In the morning’s hush

☆ April 6, 2014


December 18, 2009 – April 4, 2014


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

– Mary Elizabeth Frye


343 Responses to “In the morning’s hush”

  1. Christy
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I am so sorry, Shreve.

  2. Michael Fox
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    I am very sorry to hear this Shreve. I’m going to miss that big guy.

  3. Catherine Deshayes
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    OMG ! Frisco and Ricardo my favorite people, I remember when he was born, I was so happy….He had a great life.
    The poem is fabulous and so true.

  4. Kate
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry!!

  5. Karen
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    So very sorry for your profound loss.

  6. Alyssa
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. :(

  7. Julie
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  8. Janice in GA
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    Aw man, I’m so sorry. :( ((internet hugs))

  9. CeeBee
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    I was so hoping … and am so sorry! He was a part of my life, thanks to your stories about him. I weep with you.

  10. Kathryn
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
    Author Unknown
    With deepest sympathy

  11. Alyxx
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Oh, Shreve,I am sorry…but that poem is perfect. Such love.

  12. Robin
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    It’s comforting to know that beautiful Frisco had such a wonderful, loving life with you. Giant tears are rolling down my face. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  13. Lynne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    I have been hoping the outcome would be different, but at least you KNOW that you did everything you could possibly do to make his passing as pain free as you could.
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss!

  14. KLB
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Thank you for giving him a good life, and sharing that life with us.

  15. Janet M
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    My condolences, Frisco was a beautiful being. It is very sad that he is gone, but wonderful that he was here for a while. Love and hugs to you and the rest of the farmily.

  16. Holly
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. (( hugs))

  17. Cynthia
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    So sorry, Shreve, for all of you. I know this pain. Thank you for giving him the life you did. Love never ends.

  18. Pam
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    I am too sad for you, Shreve. I haven’t any words that could heal your pain and grief. Just know that my heart is as heavy as yours,, & I will be with you in spirit . Frisco’s spirit will live on with all of us because we all loved him.

  19. Theresa Szpila
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    Oh, Shreve,
    I sit here in tears pouring from a cracked heart, and realize once again how fragile life is and how quickly it can slip away from us. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and will remember Frisco always as the gentle and loving giant he was. May you find peace in knowing how much Frisco meant to all who know you and knew him.
    Sending hugs and blessings to you and all the family,

  20. Paige
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  21. Wo
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Frisco’s life as a member of your farmily touched a lot of people. Thank you for sharing him with us and I’m so very sorry for your loss Shreve.

  22. Po
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Tears for you. Good memories You were both lucky, and so were we to share just a bit.

  23. Robin Penrod
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    Oh no! I am crying trying to type my sincere condolences………

  24. Ellen
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Shreve, I’m crying as I type this. I’m sincerely SO very sorry for your loss. Thanks for loving him so much and letting us glimpse your beautiful relationship through images and stories. He will be missed, and was so lucky to have you.

  25. Mary Ann McKenney
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    I am so sorry for you loss.

  26. Ailsa
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    More tears for your gentle giant. I never would have thought, but you were able to capture his dignity and spirit through your words and gorgeous photos. I am so very sorry. Rest in peace handsome Frisco.

  27. volt
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    I’m so sorry.

  28. Lady Anne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    It is odd to weep for an animal you never met, but I am really doing so. After your post the other day, I was hoping Frisco was making a turn for the better. It breaks my heart to read that you have lost him, and I know that is nothing compared to the grief you must feel. It is so touching that the last photo you showed us is him sleeping with his head in your lap. Peace and love to you both.

  29. bp
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    he was loved, protected and cared for his entire life, from conception to his last breath. Very few animals, let alone huge bulls, have that.

  30. bonnie
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    thanks for letting us know. the picture will stay on my wall — now it’s even more of a reminder of everything. sending love and understanding.

  31. DCP
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    So much sorrow. So many tears. So many strangers brought together by love and loss.

  32. Heidi
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    So sorry….. I know those words as a song. Last heard by myself at my choir director’s funeral. Still brings tears.

  33. Joy
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    {{{So, so sorry.}}} Beautiful poem. Tears anyway over here for you and Frisco. The photo you posted of sweet Frisco sleeping on your chest is burned in my memory. What love and trust. Love to you and your farmily from me and my 3 feline critters.

  34. Janey
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. Blessings to all.

  35. Jackie Beck
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    My heart is so hurt for you two. Biggest hurting lump on my throat. Major tears.

    Just don’t know the right words

  36. Julie
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    I hoped for his recovery, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

  37. Mark W.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. I’m sad for your loss, and will keep you, Frisco, and the Farmily in my thoughts.

  38. montanarose
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    So very sorry, Shreve. I saw this written about a dog, but I think it applies to all our animals: “He may only be here for a part of your life, but to him, you are his whole life.” As you obviously were to Frisco. That big guy loved ya!

    I’ll think of the two of you every time I wear my Star Brand Beef t-shirt.

  39. Jerry
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    Shreve, so sorry for your loss.

  40. Melissa Edwards
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing him with us. You are in my prayers.

  41. Sweetpea
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    … being still for a few moments
    in his honor.

  42. Candace
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    I’m sorry to hear he didn’t make it. He seemed a gentle giant.

  43. JaneK
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    I am new to your blog so the last post and this one are the first I have seen of this beautiful boy. Judging from that first picture on this post, you have raised him from a calf. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Marg
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    I am so sorry for your heartache and for mine and your other followers heartaches as well. I think Frisco knew that he wouldn’t make it and wanted to spend that time in the sun with you the other day. What an heroic effort to show his love for you. You must be the only woman in the world who would not mind being called a cow as I’m sure Frisco thought of you as His own special cow.

  45. steph in oregon
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    I am so very sorry and so very sad.
    I never knew how sweet and loving a steer could be–thank you for bringing big little Frisco to my spot in Oregon.
    Thank you, Frisco.

  46. Karin
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    You were so lucky to have shared time under the sun. Happy memories to you always.

  47. Mary R.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing in pictures and in words the journey the two of you took together. I, too, am shedding tears for the loss of your amazing and beautiful friend, and your poem is so moving and inspiring. Peace and love to you.

  48. Bec
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    “My grandmother always said grief is the price we pay for love” Prince William

    I’m so sorry :(

  49. shariu
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Shreve, my heart aches for you. Four us humans, our love for the creatures in our lives brings both joy and pain. But I think, for our animals, love brings only joy and comfort. You were with Frisco when he needed you. He is with you, part of you, forever.

