting for that poor girl. The wizard certainly made a valiant effort though didn't he?

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  46. Dad gummit I was so hoping she would make it. I loved reading your past posts.

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  47. Dang! I was cheering for Dorothy to pull through. I take my hat off to you and your husband for the care you put into trying to make her well.

    And I take my hat off to you for the way your wrote about all of this. You are a very special writer Nezzy with the great ability to paint a vivid picture! Thank you.

    Sending hugs,
    jj

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  48. Hi Hun! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi! Loved your comment, so I just had to come visit. What a great blog...really sad though about that cute little cow. You really tried to save her though, which is wonderful. I'd love to live on a farm, but stuff like that would just kill me! I've got three kitties that I worry about constantly...if I had to worry about a bunch of cute cows and pigs as well, I'd be a nervous wreck!...Good luck with the giveaway!!! ;D Paulette

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  49. Gosh...You are such a hoot! Thanks for brightening up my day!!! xo

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  50. So sorry she didn't make it! You guys sure gave it your best shot!!

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  51. I'm so sorry! It is so disappointing. I raised bummer calves when I was a kiddo and we lost several. They would get better just to give us hope and then pass on. It was always hard, but it definitely taught me a lot. I'm praying you'll be able to recover finiancially.

    God Bless,
    Jackie

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  52. Oh, I'm soooo sorry...poor Dorothy...but I'm so glad she had you to take care of her!!!! And yes, I think it a shame that more kiddos don't have the kind of experiences with life and death that yours did...I think our culture had a greater appreciation for life when we were more agrarian...And I'm with you on all fronts!!! What a beautiful, yet sad story...I do so love your blog!!! And you too, of course ;-) ~Janine XO

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  53. I am so sad and so sorry for you guys and Dorothy. It does seem like she tried to rally. Got a little spirit going, but just couldn't do it. She was too far gone to come back.

    It is the CIrcle of Life - but hard to go thru.

    sandie

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  54. Nezzy, what a story. The Tin Man is proud of the big hearts here. I kept picturing the scene in the movie where they scrub and polish everybody and try to make them purty. Ah, well. There is no place like home and I hope Dorothy made it back to Kansas...she was already black and white, right?

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  55. That last line did it for me. Talk about disolving in tears..I would be a pain in the rear on a farm today. Gettin' old I guess.
    I didn't use to cry so easily, but it seems the older I get, the harder things seem to hit me.
    Yes, you did everything you could..and that is what counts. You tried. Maybe that is what counts in life. How hard you try.

    Nezzy, sweet friend, you can dump on me any time you want! I'm here.
    You do have your hands full..still..just the thought of all you have to do to me is wonderful. You have a rich full life.
    HOW on earth you blog I don't know.

    I am completely retired and still can't keep up...but...I try. And that's the answer.
    We all care and we all try!
    You are a delight in my life, Nezzy!
    Mona

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  56. Awww Nezzy how sad! I so need a tissue after reading...I so hoped she would pull through she was so beautiful!

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  57. You and your hubby did the best that you two possibly could within your power. It's very hard to have a life slip away when you try so hard. My family experienced this firsthand too. We tried to save a dog but in the end, it was just too ill to make it. Take care!

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  58. Hello Nezzy, sorry to hear Dorothy didn't make it. You and your husband gave it all, at least now its not suffering anymore and is at peace.
    Thanks for your sweet comment!
    Hugs, Ann

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  59. Oh I'm sorry sorry for you all and poor Dorothy! She fought the good fight. :)

    Beautiful post. Now when I think of rainbows I'll think of cows. :)

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  60. Hi Nezzy,
    This was beautifully written and touching to say the least. At the beginning when you mentioned "A youngster raised on a farm never has to question life or how it begins. It is all second nature...", I thought, how true. Everything gets muddied when it's politicized doesn't it? One of my favorite childhood stories is Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, and the movie made from it (despite differences from the book), one of my all time favorites. Your dear Dorothy is over the rainbow.

    Also, thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind wishes to Anita and I on our anniversary.

