We put in new posts. We patch wire. We add cross poles.
Still, we have a problem.
She breaks the fence over and over and over again. She calls Nelly and Sharlotte out to her. She wanders off. She eats the neighbour's flowers. She hides in the bush.
We fix fences. She comes home. She breaks them. Again.
We decide to try cow proofing one little section.
We add more posts. Tighten barbed wire. Start adding cross posts.
We'll trap her there and feed her hay.
Or she'll escape. Again. And laugh at us. Taunt us.
I had enough. I know that section isn't quite ready yet. And I know it's still too hot to let her hang before butchering. But I swear, if that damn cow gets out ONE MORE TIME...
And then, last night. Not once. Not twice. Three times she got out. Three times she stood in the yard whining. Twice we chased her back in.
And then... The third time...
Husband noticed something else moving in the dark. Something small and dark. Something else chasing her.
All stop. What is that?
Husband and #1 shoo it in the pasture behind her.
In my defence, I did mention to #1 a week or so ago that she was bagging up. I figured she was either about to calve or had already calved in the bush somewhere, and probably lost it again. In my stupidity- Daddy did say last year- if she calved in the bush she'd keep breaking out to get to it.
So... Mindy will not be butchered for escaping one more time. Mindy will not be butchered this fall. She's raising a calf now. Mindy is off the menu.
What am I going to eat this winter?