  50. Yaara
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss ♥

  51. Colleen G
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing his beauty in your photos. My heart goes out to you. I am so terribly sad to hear he has passed. Peace and love to you, always.

  52. Jo Davis
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    so very sorry :(

  53. Felyne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    Absolutely painful. All my heart is with you.

  54. Jamie Weaver
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    So very sorry for your loss but what a rare gift you both gave each other. Its such a privilege to follow you and the rest of the Farmily. Kiss Daisy and take care of you. Love and Peace.

  55. Karen
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    Tears fall as I just read! So so sorry. Lost my Dozer 4 months ago and I still mourn. My heart to <3

  56. Erynn
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    More tears and more condolences… sending love.

  57. m.v.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    Perhaps Life knew Frisco’s time would be short so chose someone special who could give him a wonderful life in the short time he had.
    Life chose you.

  58. Marm
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    There is no doubt that Frisco knew how well loved he was. Deepest compassion for your loss.

  59. B
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was truly magnificent.

  60. Jacque S
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  61. susan shelmerdine
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    I am so sorry to see this heartbreaking news. What a good life you gave him, but I am so sorry for your pain now.

  62. Autumn Canter
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

    He was a beautiful fellow. So sorry for you and the rest of the farmily. I am glad you had your cuddle moment in his last days. He knew he was loved and that your tried your best to help him.

  63. Andi
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    I am so very sorry…..
    Do not stand at my grave and cry
    I am not there, I did not die

    I had those 2 lines inscribed on my mother’s gravestone. They are very powerful and meaningful to me.

  64. Patr
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    So very sorry. Wish I could hug you and make it all better…..

  65. Liz
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    I’m so sorry f

  66. Liz
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Such sad news. Sending hugs to you and yours.
    (Sorry for the double post.)

  67. Amy
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    Fresco must have done something very good in a past life to earn a turn as one of your herd. You were the best person you could be for him and he rewarded you with love and a warm spot to lay in the sun. You deserved each other, and there can be no higher compliment.


  68. Anne W.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    my heart aches w/ you, he was so lucky to be loved by you!!!

  69. Nina
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    I am so sorry. There is nothing else that I can say.

  70. Liane B
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    NO!!!!!!! I am so, so sorry.

  71. Vee
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Shreve.

  72. Ellen in Oakland
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Frisco with us–I would give him back to you if I could.

  73. Lisa Brown
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    I am so, so sorry. Sending love to you.

  74. annnoe
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    This just breaks my heart. Shreve, I’m so sorry.

  75. Nina
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    My dear unmet friend,
    It is so hard to lose loved ones, be they 2 or 4 footed. A loving relationship with an animal almost always ends in heartache, but the life journey with them is so very worthwhile. The love they share us is incomparable. My heart aches for you, Mike and the rest of your farmily. The pictures of you with Frisco have touched so many. I hope that knowing that a lot of us share your pain brings some comfort.

  76. Corinne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss!

  77. Juli
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    My darling girl, I am so sorry.
    Whatever we love, deeply becomes a part of us.

  78. Linda Watson
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

    I’m so sorry. What a life he had, and you with him. Blessed be.

  79. Julien Sharp
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Hi Shreve – the photo with you and Frisco in the field – the look on his face – has remained one of my favorite photographs in the world, even a few years later. Sending love. I am so sorry.

  80. carmen
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love and hugs your way…

  81. Pamela
    April 6th, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about Frisco. Thank you for sharing his life stories with all of us who read your blog. I can’t help but think that although he had a shorter life with you than hoped for, it was such an absolutely wonderful and great one.

  82. Sandi
    April 6th, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    He was lucky to be loved so deeply. Peace and love to you.

  83. Bev
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss Shreve. Frisco was loved and cherished and will be missed by all here.

  84. mjo
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    Shreve, I am so sorry. You had a magnificent bond. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  85. Danielle
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    I am so very sorry Shreve. The love you have for all the creatures you share your life with is always so present in your photos and writing, and I know what a heartbreaking loss this is for you. Frisco was such a lucky bovine to have had such a life full of love and happiness, and he will always have a special place in our hearts (despite only knowing him through your lovely photos). My very deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  86. Laura
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    oh no, I was so hoping not to see this. So sorry for your loss. God Bless you for the wonderful life you gave Frisco. He is the most beautiful baby cow. His love will live on with you forever.

  87. Evelyn
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:34 pm


    I am so sorry to read of Frisco’s passing. He always sounded like a very special “boy” who led a very special life

  88. ChristineV
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    So sorry. But his life was blessed with you. Be comforted by that.

  89. Beverly
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    so much love and sadness at once..he had so much love and life while he was with heart is heavy..hugs to you

  90. mlaiuppa
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

    Oh, no.

    Sorry, but I’m weeping. I’m crying.

    Even though I never met Frisco nor ever would, I still mourn his loss.

  91. Jeanne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

    So, so very sorry for your loss. I’m positive he knew he was tremendously loved by you…..and vice versa. My thoughts are with you, and while your heart will be permanently marked, I hope it heals soon.

  92. Jean Moraga
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

    Oh, Shreve, my heart aches for you. The love you gave were felt so deeply and will return to you again and again. My prayers for your healing.

  93. Roxie
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

    My deepest condolences for your great loss.

  94. Margo Lloyd
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    I am sorry.I had a feeling when there was no posting. I like so many posting here am sharing tears with you. It is so special to love animals and our broken hearts are still worth having known them. They enrich our lives.

  95. Hall
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    So very very sorry for your loss… there was something so special about the connection between you two.

  96. pogonip
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    He’s safe now, but you’ve lost a friend. I’m so sorry.

  97. Scotty
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    ranching sux.

  98. Anna
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    Life is precious. Love is a gift. Though one is ephemeral, the other is wrapped around you forever.

  99. AussieAndrea
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:19 am

    Shreve, words are inadequate, so sorry for your loss. Vale Frisco, safe travels, dear one.

  100. Claudia
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    I am so very sorry to read this. Frisco certainly made an impact on so many people and he will be remembered. You are in my thoughts.

  101. Jen
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:28 am

    Frisco was a lovely, giant member of the farmily. Very sad to see him go.

  102. Betsy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:41 am


    I’ve been following this blog and Charlie’s blog since the very beginning. My deepest condolences for this devastating loss.

  103. Amanda
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:57 am

    There are no words. Thank you for sharing his life with us

  104. Sal
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    What a loss to the Farmily- thank goodness for reams of memories. My heart goes out to you, positive energy and healing winging your way.