    Blessings,

    Ruben (aka, Rattus Scribus)

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  61. Gosh, I'm so sorry Nezzy!! You guys did everything you could and I know how heartbreaking it can be when it's just not enough. God bless you!

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  62. At least there were no flying monkeys involved.

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  63. WOW NEZZY! That is quite a story about how even an animal can show us how to handle life and death; live boldly and die courageously....whew...you must see it all on your farm! What a touching story but told with wit and hope. Thank you as well for visiting me and Ruben to rejoice with us for our anniversary...that was so kind of you! HE REALLY LOVED YOUR POST!!!

    Bisous, Anita

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  64. ~Aw Nezzie...I'm sorry. But, ya done good, girl. And thanks for you comments on when life begins. Not enough of that going around lately.
    ~As always, you took a topic and warmed it with your heart and your wonderful way with words.
    Love you girl,
    Joanne

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  65. I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy :(

    It just shows what kind of people you are, to have worked with her like that. Don't see goodness like that much nowadays.

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  66. Thanks for the sweet thank you! I've linked to your blog at my most popular blog, http://jerbrr22.blogspot.com I hope that's okay with you.

    Hugs to you for being so sweet!!{{{}}}

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  67. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about Dorothy. And thank you for making every effort to save her.

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  68. Sorry she didn't make it... you are a great woman!

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  69. At least on her way out she had some love, good on you darling lady.

    I'm afraid I get very cut up with animals not being fed and loved. You are great.
    xoxo

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  70. Lawsy Honey, something my Grandma would say... hubby needs to quit buying sale barn leftovers...those vet bills really add up quick in the livestock biz and the bodies will start piling up. Plus, you never know what you will introduce to your healthy stock. Yup, farmgirl here to...grew up working cattle. Homecoming Queen, hay bale bucker and farm hand...it's a dizzy mix, but it works.

    Loved ready your blog, got a chuckle over DD, only farmgirls can distinguish between pets and livestock. However, sometimes a Dorothy comes along and shows us the spirit that resides in all living things.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit and wit - Julie

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  71. "Now I know I've got a heart, 'cause it's breaking..." - The Tin Man

    Nezzy, you're one heck of a story-teller, to take a COW and make me CRY! What a beautiful story, and what a beautiful couple you and Mr. Nez are.

    " Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable." - The Wizard of Oz

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  72. I just knew she was gonna make it. Sorry Nezzy. I know you did all you could.
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  73. I know you gave her every opportunity to get well, I'm sorry she didn't but I bet somewhere in her spirit she found comfort in knowing she was being loved and cared for. This little story tells a lot about what a wonderful, caring and loving person you are and yes, I'm a soft touch, it brought tears to my eyes.

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  74. I'm not a vegetarian, nor a farmer, so for me getting to know about livestock is quite an eyeopener.

    I'm glad to hear how hard you all tried on her behalf, and I'm glad she is at peace.

    I think I'm gonna learn a lot around here!

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  75. Oh Nezzy Sweetie...
    I was so hoping that Dead Dorothy would make it. Oh sweetie I am so sorry. I know you were attached in a little bit of a way. It is so hard not to try with these animals. We always want the one nobody else wants, and have high hopes of making a show pet out of them. She gave you some happy memories, and oh how she fought for you and DH. I know at the end she was thanking you both for you love that you had shown her. Animals do that don't they?

    You know I spent every summer over in the Ozarks at Beaver Lake. We would drive all the way from Oklahoma to camp out for 2 weeks. We went Eureka Springs and Christ of the Ozarks. It is so beautiful over there. When we couldn't get into the camp grounds there we spent out summer at Table Rock Lake, another beautiful place over that. I have always said it is God's country, as it was so peaceful and beautiful, and you see the deer in the morning at the lake's edge drinking, the bass fishing was awesome. What a beautiful countryside. The only thing for me, was I get car sick real easy and the up and down and around and around on the hills made me so sick. I would try to go to sleep and sleep through the drive.

