My Giant, My Heart

☆ March 31, 2014

my giant my heart

I’ve had this blog on a photo-intermission because Frisco has been very sick. About a month ago, my vet – whose general bedside manner is Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky – told me to prepare for the worst. He didn’t expect Frisco to make it another week. I’ve been pretty much living in the barn, and everything in my life that I could put on pause, I have. I’ve been so sad and so scared and so dirty, but it’s also been a special time, in a weird way. Tragedy incinerates everything that is not important.

We don’t know what has caused Frisco’s decline. He recovered from foot rot in January, then this ailment came on a few weeks later. Blood tests, fecal tests, organ tests have not shed much light nor given us any definite answers, and his treatment has been varied, including everything from antibiotics to flower essences to, most interestingly, a magnet. I fed Frisco a very large, very strong, pill-shaped magnet as a measure against Hardware Disease, which may or may not be at the root of his illness. Cattle are indiscriminate eaters, and if a small piece of metal or wire or a nail or fencing staple is littered in a pasture and then baled into hay, a cow may inadvertently eat it. Once swallowed, the metal can puncture the stomach wall, nearby organs, cause infection – basically, wreak havoc within. Eating a magnet can help remedy this: the magnet draws the metal out of the stomach tissue (as long as it is not aluminum) and holds the offending piece tightly against the magnet at the bottom of the stomach, where it remains (they don’t poop it out). The magnet will also catch any future metal the animal may ingest.

The past few mornings, Frisco has been eager to leave the barn and go out to eat at the hay bunk with Daisy and Fiona. His weight loss has been severe and is very frightening, yet his eyes and spirit are bright and lively. His appetite has improved, though he is still weak and wobbly. This afternoon I was down at the corrals, leaning against the fence, watching him. He ate some hay. He drank some water. He lay down in the sun. I went over and sat next to him, leaning back against his massive shoulder. I stroked his cheek, timed his pulse rate with my phone. He was tired. He closed his eyes. And then he swooped his head around, wrapped his neck around my body, laid his head on my chest, and fell asleep.

frisco napping on me

{I wish I had a go go gadget arm to have captured this scene from a distance! Alas. This image is two overlapping photos spliced together, hence the “missing” corners.}

 

Comments

114 Responses to “My Giant, My Heart”

  1. Lisa Brown
    March 31st, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

    I’m so sad to hear that Frisco is ailing :( I hope he recovers. Your comment about tragedy incinerating everything that is not important is something I’ve contended with before, and it’s a very elegant way of phrasing it.

    Lots of love and positive vibes your way! As an aside, I’ve recently been working on a game about a bull, and I named him Frisco because he and you and your stories have been such an inspiration to me.

  2. Rick Derevan
    March 31st, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

    It’s really tough when a beloved animal gets sick. But plainly Frisco knows you are doing all you can. Let’s hope the magnet works!

  3. mlaiuppa
    March 31st, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    It’s still a wonderful photo and so illustrates the relationship the two of you have. I hope he is on the mend.

    The pill magnet sounded kinda quacky until you explained it. I had no idea cows were such indiscriminate diners.

    Don’t mourn for that piano. All of the original ivory keys have been replaced, likely the ebony ones too. The original finish is gone. The original bench is gone too. Unless you play, you’d have no way to judge the action or timbre. For $300 it should find a home with someone who will restore it or not. But it’s most likely a beater. Given the age I imagine the finish was shellac.

  4. Marya
    March 31st, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    Heartbreaker, Shreve. I am hoping for a recovery for Frisco. The bottom photo(s) slays me. I clicked your Frisco tag and spent a nice chunk of time re-reading your previous Frisco posts. What a love.

  5. Karen Gouze
    March 31st, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

    So sorry to read this. I sure hope he is on his way to recovery. What a beautiful gentle giant.

  6. Scotty
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    Shocking post S~. We are watching and listening and we appreciate that you are willing to share your stories with us. Good luck for a speedy recovery.

  7. CareaBearaSara
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    I sure hope he pulls through! It’s so difficult when all the tests you do have undetermined results. If only they could just tell us what’s wrong… but then I’d probably be out of a job as a vet tech.. xoxo

  8. Diane
    April 1st, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    How very hard! I am hoping for a recovery. You have put it very well – everything not important is incinerated when tragedy looms.
    It is a gorgeous photo and a magical moment, for sure.
    Take care.