  105. Claire
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    I am so sorry Shreve for your loss – so many grew to love Frisco in your shared moments and pictures with him in your life. Love and prayers from Nova Scotia.

  106. TomT
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    Damn that’s a tough one. He was so young. I’m happy you got to build a relationship with such a magnificent beast. I envy that part but my heart breaks for you now.

  107. Janet in Cambridge MA
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:52 am

    Oh, Shreve, I am so sorry for your loss. I send you hugs and comfort to help in your sadness. He was a beautiful sweet creature and he was so beloved.

  108. Rachyl
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:54 am

    Sending love your way.

  109. Kazza the Blank One
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this :(

  110. bekka
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    You and your farmily are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m very sorry for your loss!

  111. Bumblebee
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    Oh, no….. I prayed and prayed for this precious Big Guy. Ricardo must have met him at the gate! I’ll meet them both when I get up there one day!
    I am SO sorry sweetie. What a terrible loss for all of us. I doubt any Bull was ever loved, cared for and treated so beautifully in their life, as he was!
    Love the poem….
    Many hugs to you…..

  112. Mary C
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    I am so very sorry. As so many others posted, tears are falling off my cheeks – many of us have lost an animal that was a part of the family and remember that inner sadness. Your photos always capture emotion that we can feeling just by viewing. From one of you followers, I send you love and hugs.

  113. Joy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    I join the many others who are receiving the news of Frisco’s death. I am just so sorry. It is interesting how we, your readers, have come to care so much about you and the farmily, though we have only met in the virtual community. …but we DO care and grieve with you.

  114. Holly
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:25 am

    I am so very, very sad for you Shreve….I am in tears that Frisco has gone. Thinking of you and sending hugs and love…..
    I too, remember when he was born, and how happy you were, and when you posted his name. He truly was a gentle giant with a huge soul.

  115. Dogmom
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:31 am

    Oh, Shreve, my heart is broken, and I know yours is so far beyond that. Bless that giant heart. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  116. Kim
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:32 am

    My heart breaks for you. :( I am so very sorry. :(

  117. Jamie, Mom of 3
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    So very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, loving, life you gave him, and all the living things in your care. He and the rest of your family, have been blessed beyond messure. Peace to you.

  118. Jenny C
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    Ohhh nooo… my heart skipped two beats when I read this terrible news, and now it breaks for you, sweet girl. I’m so very, very sorry. As I said to Mike when he lost Houdini, I wish I could take the grief, if only for a little while, so you could at least catch your breath. It’s the relentlessness of grief that brings us to our knees. It will get better with time and with the comfort of wonderful memories, but until then, ugh. Breathe when it wants to take you under.

    Your beautiful, gentle giant was the luckiest bull in the whole world to love and be loved by you. As Pam (18) said, “Frisco’s spirit will live on with all of us because we all loved him.”

    Hugs to you, tears with you, prayers for you.

  119. Sarah
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:49 am

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. I loved hearing stories about your beautiful boy. May he rest in peace.

  120. Caitlin
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    Frisco was loved by people around the world, but he was your boy. You gave him the best life a cow could ever wish for and immeasurable love that he returned in full. Thank you for sharing his life with us.

  121. sue
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    so sorry.
    blessings to you, and to Frisco on his journey.

  122. kathy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Not Forgotten by Alexandra Day

    A door called death has closed between us – for the moment.

    But could a little thing like that break the bond of love and understanding between us, who have been so close?

    Of course not.

    Having left behind the body which no longer served me, I can be with you always and everywhere;
    on long delicious walks, at quiet times, and lively times, alone, among friends new and old.

    Let my excitement with life still brighten your days.

    As long as there is a place in your heart which is the shape of me, I will be with you.

    One day you too will come through the door, and we will be together in glorious ways we have yet to understand.

  123. Karen
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    I’m so sorry, Shreve :(

  124. Alice
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Shreve. I will never forget the picture of him snuggling up to you with his big head on your chest, almost like a little kid snuggling with mom when they don’t feel well. *Hugs*

  125. Leisa
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:07 am

    I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing his life with us. Praying for you and Mike and the family. RIP Frisco – you were loved.

  126. Lisa
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    Oh, Shreve, I’m so sorry.

  127. Wendy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    I am so sorry. It’s never easy to lose someone you love, and Frisco was so clearly loved. He was very lucky to have you, and you him. *HUGS*

  128. Linda Lu
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    Shreve, I’m sitting here crying along with all these other “friends” for the loss that you are sharing with us. Frisco was such a magnificent, gentle guy and you can tell by the pictures that you have posted that there was a love and trust between the two of you that cannot be compared to anything else. Thank you so much for sharing his life with us. I can remember when you posted that he was born. There just isn’t enough words to let you know how everyone feels, but I think with all these posts combined you get the message of how many people love you and your farmily.

  129. lisa
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    oh shreve, i am so sorry. i had been thinking about you both all week. please know my thoughts continue to be with you. xo

  130. Meg
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    I am so so very sad to hear this news. Not all that long ago bulls made me nervous due to their huge size, but you always posted so many pictures and stories of the kindness of them. I love the picture of you and Frisco laying in the field in pure bliss. Last year because of your amazing stories of Frisco, I put my nerves aside and actually met a bull named Hank. I don’t think I could have ever done that if I had not seen the friendship, trust and compassion you shared with Frisco. Sending healing vibes to both you, Mike and the entire family.

  131. Amanda M
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    Were they able to determine the cause? It had sounded like he was getting better. :(

  132. Deborah
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I hope your memories of him bring you peace. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

  133. MKH
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    The very best to you. RIP, Frisco!

  134. Laurie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Rest In Peace Frisco
    So Sad :(

  135. paula
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    My heart aches for you, Shreve. I am so sorry. Heartfelt condolences to you and Mike.

  136. Terry V.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this news, Shreve. I sit in my office on a Monday morning, and tears are running down my face, my heart aches for you. Frisco was loved by so many who never even met the big guy. He had the best life.

    RIP, Frisco.

  137. Mimi
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    I am so, so sorry…

  138. Phyllis Schmidt
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    I’m crying as I read this. Frisco was too young and beautiful to die. We all share your heartbreak.

  139. Susie B.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    The loss is incomprehensible. May the love you shared with your wonderful animal heal the pain and carry you forward.

  140. Taryn
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Hard to imagine and believe that such a huge boy could be so fragile. I am so sorry for your loss, Shreve. That poem was perfect.