    Thank you for sharing my special sweet friend Nezzy. I just love ya girl. Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

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  76. Oh Nezzy,

    I'm so sad to hear that Dorothy didn't make it, but how wonderful that she was surrounded by love and care on her way over the rainbow. I'm off to get a tissue now!

    Big (((HUGS)))

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  77. Wow! You got a lot of comments here. I just wanted to tell you that I totally thought of you when I put that boa on for the kids' tea party :) Blessings! Jackie

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  78. Good thing it's you and not me, Nezzy, living on a farm and experiencing the life and death that I know is part of your life, because this post brought tears to my eyes! I really wanted Dead Dorothy to disprove her name.

    But, on the other hand, I think it is wonderful that she was so well cared for in her final days.

    I love the way you told this story!

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  79. Sorry to hear about the loss of Dorothy. You fought the best battle you could, and she did her part. Sometimes it is better for them to pass along swiftly. In her final days you did show her that some people do have caring hearts.
    Now - tell that hubby to give your heart a rest before he does this to you again.
    And next time, I know you will work just as hard to help another.

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  80. Sorry to hear about your loss of Dorothy. :(

    You have a wonderful blog. I came across you through Jenny Matlock's site. =0) Have a great evening! <3

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  81. And now she's been Oz-tracized from the world of the living....

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  82. Oh dear one, I'm sorry she is no longer among your family :( We all have to learn this tough lesson in life ;/ We are heading into the time of teaching our youngest that there is a time for life and a time for dying.,. we have chickens and some are gegtting close to coming to dinner ;) He has found 'new homes' for them. LOL

    I am sorry I haven't been around. I have been rather .. low on the blog round these few days. But I wanted to pop in and say hi :) God bless ya sweets!

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  83. This makes me very sad...I thought for sure she would make it. xo

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  84. Awww. I'm sorry she didn't make it. I was rooting for her. She was absolutely gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing her with us.

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  85. I am so sorry to hear about Dortothy. I am glad at least she died in a place where people cared about her well being. I think all animals go to heaven.
    Wishing you a peaceful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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  86. Yes!

    That is the wonderful life.

    Flowers,animals and the others..

    Thanks sharing them with us.

    I wish you a very good weekend.

    Regards

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  87. I'm sorry Dorothy didn't make it. I know that was hard but good that she had your care.

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  88. I came here to say thank you for your kind words on my post... but I am truely sad to learn that Dorothy passed away.... I fell in love with her from her picture you posted and had high hopes for her...for you...
    I hope she is in very green pastures indeed.
    Blessings...
    Gwen

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  89. The best part is you guys doing all you could to save Dorothy!!!

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  90. Ahh I know you guys tried so hard!!!

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  91. Nezzy ~ I'm sorry to read about Dorothy. You guys tried so hard and we were all praying for her. : ( Sweet little soul, how could someone let her get like that. For a very short time, you gave her love and let her leave this earth in peace.

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  92. You and your husband certainly tried.

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  93. Hi Sweetie! Just wanted to pop in and say hi! Have a happy Sunday! xo Paulette

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  94. Ohhh, I was so sad to read the story of
    Dorothy. You told the story in such a poignant way. You and the hubby can be proud of the valiant effort you put into saving her.
    I'm with you...life begins at conception. I'm sure God smiles down on those who are kind to his precious creatures. : )
    M.L.

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  95. Aww you made me care for a cow that I didn't even know existed before clicking on your blog just now. I'm sorry you lost your critter. It's never easy no matter the circumstances. Just for her, they should change the lyrics to Somewhere Over the Rainbovine. ;)

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  96. Nezzy, I haven't been over here for a spell and really need to catch up on your posts.
    Just read both Dead Dorothy posts. Sorry you lost her. Your descriptions of your husbands determination sounds like mine.
    Take Care. Pamela

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  97. I am so sad that poor Dorothy didn't make it. At least she had carrying people around her who did all they could to help. But soon the spring will come again. New Dorothy-ies will be born. The life cycle will re-start. And your hands will be full with other young creatures in need of care--the miracle of life over and over again.
    Thank you for the post and good luck with your wonderful work!