  9. Margi
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:08 am

    What a beautiful moment. I sure hope Frisco recovers quickly and well.

    Tragedy does incinerate the unimportant filler, doesn’t it? I’m off to clear my calendar as much as I can, because I don’t want to hold off on what’s important anymore.

  10. LJ
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:13 am

    He knows he is loved. My heart is feeling your weight. Sending energy and love to Frisco.

  11. Rebecca
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:16 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that Frisco isn’t well. It’s so hard when they’re sick and can’t articulate why. I hope he continues to improve and can make a full recovery.

    My heart, the love of my life, my orange cat, Bob, got sick 6 months (& 2,days ago). He was diagnosed with a rapidly growing and very aggressive cancer. The average survival time with this disease is less than 2 months. We did surgery to remove the tumor, tried 7 treatments of chemo only to have the tumor come back at the 4 month mark. So he had a second surgery and now two more months have passed. I guess he showed that original prognosis! Today he goes in for an ultrasound to see if the experimental drug is working. I, too, have been living my life with him as my focus. You are so right in that everything else just disappears when faced with something as monumental as this. We’re also doing the flower essences (thank you for the recommendation years ago!), and trying to get him the best of everything.

    I wish you strength during this hard time and I send all the healing thoughts I can to Frisco. I bet Bob would find him fascinating:) Bob has seen many, many other animals but he’s never met a bull before!

  12. Ticia
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    Oh I am pulling for Frisco!!!!!!! Your bond is beautiful. The picture is so sweet. Much love to all of you!

  13. Kristan
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    “Tragedy incinerates everything that is not important.”

    So true, as I have recently been reminded myself.

    My heart aches for you and the farmily, and I send all my best vibes and hopes for Frisco’s recovery.

  14. Joy
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:20 am

    Thank you for the picture and for sharing this “golden moment” with us.

  15. Deanna
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    Oh Shreve, I know how special Frisco is to you. He is to me too! My absolute favorite picture is the one of you kissing Frisco in a field of wildflowers. Sending my very best prayers and positive vibes for both of you.
    Love,
    Deanna

  16. sarah malaby
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    Ah Shreve, what a sweet, sweet boy. Holding my breath (almost) that the magnet is his magic cure. Love to you both.

  17. Kim
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    Such a sweet photo. Many healing vibes for Frisco from Michigan. <3

  18. Karin
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Looks like he is saying, “My friend. Let’s share this time.” I am always amazed (and so grateful!) to be loved by another species.

  19. Anita
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    Shreve – my prayers are with you and Frisco. He loves you so much, that is apparent. Hang in there, girl. I hope that magnet is indeed the cure.

  20. DCP
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Everyone before me has said most of what I think and feel about Frisco’s health and expressed the same wishes I have for you both. I’ll just add that the amount of trust and affection shown between you is profoundly moving. What a better world we would have if more people had a deep, loving relationship such as yours.

  21. Laurie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    Oh My Gosh – What a moment with such a big beast!!
    He is showing you such kindness for you taking care of him – He loves you!
    I hope he recovers

  22. Ailsa
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    I would have done the same. Both of those pics are so poignant. If anyone doubts for a moment that animals, all animals, even so-called ‘livestock’, have feelings and souls, then this should put that to rest.
    Get better Frisco. You are truly beloved. I hope that sharing the pain will lessen the burden Shreve. Do please take care.

  23. Susie B.
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Sharing your worry and pain. Sending a heart filled with strength and hope your way.

  24. Jeanette
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    Oh my, what a beautiful relationship you both have. Get Well Soon, Frisco.

  25. Anne Shines
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    Frisco is so beautiful. I’m sending positive feelings in his direction, and in yours.

  26. Leisa
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    Sending prayers and hugs to you and Frisco. You have such a strong bond between you.

  27. steph in Oregon
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    I am so sorry Frisco has been sick. There is nothing more unsettling than when a beloved animal family member is not well. I am sending positive thoughts to Frisco and you Shreve.

  28. Cynthia
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    So Much Love
    So Much Presence

    I’ve been going through my own ‘tragedy incinerates everything that is not important ‘ since mid-January. Amazing time and space to be in. All that really matters glistens.