  141. Deborah
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    I am crying over a cow I’ve never met. The internet is a strange and wonderful place. Thank you for sharing your life with us. So sorry for your loss.

  142. Regine
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    My heart goes out to you both. Blessings.

  143. Sharon
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    This poem is very beautiful. I’m sorry, Shreve.

  144. Amy in AMA
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    Frisco ~ we will remember him well.

  145. Elly
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    Much love your way x

  146. Melanie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I’m so sorry, losing a family member is the hardest thing.

  147. nancys
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    5 wonderful years to be touched by his gentle soul. Still, I’m so sorry for your loss, and ours – I loved his stories and pictures you posted.

  148. Leslie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Frisco. The above poem is beautiful. Sending much love and light your and the farmily’s way.

  149. Anna
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    “There are moments that hold aeons of separation. Yet parting is naught but an exhaustion of the mind. Perhaps we have not parted.”
    by Kahlil Gibran

    May Frisco rest in peace and may you find comfort in your loving memories! So sorry, Shreve.

  150. mj
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the members of the Farmily. Frisco’s presence will be missed by all.

    Just like with a human’s passing, your stories and memories will keep Frisco alive. He joins Ricardo and will be there to welcome any other members of the Farmily when their time comes.

  151. Kerry H
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    I am weeping with my heart for your heartache. No loss compares to the kind of hurt a person has when an animal friend is gone.

  152. Dawn
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. Frisco saw so much love in his too short time on Earth. From you to him, from you to the Farmily, from them all to you and to each other. His soul is in the wherever it is all creature go when our time here is up and he is spreading that love to the other souls who were not lucky enough to have the same Earthly Experience he did.

  153. kellig
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  154. Marine
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    I am so sorry Shreve, I grieve with you.1st time your blog brings tears to my eyes.
    And yet, what luck to have shared these few years with Frisco. Short but beautiful years and you’ll always have that. Sending you love and healing thoughts.

  155. Janine
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    I was afraid to check today…I am so sorry for your loss. What a big love! This picture perfectly portrays your love for each other. May it bring you some peace. xo

  156. wright1
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Hail to the great-horned and great-hearted one. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  157. Sheryl
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    I am so sorry.

  158. Kelley Rico
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    I also was very much hoping not to see this sad news; sending you love and light and will continue to do so.

  159. Rose
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  160. L.E. Bradford
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. He touched so many lives, and he will be missed by us all.

  161. Dana
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I have prayed that God would put his healing hands on Frisco. He will be greatly missed by all that have followed his story.

  162. taffy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Beautiful friend so gentle and dear.
    He certainly knew he was loved!
    Words from the Bambi song that has helped me so often when i’ve lost a special animal friend:

    Love is a song that never ends
    Life may be swift and fleeting
    Hope may die yet love’s beautiful music
    Comes each day like the dawn

    Love is a song that never ends
    One simple theme repeating
    Like the voice of a heavenly choir
    Love’s sweet music flows on

    Thank you for sharing that love with all of us!

  163. Chatelaine
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    I’m so so so very sorry for you loss. The relationship you have with your farmily is amazing. The care and love that you gave to Frisco is so special.

  164. Chris
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I am sorry, my heart aches for you. Hugs to you and the rest of the farmily.

  165. Fred
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:23 am


    Sorry to hear about Frisco’s passing. We were all hoping the cow magnet would provide the cure.

    When my beloved Ridgeback dog died suddenly at only three years old, I took two days off work and couldn’t talk about it for days. Family and friends offered condolences and the thing I heard that was most helpful and comforting, surprisingly, was from a neighbor whose dogs often played with mine at a neighborhood school yard. She said, “Ya know, shit happens, that is just the way it is.” Reflecting on that and acknowledging it was soothing to me. That and also all the good memories of times spent with the dog and hoping that there really is a Rainbow Bridge that will reunite us with our pets.

    Thanks for sharing Frisco with us. You provided some entertaining and amusing stories. One that makes me smile is when you told us how, in order to get his cooperation and keep him calm while administering medicine, or maybe it was with the poultice, you were stroking his balls.

  166. Tracy - Illinois
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    When I was dealing with the death of my first cat back in 2003, (I had him for a long 16 years) I found this and it helped me. I’ve kept it for there have been 2 others that passed on since. One was expected (18 year old kitty), the other not (2.5 years old kitty – heart attack). I used this to help my husband with his grief over the unexpected one. Tears are inevitable, but they are proof of our love. My dearest condolences Shreve.

    How long will the pain last?
    by Ginny Brancato (Fificat)…………………………………..
    “How long will the pain last?” a broken hearted mourner asked me.
    “All the rest of your Life.” I have to answer truthfully. We never quite forget. No matter how many years pass, we remember. The loss of a loved one is like a major operation. Part of us is removed, and we have a scar for the rest of our lives. As the years go by, we manage.
    There are things to do, people to care for, tasks that call for full attention. But the pain is still there, not far below the surface. We see a face that looks familiar, hear a voice that echoes, see a photograph in our album, see a fireplace that once we shared, and it seems as though a knife were in the wound again. But not so painfully. And mixed with joy, too. Because remembering a happy time is not all sorrow, it brings back happiness with it.
    How long will the pain last?
    All the rest of your life. But the thing to remember is that not only will the pain last, but the blessed memories as well. Tears are proof of life. The more love, the more tears. If this be true, then how could we ever ask that the pain cease altogether. For then the memory of love would go with it.
    The pain of grief is the price we pay for love.

  167. Ralph
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Tragedy does incinerate everything that is not important. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing this wonderful fellow spirit with us all.

  168. NG in NH
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    Oh, no — I just saw this sad news. I’m so very sorry for you, and hope it offers some measure of comfort that so many people are holding you in their thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs to all.

  169. Felis Sidus
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    Shreve, I am so very sorry. But I also am so very grateful that you had each other and that you shared this great heart with us. Thank you.

  170. Eija Bucciarelli
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    So so sorry, if there only were better words!!??!!…. even so I can hardly see through my tears I just want to give you this “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you….I loved you so- ’twas Heaven here with you” by I.P. Richardson

  171. Marva
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    So sorry, Shreve. So sad about this news. As someone said, it is hard to understand that a gentle giant could be so fragile. Like our hearts. Sending big hugs from California and a tiny smile at the thought of Ricardo and Frisco together.

  172. Laura
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    I’m so sorry. I truly believe the Rainbow Bridge exists.