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  98. Good Morning Nezzy,
    You are welcome to come visit me anytime! I have a guest room and I would love to have you. Summer is the best time in Wisconsin. Hubby and I are thinking of going to the Ozarks this summer. It's not that far and I think it would be fun! Hugs, Cindy

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  99. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! As you can see, I've only just begun. However, your visit brought me to you. I love your wit and your candor makes me chuckle! Sorry to see Dorothy go (she was a pretty little thing even in such bad shape).

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  100. She was a pretty little calf! I like your comparison to Oz! Very clever. Losing baby calves is something I just can't ever come to terms with in ranching. I'd probably make a really crummy rancher or rancher's wife for that matter! My dad lost quite a few calves this year with the harsh winter we had and everytime we went to visit, I'd ask why he didn't round 'em all up in the barn or build lean to's or something! Hope you have a fabulous day!

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  101. So sorry to hear however, what a great testament to your kindness and caring hope all is well and new life blooms all around you.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  102. Some people question that I grew up on a ranch, especially those who grew up in the city. They think that it was subjecting animals...blah, blah, blah. I think that in farming/ranching we learn what stewardship and mastery really means. What a privilege to be a part of each life cycle. I got teary reading this, because I know how hard that is when you cheered that one animal on, until they just couldn't go any longer. Thanks for talking about this. Thank you for everything you did for Dorothy.

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  103. Oh that was a lovely post. I remember when I was a young girl visiting my aunt on her farm, it was summer.
    She said the cows were in heat
    I said "then put them in the shade" duh
    I have learned alot since then.

    It is good living in the country and seeing life and death as it unfolds.

    thanks for your visit to my blog. I love new visitors. I love new friends. I don't see many people here,so my blogger friends become very important to me.
    and I LOVE the name of your blog. Please come again and I'll be sure to visit.

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  104. Hey Nezzy just me checking on you to see what you have been up to...hope everything is fine with you and that the sun is out in your area.
    It is here but chances of rain tomorrow.
    Take care
    Maggie

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  105. Hi Nezzy!
    Because I enjoy your blog so much you have been awarded a Kreativ Blogging Award.
    Check it out:
    http://caribou-ificandoitmyself.blogspot.com/2010/03/kreativ-blogging-award.html
    Carolyn

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  106. So sad, but you guys gave her your best.

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  107. You do know that from now on every time I see the movie it will make me think of your Dorothy. So very sad and you should have warned me that I would need another box of Kleenex besides the one I have right now from the cold from Hell!
    Joyce

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  108. She was pretty gal though, don't you think? Or maybe I think so, because I don't see cows that often. Sorry, she lost the fight, but you'll remember her and you both did your very best!

    We feel the same way as you about life starting at the very earliest stages of fertilization...that's why we're growing babies over here, not cattle. But might need a cow and a couple of chickens to feed them all! I might need to your advice someday as these city folks consider going country~

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  109. Poor sweet little Dorothy. I am so sorry that she did not make it. But I'm glad that her last days were spent on a farm where people were taking good care of her... feeding her and trying to help her get better.

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  110. I'm so very sorry to hear about your horse, Dorothy.
    We have experienced loss, the loss of son, Joshua, who would be 23. He was in a car accident at 16. He was driving and after investigation it was revealed that he had hit a patch of water, hydroplaned over an embankment. I am so thankful to God that I do not have to forgive someone who took my son's life. I don't know how people do it.
    Although it doesn't compare in pain it still hurts when we loose a pet. I have a shih tzu that I know I will mourn terribly when she leaves us. I hope the pain becomes a dull and the memories become brighter.

    Take care-
    Cindy

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  111. I hate that! I love your blog and always good to hear from you. My best to you, Ladybird

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  112. Poor lil sweetie... but bless you and your husband for helping her, and making her passing less traumatic. Death is always hard to accept,and yet with farm animals, it is an inevitable part of life. :-(

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