    ❤️

  29. Linda Lu
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    Love and prayers to you and Frisco that all turns out okay and he gets better. I know how much you love him and I have enjoyed reading your stories about him and the rest of your farmily. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

  30. Marg
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    I always hold my breath when I see a new blog that is just titled with the name of one of your brood. It usually isn’t the best of news. How stressful for you but if love can heal, and it can do miracles, then he will be fine.

  31. Nanci
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    So sad and frustrating when a beloved pet gets sick. Too bad you can’t get an x-ray of the big guy…. :-(. Hang in there Shreve. You are doing a great job!!

  32. Janey
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Healing Blessings for Frisco and the entire Farmily. <3

  33. pam
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    I had to read the post many times to see if I missed something…hopefully, Frisco, our beloved Frisco, is on the mend. Your post was heartwrenching and loving, stunning, and we all will be willing Frisco strength as he recovers from whatever is ailing him. good sign that he wanted to eat and move about a bit.
    & your picture is nothing to apologize for. It is perfect, as are your words….”tragedy incinerates all that is not important”. No truer words have ever been spoken . Keep up the good fight, Shreve… I am with you in spirit.

  34. Wo of PDX
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    Sending healing thoughts to Frisco and strength to you Shreve. Wo

  35. Jo Davis
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    My heart is aching for you and sweet Frisco….sending lots of prayers, along with positive and healing thoughts for him to get better…

  36. Debra
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    What true love that post and photo display. I’ll be hoping for the best for Frisco. And you.

  37. Beverly
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    what a beautiful, strong boy..much love and positive thoughts coming your way

  38. Janine
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    Sending healing prayers for both of you. Quite the beautiful photo…

  39. Meg
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    The picture made me tear up, what an amazing friendship you two have. Sending healing vibes your way~~~~

  40. lisa
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    healing light sent to frisco.

  41. ChristineV
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Saying prayers for your big baby to get better soon. Hugs, Shreve.

  42. hello haha harf
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    thank you for telling us of frisco’s illness. over the years i have come to have a strong affection for the animals you share your life with, so it is no shock that i was reading your loving words with leaking eyes. incredible that someone i don’t know and animals i have never met can impact me so powerfully. i can’t even imagine what you are going through.
    sending so much love to frisco and you. sending lots of prayers, too. then again, i guess love and prayers are pretty much the same thing.
    get well soon, frisco. <3

  43. MK
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    Best wishes for Frisco’s recovery. He does know he is loved and loves you back. That has to be good medicine. I can’t help but think that all cows that aren’t loved also could and would. Doesn’t exactly whet the appetite for beef does it.

  44. karsmitty
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Oh Shreve, this is terrible news that Frisco hasn’t been feeling well. I’m so sorry. I know that you know, many of us that follow your blog do understand the bond a human can have with an animal. I pray that Frisco beats this, whatever it is, and fully recovers. Please keep us posted here, because we DO care.

  45. penny in co
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    Tears. Get well Frisco.

  46. mj
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    My heart and prayers go out to you and Frisco. I learned about the magnets probably close to 60 years ago. I think cattle raised in large operations are routinely fed the magnets for the very reason you state. Hopefully you have fed magnets to your other bovines as preventative medicine. Praying for a complete recovery for Frisco and for your heart!

  47. Anna
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    Wishing that Frisco well … and peace, though it is so lovely the trust you two have, I imagine that peace is one thing he has — and the knowledge that you are doing all you can and will be by his side regardless.

    Blessings to you and the farmily.

  48. kay
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    Whatever the outcome, you’re in this together. Sending healing and recovery thoughts for Frisco and you!

  49. Gabi
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Checking in after a long absence only to find this horrible news. I am so sad and so sorry this is happening to you both. My thoughts are with you and Frisco and I hope and pray he will recover quickly. The picture really shows his level of trust and affection for you, his Mom. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  50. Judy L
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    His love for you and yours for him is so sweet and beautiful. That last photo makes me yearn to be able to feel his soft head upon my chest and stroke his cheek. I hope your next post about Frisco will be about his full recovery. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  51. Melanie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Oh I feel for you so much! I hope all will be well and am happy for to have had such a bond with a sweet man such as him.