  173. kat
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Oh no! So sorry, so sad.

  174. Amber
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    Ah, so sad to see this. He was one fucking awesome animal. He was loved deeply from the moment he was born to the moment he died – may we all be so blessed.

  175. Barbara
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    He had a beautiful life with you and died knowing he was loved.

  176. Ingrid R.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    So sorry you lost Frisco. You had many defining moments together, you shared with us and touched us all.

  177. Alyson Mahon
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    I am so, so sorry, Shreve….

  178. TB
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for the farmily’s loss. :(

  179. Lyn and Gary
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    Shreve, we are so very, very sorry. Many hearts share your grief through these pages. Blessings, Lyn and Gary

  180. Ava
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    Oh Shreve, I’m so sorry. I wish words could somehow ease your pain and grief. You loved your gentle big boy every day of his life, and made sure his was an excellent life. That’s a huge gift. It probably doesn’t make saying goodbye to him now much easier, but it will be a comfort and grace in time. You and Frisco and your farmily are in my thoughts.

  181. Faye
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    Rest in peace, dear Frisco, gentle giant. Shreve, you and Mike and the entire Farmily are in my thoughts. Thank you for sharing your joy and your sorrow with all of us. Sending love and light.

  182. kay
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    You will always be intertwined with each other in love. The poem is beautiful and true, as is your life and his. Sending love your way.

  183. Siobhan
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    I had SO hoped he’d pull through. What awful news.

  184. Deanna
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Over 2000 miles away and I’m in an absolute puddle about an animal I have never touched. But Frisco touched me…from the beginning. The poem helps. But still. I’m so sorry, Shreve, so sorry.

  185. Elizabeth
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    Know that you are joined in your mourning by so many of us readers who cherish these animals that we have never met because of the love they so clearly share with you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

  186. Jane
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    so sorry…

  187. Miranda Brooks
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your animal friend and best wishes to him on his next journey and for you to meet again when it is your turn to cross over.

  188. Corri
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Sad news. He was a magnificent fellow.

  189. Charly
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    What sad news – I was so hoping he would manage to pull through somehow. Like so many of your readers, I have been really touched by your pictures and stories about Frisco and his gentle spirit, and I will never forget that last lovely photo. He has set the bar high for any future bulls in your farmily.

    I loved the poem – we read it at my parents’ funerals last summer, and it was very comforting. Best wishes to you, Shreve–

  190. hello haha harf
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    rest in peace, gentle frisco. know that you made a difference to so many.

  191. Mirjam
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    So sorry, brought a tear to my eye…. Much love your way.

  192. Suzy Soro (@HotComesToDie)
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    Oh Shreve, I’m so sorry about Frisco. You are the best bovine mommy of all time, so he went knowing he was loved.

  193. kathi littrell
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    There is no other love like that of a beloved animal. Love never dies…

    So sorry for your loss.


  194. Lindsey
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Oh, no! I am so sorry and sad. RIP sweet Frisco. May memories of his strength and love help you through your grief dear Shreve.

  195. Kathleen
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    A thousand condolences, I am so sad about this news. These are the days where the circle of life gets really hard. May you find peace through this, for you are better for knowing him and he continues to live through you ~ K

  196. Annie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    So, so sorry to hear. What an amazing relationship you had with Frisco.

  197. Meg A.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    I am so very incredibly sorry for your loss, Shreve. Animals are such a gift to us, they give so much to us throughout their lives and never ask for much in return. The love you and he shared will live on.

  198. Bruce
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    What a beautiful boy with such a wonderful soul.
    His spirit sores above watching over all.

  199. JoJo
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    My heart is heavy for you and your entire farmily. Thanks for sharing your gentle giant with us. Peace be with you.

  200. Julie F.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    our hearts break open and tears pour forth…you loved him and he loved you in return. All we can ask for…if we knew from the beginning how short our love would go on, I think we would not be able to stand up under the pain. Shining, like the brilliance of the sun, our love. I knew when I read your last post that his time was coming, I don’t know how I knew, but I did. I could tell from how your wrote. I’m so sorry.

  201. Nan
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

    So so sorry to learn of the loss of your lovely & magnificent Frisco. It is so hard to be forced to say good-bye to a loved one and the words of others don’t always help very much. But I hope your heart heals and becomes all the stronger for having known him.

  202. Maryanne
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    Oh, what a sorry time! My condolences go out to you and the family.

  203. penny in co
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    Hey Shreve. I had to leave work I was crying! Crazy but as your online friends know…we love your farmily like we know them. And grieve for them. I am so sorry that it was his time. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a gentle soul.

  204. ClaireB
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    Frisco- I told my 6 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 horses (the horses from the rescue ranch) to go greet you. You are so loved by Shreve & the farmily. Plus us followers felt so close to you through Shreve’s words.
    Shreve – I so sorry Frisco left this world so soon. I know your heart is breaking. Continue to write and when you’re ready let us know how things are going.
    The pic of you and Frisco in the meadow has always been my favorite.

  205. Barbara Malburg
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Shreve my heart breaks for you. I’m so very sorry for your pain. Sending you hugs, sympathy and love.

  206. Karen
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

    Dear Shreve, Frisco gave us so much entertainment with his stories and pictures. I’m truly grateful for him, and grieve along with you. Thank you, Frisco!

  207. Katb
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

    1000 miles away and I still can’t help but cry for you and your boy. I’m so, so sorry Shreve. :(

  208. Maggie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    Shreve, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You gave Frisco a wonderful life and he was much loved. Please know that we are all thinking about you at this difficult time.

  209. Deborah
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    I’ve been lax on checking in to HRD, due to life’s business, but I checked today! Oh, my!!! I can’t believe Frisco is gone. I remember when he came to BE! I am so, so sorry to hear of this immense loss! He was a magnificent creature, so loved by YOU, Shreve… and your readers. But what a charmed and loved life he lead under your stewardship. He was one of the lucky ones. I don’t know what else to say, other than I feel your lossand I am so sorry.
    (((BIG HUGS)))

  210. Nancy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Frisco!
    I was hoping he would pull through.
    But I am glad that he had such a wonderful life with you!

  211. carmel
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    Sorry to hear the sad news:( He was lucky he had you in his lifetime:) Rest up big guy.

  212. Jeanette
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    I’ve been checking back every day since your last post. Am sorry for this loss. Take care of yourself.

  213. BB/VA
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    Condolences to you and all the Farmily, Shreve. I know he will be waiting for you on the other side.

    I truly believe there is more to life than this world, and those we loved who have gone before will greet us when we enter the next phase.

    Blessings and healing to you all.

  214. yvonne
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    sorry for the loss of him…he was such a magnificent fellow.

  215. TT in MD
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    awwww I’m so sorry – Frisco – you were a great bull and we loved to see you.

    The first picture is so very sweet.

    I know this is part of a farm but still difficult. my thoughts are with you too Shreve.

  216. Martha E.
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    I’m so sad to hear this Shreve. Frisco was so beloved. Be well. Namasté

  217. Melissa S
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    My heart and soul ache for your loss. He seemed like such a beautiful soul and he was so loved. May you find peace and comfort with time. Thank you for sharing him with us all. HUgs

  218. Joyce Bell
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    Shreve you gave Frisco a wonderful life. In your previous post, Frisco released into sleep on your self. What a tender way to say I’m here and I love you to your beautiful boy. Au revoir, Frisco.

  219. Michelle
    April 7th, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

    So very sorry.

  220. CM Hooper
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:02 pm

    Fly high Frisco, fly high… Namaste…

  221. Jeff Thomas
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    So majestic.
    He belongs to infinity now.

  222. Karyn
    April 7th, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    No word to express what I feel, or any to make your heart ache less. He was loved – oh so well. Can any of us ask for more in this life? Hugs to you.

  223. Teaspoon
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. Wishing you what peace and comfort you may find.

  224. Joanna
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    Be kind to your heart in your time of sadness.

  225. mimi
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    Shreve…this last week I couldn’t stop thinking of Frisco and you, then all day today, then all night tonight…goodnight sweet, sweet Angelbaby and thank you for coming into our lives. xoxoxo

  226. Margaret
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    So sorry to hear the news! We will all miss the gentle giant!

  227. Frances
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:42 am

    Oh no no no no no…. I thought he was on the mend! What sad news :-(

  228. Melissa
    April 8th, 2014 @ 3:02 am

    Dear Shreve….I’m so sorry Frisco didn’t make it! I, along with everyone else, thought the magnet would do the trick. He was such a gentle bull and while you were blessed to have such a great animal in your life, Frisco was even more blessed by having you. You saved his life when you saved Daisy and the love you shared was oh so very special. He will always remain in your heart, as well as in the hearts of all who got to know him through your generosity of sharing your life with us all. Frisco and Ricardo are now reunited…friends together forever. Sending love and healing to you and the farmly.<3<3<3

  229. Loretta
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    I’ve been following you here since you opened this blog – another reader from the Daily Coyote. I watched Frisco’s story as you told it, and my heart goes out to you. You are fantastic, and he was and always will be fantastic.

    I hope Mike, your family and friends, Charlie and the farmily can give you the solace you need.

    The world has a bull-shaped hole in it. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  230. Charlene
    April 8th, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    I was so hoping he would be okay. I’m so sorry for your loss, Shreve.

  231. Steph Nelson
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    Sad for your loss. So sorry!

  232. Ana
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    I am so very sorry… I’m sitting at my desk on a trading floor in New York City and am weeping for your loss…

    Frisco… That beautiful, majestic, remarkable, gentle giant.

    You do not know me, but please know that this heart in NY feels for you and grieves with you.

  233. Liza
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Shreve, I’m so sorry for your loss. You gave Frisco a wonderful life. I’m sorry he left you so soon.

  234. karsmitty
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    I just came back here to see if Frisco was improving, and saw this post. My heart just fell. I’m so very sorry Shreve. This is heart wrenching news.

  235. Charlotte
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    I’m so sorry about Frisco. Our animals come into our lives, twine themselves around our hearts, and give us love. But their lives are all too short, and we grieve their loss. I’ll be thinking of you and sending all my love.

  236. Anita
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    Shreve –

    My heart goes out to you……….

    Grieve not, nor speak of my with tears,
    but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you.
    I loved you so –
    T’was heaven here with you.

    Isla Paschal Richardson

  237. Martha
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Oh Shreve I am so sorry. My heart is breaking with yours.

  238. Tracey
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Frisco will be terribly missed, he had a special soul…..and I think he was a bit of a soul mate to you…..take care.

  239. jay
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    I lost an animal on Sunday as well. When I saw the poem, it captured just how I feel, or how I want to feel.

  240. Ingrid
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    How lucky Frisco was to have you by his side. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  241. Jennifer Brost
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Shreve. I’ve been following you since Charlie was little and I have grown to love you and your farmily. You’re in my thoughts. Much love to you!

  242. Katie
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Oh Shreve! I’ve been checking in to see how Frisco was progressing as it sounded like he was feeling a bit better. I, like most readers, assumed that the love, devotion, special attention and outside-the-box medical treatments you give to your animals would help overcome the vet’s prognosis. I’ve been trying to figure out how to express how devastated I am to hear of Frico’s passing. I wish I could take away the hurt and brokenheartedness from you, Mike, Daisy and the rest of the farmily! We are all feeling those with you! Frisco was a special boy with many adventures – seems like he was always getting into something! I’ll never look at cows (or bulls) the same way after being a part of his journey since birth (dog + horse = cow). I’m so sad to see that his path was shorter than we all would like. Many condolences, much love and huge hugs sent your way from Colorado!!

  243. Gabriela
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    A big Frisco-shaped hole left in all our hearts to be sure. May your heart and soul be soothed by all the love that surrounds and lifts you and the knowledge that no bull ever had it so good or wa so very much loved and admired.

  244. Gabriela
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    A big Frisco-shaped hole left in all our hearts to be sure. May your heart and soul be soothed by all the love that surrounds and lifts you and the knowledge that no bull ever had it so good or was so very much loved and admired.

  245. janaki
    April 8th, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    my heart breaks for you. i have been following you and the farmily from the beginning when charlie was a mere pup following his feline brother around. i know i cannot possibly be feeling the grief you are feeling but know there’s a population out there that breathes every breath with you daily and loves every sentient being you have given a perfect life, and now death (ricardo included) to. thank yo

  246. Debbie
    April 8th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. I know he was well loved and you gave him a good life.

  247. Nancy
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    So special a love…so special a time…so special a loss. I grieve with you.