  52. volt
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    wholeheartedly ditto what DCP said (#20).. please feel better Frisco.. so lucky to be so loved

  53. bonnie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    so hard. i’ve just gone through my own version of this. and have been reminded of the line in that old song that says “love is a dangerous thing”. but it’s so worth it.
    i keep the photo of you and frisco in a spot where i see it every day. and it often gives me what i need. i hope you and frisco are receiving all you need right now. xox

  54. wright1
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Ah, I am so sorry to hear Frisco has been so far down. Your bond with your animals is the heart of this site and your writing in general. I am grateful for your courage to share pain as well as joy.

    That last photo… In terms of technique and formatting, nothing exceptional. But the subject and content… amazing.

    My sister and I grew up with Marguerite Henry’s “King of the Wind”, a book with many lines that linger. In one early scene, a mare looks at her young groom with an expression that says You are the source of all that is good.

    Come what may, Frisco knows that about you, Shreve. All the best to you and the Farmily.

  55. sal
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Hi Shreve, so sad and sorry about your baby. I want to suggest you use colloidal silver for him. It’s tasteless and in addition to giving orally you can put it in his water if he’s drinking. Check with the vet for dosage. I have a lot of faith in silver. Here’s one link to start investigating the use of silver for animals. http://www.holisticlivestock.com/colloidal_silver.htm

    Good luck and prayers for you and your baby.
    Sal

  56. Linda Watson
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    So sorry to hear about Frisco. What a special connection you have. Prayers for both of you.

  57. TomT
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    It’s so sad and I truly hope he recovers. Such a great connection you have with him.

  58. Felyne
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Sending all positive, healy vibes to Frisco and much good care to you the rest of the farmly Shreve.

  59. Charly
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Oh Shreve, it breaks my heart to hear about Frisco. It must be really frightening to keep vigil with him in the face of such uncertainty, but he is so lucky to have such an involved, caring owner to comfort him during this trial. Your picture is truly lovely, and it’s a testament to the special connection between you. I hope Frisco turns the corner soon so you can have him in your life for many more years to come. Keep us posted–

  60. Kazza the Blank One
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    Sending best wishes for Frisco’s recovery

  61. Marva
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing your deep bond with Frisco. As others said, I have come to love your animals and the trust you have established with them. All my hopes are sent to you and Frisco.

  62. Rhonda
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    My thoughts are with you and Frisco.

  63. Mimi
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    Sending positive thoughts your way…

  64. pogonip
    April 1st, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Hoping for good news about the big guy. He’s lucky he has you in his corner. Wishing only goodness and light for all the Farmily.

  65. Roxie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    I think Frisco must know how much you have been doing to help him. What big hearts (both of you!) Hope the magnet has finally done the job. Sending him and you hopeful vibes stretching from the Sutro Space Claw all the way to Mt Tam.

  66. ClaireB
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    I’m so sad to hear about Frisco’s illness. Sending all kinds of wonderful, good energy to him and you. Interesting about the magnet. So glad you explained how it can help if metal has been ingested. Pls keep us updated on his recovery.

  67. Colleen G
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    I read this today at work and couldn’t even respond. Your photo is unbelievable and brought me to tears. The bond you share with him speaks volumes. I am sending prayers and positive light and energy your way. Is surgery an option or would it be too complex and too much to put him through?

  68. carmel
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    OMG, your poor giant… was reading your post with a heavy heart and when I saw that beautiful, bonding picture at the end, I felt peace. Get well soon, big guy. Take care of yourself Shreve.

  69. Patr
    April 1st, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

    Oh Shreve, my heart aches for you. I know your love of all the farmily, but sir Frisco is special.

    I wish I could come help in some way.

    I constantly remember your post about Mike’s horse and what you posted about why they have shorter lives than us.

    Love, pat

  70. Bev
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    I’m so very sorry that Frisco is not well. I’ll be praying for his recovery. The photo of you with Frisco is very touching.

  71. Torre
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    What a beautiful post and picture – brought tears. I love the picture of him snuggling up on you to sleep –

    Sending lots of positive thoughts to you and Frisco – I sure hope the magnet works – he is a magnificent being.

  72. Jackie Beck
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    Shreve I can’t even function or see to type

    I own two of the photo’s of you and Frisco. One in the pasture looking at each other and one of you kissing him in the pasture.
    You two are exceptional and those pictures show it.
    My love and prayers are sent to you both.

  73. Julie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh mama. We have the same heart for animals, you and I…knew from the very first post I read of yours that we are very much alike.