  248. Toni
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Shreve i am so sorry to hear of your loss. i suffer from a cow fetish that you have fed with your wonderful words and pics. i have pics of Frisco here at work and at home and have cried my eyes out since i heard the news. he left a big hole to be filled but i am certain the rest of the farmily will try to keep your mind and hands busy. good bye gentle frisko. your loved more than you could ever know! rest easy my friend and say hi to ricardo

  249. Hemma
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    Oh Shreve, I am so so sorry for your huge (literally and figuratively) loss. It was a shock to me when I saw your post. He was so young and you are such a healer that I was not prepared for this outcome. What a great life he lived thanks to you. He was one of the very lucky few. Thank you so much for sharing your devotion to him with us. Your photos with him and of him are breathtaking. Sending you healing and light.

  250. LJ
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, it sucks.
    Frisco knows he is loved.

  251. Deb
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    I’m glad you had the time with him (and he with you) that you did. Far too short. I can only imagine what a loss in your life. It’s heartbreaking to me! I’d hoped that he would pull through with your love and skill.
    It’s fortunate that you have so many great photos and memories to wrap yourself in during this most challenging time.
    Thank you for sharing his great heart and personality with us. I’m touched and teary at the loss of your dear friend and companion. You’ve experienced a lot this past year.
    You’re in my heart and thoughts …

  252. JT
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    Shreve, my deepest condolences. I am sorry for your loss. Frisco had the best life, cut too short.

  253. Rhonda
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    Thank you for sharing him with us. I am so sorry for the sadness you are feeling right now.

  254. Lis
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    Oh honey ~ My heart hurts for you. Mr Frisco will not be forgotten…he has touched all of us with his gentle soul and kissable face. He truly was beyond words special. Hugs from the Western shores of the Pacific. xoxo.

  255. Diane
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    Oh, dear. I am so very sorry.
    So sorry.
    Thinking of you.

  256. Eni
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    I am so sorry, Shreve. This is my second time reading those sad, sad words, yet I am still at a loss for words.

  257. lisa s
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    So sorry. I also followed his life on this site and will miss his sweetness..Thank you for sharing.

  258. beth
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    Oh, Shreve. I am so, so sorry for the loss of your sweet Frisco. Sending light and good thoughts your way.

  259. Karen
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    No, no, no….I am so sorry Shreve!! I know we all mourn with you!

  260. Blythe Myers
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Please accept my condolences on your loss. Stay strong – you have many wonderful memories to comfort you.

  261. Celia
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    I haven’t got the right words, and the ones you chose say it all anyway. Please know my thoughts are with you [insert all the caring and comfort I can embody].

  262. Sue Perrin
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    It is so hard to lose an animal family member. He had a great life with you. So sorry.

  263. C Lo
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    I am so so heartbroken for you. If it’s any consolation, a stranger you’ve never met is sitting at a desk in California crying over your boy.

    I’m sorry.

  264. Luci
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! It’s so hard to lose a member of your family!

  265. ChrisH
    April 8th, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

    It’s so hard to lose a beautiful friend like that. I hope you’ll accept my condolences.

  266. Janet in NYC
    April 8th, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    Shreve, I am just finding out now. Poor guy. I know how much you tried to help him and I can only imagine how much you miss him. The tribute to Frisco in poetry is beautiful and perfect.

  267. Susie Q
    April 8th, 2014 @ 6:44 pm


  268. Lori
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    No words. My heart goes out to you.

  269. Kira
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Your stories and pictures of Frisco taught me that bulls can be gentle, and for that I thank you. I too know the special heart wrenching pain of losing a beloved animal, and I’m praying for you and the farmily.

  270. Mountain Found Designs
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    Oh Shreve, My heart…. you helped us all know and love your best bull. I am so sorry. My favorite photo of you two. xoxo

  271. pumpkin
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss. <3 to you and your farmily…

  272. Krisper
    April 8th, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    It may not be the same pain, but I know your pain. Time flew by with that love. it was also too short. For a long while, not a day will go by that you don’t yearn for that love. Then, slowly that yearning will change- you will still love and miss, but it will get better.and if you will keep your heart open, another love will come along that you will wonder- did my giant love send me this new love?!

    May your memories and your great love carry you through this most difficult time. Keep your heart open.

  273. Lindsay
    April 9th, 2014 @ 6:01 am

    Oh Shreve….. I sit here and type this with my heart in my throat and tears streaming down my face… I’m so, so incredibly sorry. 1,568 days just wasn’t enough time on earth with dear sweet Frisco.

    Cherish the moments you shared together and hold them near and dear to your heart. I am comforted in knowing that someday, when your time is near, and much like most of us animal lovers here alike, we will all reunited someday in a far away land where time is endless and there is nothing, nothing at all that can hold us back from forever and everlasting love and happiness.

    Sending mad love and tons of hugs from near Toronto, Canada. My sincerest and dearest condolences to you and yours.

    <3 <3

  274. Marla
    April 9th, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Shreve, I am so very sorry for your loss. You gave Frisco a quality life unlike any other. We all fell in love with him through your writings and photographs . . . May your heart be filled with all the wonderful memories of your special relationship. He will be with you always. Hugs to the entire Farmily

  275. Judy
    April 9th, 2014 @ 9:34 am

    Oh Shreve, so so sorry, words cannot express. The love you shared will always be there to be rekindled at The Rainbow Bridge.

  276. Molly
    April 9th, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    I am so sorry, but oh, what a wonderful life Frisco had!

  277. sybil
    April 9th, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    Oh Shreve. I am so sorry.

  278. sue c
    April 9th, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

    Go well, Frisco xx

  279. Laurel
    April 9th, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    It’s a little comfort to know he had such a good life with you, Shreve!

  280. Flame
    April 9th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    So very, very sorry for your loss. He had a wonderful life with you. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.

  281. Erynn
    April 9th, 2014 @ 7:41 pm


  282. Roberta
    April 9th, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    How lucky you were to have him in your life. He was just beautiful.

  283. Ticia
    April 9th, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    I am just heart broken to hear this. Holding you in my heart.

  284. goddess
    April 9th, 2014 @ 11:01 pm


  285. Kathy
    April 9th, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

    I am so so sorry for the loss of Frisco. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  286. Michele
    April 10th, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    So sorry, Shreve.

  287. Elizabeth
    April 10th, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Shreve, we are heartbroken. Thank you for sharing Frisco with us, he brought joy to our hearts. I hope you find Frisco all around you for the rest of your days.

  288. Vickie
    April 10th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    :( RIP Frisco

  289. Vickie Zimmerman
    April 10th, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    I just saw your very sad news about Frisco! I’m so sorry for your inconsolable loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers! He will be there in your heart always, and you in his!