    Not being able to diagnose and remedy this sweet boys health issue is very distressing. I know your pain. I feel it when I see your photos, read your words.

    You will breathe him in, and your memories will be tied to his scent. It is very powerful, and you will always have this. He knows that you know. That is why you are with him, not everyone can relate to this kind of bond. Those of us that share it, know what you are going through.

    Sometimes it is never enough just to want them to stay with you. Sometimes…they just have to go. A piece of your heart will go with him, when it is his time.

  74. Mary R.
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    Having lived here in the east on a small farm for 33 years, I know. You have my dearest love.

  75. Jane
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    Such a handsome heartbreaker. Hope he keeps getting better…

  76. Holly
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    My heart aches to hear Frisco is so ill. What you have with your farmily is so very special. This picture of you both speaks volumes of this relationship you have with your animals, and in particular Frisco. I pray your magnet is the answer and he is on his way to a perfect recovery. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

  77. Krisper
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    When you come to care about and love someone, you would be willing to take on their pain, burdens, sorrow, if even for a moment. Those of us who know the love of animals, that goes without even saying.

    Shreve, if even for a moment or a day, I would take first Frisco’s pain, then yours. Tragedy and pain always bring blessing, just hard to see in the pain. A hug, a prayer and many blessings to you and your loves today.

  78. Susie B.
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    Woke this morning with you and Frisco on my mind. So hoping he will pull through. Sometimes, when we have done everything, all we have left to give is love. And, when we have loved the very best we can love, that is the greatest gift. No matter what, you have loved Frisco, and he has loved you in the very best way you both can love. That is a rare and remarkable thing.

  79. Janet
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Love and prayers for a recovery to Frisco.

  80. Judy
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    Oh, my heart is breaking! I am praying for you and a quick recovery for your beloved Frisco.

  81. sal
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    Good thoughts for healing going out to Frisco baby. All together folks, send thoughts of wellness and peace.

  82. sue
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    Many blessings for you and Frisco.

  83. Tracy - Illinois
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    I’m not a regular commenter here, but I do open and follow the posts and photos about once a week.

    Like the many, many other followers here, I am deeply saddened by your news and hope Frisco finds a way to overcome this. Tears for me too reading this post and especially for the last photo. Losing a beloved family member, human or pet, is the worst.

  84. Lindsay
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    <3 Wow… What a tender, beautiful moment. I wish him well and if that isn't in his cards, that he passes peacefully and knows that he was loved dearly.

    xo

  85. Liane B
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Tears. Sending light, love and prayers to you and Frisco.

  86. Kelsey
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    My heart breaks for you.

  87. Bumblebee
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    Love and hugs for both of you and many healing prayers for precious Frisco. Such sad news just breaks my heart. :( Poor little sweetheart. That is just so darling that he hugged you like he did. Awwww……
    Hugs for the lady with the orange kitty in the comment above as well. My heart goes out to both of you. <3

  88. Janet in NYC
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

    Poor Frisco. He does deserve such troubles and neither do you. My thoughts of complete recovery are with you.

  89. Melissa
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    My heart breaks for you Shreve…sending love, strength and healing thoughts for you and Frisco. That’s a lovely picture. His head is almost as big as you body. What an image of love and sweetness!!

  90. leah in IN
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 5:36 am

    May he continue to improve, your love shines through your words and your pictures.

  91. Karyn
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    May all the love and healing thoughts that are surrounding you both now be the difference that tips the scales.

    But your loving energy is what is keeping him fighting I’m sure. Sending love, light and healing energy to your beloved Frisco, and hugs to you during this difficult time.

  92. Theresa Szpila
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Oh, Shreve, my heart and prayers are with you and Frisco. The use of magnets in cattle is not unusual and tends to be very effective. I pray this will prove to be Frisco’s “magic bullet” and that he will now recover fully. Sending hugs and all blessings your way for Frisco!
    Theresa

  93. Torchy
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    My 14-yr old rescue hound chose this last Tuesday to go on around the bend ahead of us. The 6 yr old Lab puppy she raised has waited at the door, slept in her blankets, and otherwise has not been left alone since. Read on line that his pack (of 2) is now gone and he’s grieving. Luckily animals don’t grieve ahead of time. Looks like he solved the “hold me” problem for both of you. I am well aware of the pain. Courage, and a nice shot of JD for you both.

  94. Melissa S
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    You and your sweet baby are in my thoughts. I so hope whatever is ailing him leaves him and he recovers. Such a beautiful boy, who is loved so much. Hugs to you both

  95. Jenny C
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

    Oh dear, oh dear. So sorry you and Frisco going through this and wish him speedy and full recovery! Started reading the post, then had to screw up the courage, close one eye and peer at the end of the post to make sure he was ok. It is probably the best medicine of all for Frisco to sleep in the sun, curled around you. I’ve never heard of a bull doing that – amazing behavior and a stunning photo. You are, as always in my thoughts and prayers.

    @mj #46 – interesting about the magnets. As I read about Frisco and magnet pill, I wondered if all cattle in the farmily would benefit from a magnet pill as preventative measure. You answered that – thx. Wonder if there are any contraindications for it.

  96. sybil
    April 4th, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    Oh sweetie. Hugs. I am so sorry.

  97. Claire Chisholm
    April 4th, 2014 @ 6:29 am

    Both you and Frisco are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love your way! As so many people have already said – the pictures and your words are so meaningful and heart wrenching. You truly are a special person who has touched so many peoples lives in a positive way. I feel so blessed that you share all your farmily!

  98. Ava
    April 4th, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    When Frisco rested his big head on your chest to rest you were truly surrounded by love. And so was he. I happen to believe that love can cure a lot. Not everything, and not always, but even when it can’t, it makes everything else worthwhile. I’m beaming comfort, strength and healing to both of you.

  99. Creekhiker / HollysFolly
    April 4th, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    praying for the best for your boy!! So sorry!

  100. Sherri
    April 4th, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Sending healing thoughts that Frisco makes a full recovery!!!

  101. Aleta
    April 4th, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    All the best and healing thoughts to Frisco and you.

  102. Angela
    April 5th, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    I remember when Frisco was just a baby bull. :)

  103. Martha
    April 5th, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Oh Shreve I am so sorry Frisco isnt feeling well. I hope he gets better. Will be thinking of you and Frisco

  104. Bec
    April 5th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    Oh my heart.

  105. montanarose
    April 5th, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    My heart hurts for you and Frisco, and whatever happens he will know how much and how well he has been loved by you. Hopefully you’ll be laying on his big ol’ back again soon, enjoying the summer sun together.

  106. bp
    April 5th, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    Checking almost hourly for updates. heavy hearted for you both.

  107. Janet in Cambridge MA
    April 5th, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    Frisco, you look so thin. Your mom loves you very much. Please get well. I’m thinking of you and worrying about you. Shreve, I hope you will let us know how this handsome creature is doing.

  108. Eileen
    April 5th, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

    Oh Shreve~my heart goes out to you.
    I know the fear and the pain you are feeling right now. I hope and pray that he overcomes this and for strength for you to bear it~Eileen

  109. Lesley
    April 5th, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    So sorry to hear Frisco is ailing and I send warm and loving thoughts his and your way. His lovely big head is in good hands.

  110. Cynthia
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Shreve, I will never forget Frisco; he is so much like some of my dogs. You have done your All for all the creatures in your care. You gave him a beautiful life and I hope I get to meet him and pet him sometime. The whole world exists the the heart of this wonderful being. Thank you for making him known to us all.

  111. Evette
    April 9th, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Shreve, thank you for creating and shepherding this online community and your family community. My life is richer because of both. Blessings, BLESSINGS, love & light to you and Frisco. I pray that the power of the omnipresent Good will bring you both comfort and healing.

  112. Dana
    April 11th, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    Shreve, came here to post a Happy Birthday message for you, and caught up on your news about your farmily and Frisco… so sad. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for all of your sharing… it’s inspirational.

  113. Jenny C
    April 12th, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    Shreve, just clicked on link to flower essences – wow. Thanks for the tip. I’m grateful for what looks to be an invaluable resource for so many things. Noticed “Grief and Sorrow” on their list and hope there’s comfort and relief if you’ve tried it. xo

  114. Janice R
    April 15th, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    Shreve, I am so very sorry about Frisco, when I could finally get on this site I was so very sadden that Friso had passed. I just sat there and cried for you and for Frisco. Losing a beloved animal is one of the worst pains. Your in my thougts.

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