  290. Melissa
    April 10th, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    So very sorry for your loss :(

    Through your photography I could tell Frisco was a great spirit, I’m sure he’s watching over the whole Farmily now.

  291. Hannah
    April 10th, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    I lost my Doberman earlier this year and this poem brought me a bit of comfort. I hope it does the same for you. Go gently, dear Frisco. You were so, so loved.

    So this is where we part, my friend,
    and you’ll run on, around the bend,
    gone from sight, but not from mind,
    new pleasures there you’ll surely find.
    I will go on, I’ll find the strength,
    life measures quality, not its length.
    One long embrace before you leave,
    share one last look, before I grieve.
    There are others, that much is true,
    but they be they, and they aren’t you.
    And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
    will remember well all you’ve taught.
    Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed,
    the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
    And as you journey to your final rest,
    take with you this…I loved you best.

  292. bonnie
    April 10th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

    thanks for the post hannah (290). my oldest border collie checked out a few weeks ago, and this poem pretty much sums things up. and it is helpful to know that others have known that deep bond with their animal companions.

  293. Terry
    April 10th, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss of Frisco. He was truly a magnificent being and very lucky to have found a place in your heart.

  294. Maddy
    April 10th, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    <3 sending love and condolences your way.

  295. Sandy G.
    April 10th, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

    So very sad. I am so sorry. Thanks for sharing.

  296. Carolyn L.
    April 11th, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    So very sorry.

  297. Gabi
    April 11th, 2014 @ 1:20 am

    I have been avoiding your site because I was afraid of this and now, here it is. I am so very sorry and so very sad. Sweet boy with the soulful eyes, you will be greatly missed.

  298. lenje
    April 11th, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    Oh dear, I’m really, really sorry to know this. I’m grieving with you, sincerely. We readers practically grow up with your farmily members, they’ve become our farmily members too (although city slicks like me don’t farm). Frisco will be missed a lot, but I take comfort that he had a joyful life, and he’s now joining Ricardo and others (including my late pups) in the animal heaven.

  299. Donna
    April 11th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    Sending my condolences from up in Langley, BC, Canada. I love your website and even though I don’t know you or your pets, I feel like I do through your website. I’m so sorry to hear about Frisco. He was such a big, beautiful boy. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!

  300. Heidi
    April 11th, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    You’re the best mama any critter could ever want, Shreve. Frisco was fortunate to be loved by you, and I’m sorry for your loss.

  301. Wendy B.
    April 11th, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    I am not a “cow” person per se…but your love for your beasts was so strong it came through in every post, and I looked forward to pictures. I am so sorry. Someday the scar won’t hurt every time you breathe, until then, hug Charlie and the other members of the Farmily and remember the Rainbow Bridge.

  302. Aleta
    April 11th, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    Oh, so sorry. >hug<

  303. Larry M Gage
    April 11th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    When you dare to care for a critter and make that special connection you know deep down it will end one day. But you hope that day is far away.

    When the day arrives no words written or spoken usually help much….But rest assured that pain is worth feeling cause to not experience that connection would be much worse.

  304. Sandie McKnight
    April 11th, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    this is one of the most beautiful pictues I have ever seen. So sorry.

  305. Twwly
    April 11th, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    I am so sorry.

  306. Liane B
    April 11th, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    Heidi #299 is so right…you are the best mama any critter could ever hope for. I know we’ve never met and most likely never will, but your posts make us all feel like farmily. I so wish we could take away your pain because you know we would if it were possible. In the meantime, healing light and love sent your way.

  307. Beth K
    April 11th, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  308. Marya
    April 12th, 2014 @ 2:16 am

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. What a beautiful animal he was. And such love. (That poem. It stopped me.)

  309. Calico
    April 12th, 2014 @ 5:34 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry! When I saw the post with his big head on your lap, and that he’d a good day, I confess I wondering if he’d had a kind of rally day, the good day and bit of energy that sometimes comes right before the end. I’ve seen it happen with people. And then I was scared to check the site for a couple days. I cried of course.
    I didn’t realize just how long I’ve been following your adventures, but we remember checking in daily, way back, waiting for Frisco for arrive ! And what a delightful post that was ! One of your best ever.
    Frisco had the best life anyone could ask for.

  310. Betsy
    April 12th, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    Shreve, I am so sorry Frisco didn’t make it. Death, whether taking a two legged or four legged friend, is the most heartbreaking experience.

  311. Kristan
    April 12th, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Adding my heartbreak to the pile… Much love to you and the family in this tough time. <3

  312. Leslie Husa
    April 12th, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    So very sorry Shreve. He was a magnificent lovely boy. My heart is weeping too…

  313. arwo
    April 12th, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  314. Joyce
    April 13th, 2014 @ 1:49 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our animal friends fill our lives with love and joy, then break our hearts. Whenever they leave, it’s always too soon. I know in my heart you did everything you could for him, just as you do for all the animals in your care.

  315. Amy
    April 13th, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    I’m so sorry, Shreve. I’m thinking of you and yours.

  316. Rhea Cicale
    April 13th, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    Oh Shreve…I’m crying along with you. I’m so very sorry. Thank you for helping me see these animals in another way. Thank you for sharing your most personal triumphs and tragedies. Much love to you, Mike and the rest of the farmily. xoxoxo (((hugs)))

  317. Kale
    April 13th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  318. Julie
    April 13th, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    Oh Shreve, I am so saddened about your loss of your big friend. Take care. <3

  319. Creekhiker / HollysFolly
    April 13th, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    Parting is the price we pay for loving – a pittance for so wonderful a thing. (Jim Metcalf)

    My heart is broken and I only admired him from afar. My deepest condolences to you and the farmily.

  320. Laurie G
    April 14th, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

    There is nothing to say that hasn’t been said. Feeling much sorrow. Sending much love.

  321. siobhanmcc
    April 15th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    I haven’t been keeping up to date with your site and just now read about Frisco.Oh Shreve I am so very sorry for your loss. RIP Frisco you great big love bug. Love to you, Mike and the farmily at this time. oo-xx

  322. Rick's Cafe
    April 15th, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    One is fortunate if, during their life they meet a special person…..Frisco was one of the fortunate ones.

  323. Lori Dowding
    April 16th, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Shreve, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven’t looked at your website in a few weeks , then I saw this today. I am totally distraught over this. He will always be remembered in my heart.

  324. Cinda
    April 17th, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    Shreve, I am very sorry Frisco died even though you did all you could to save him. Thank you for posting such a heartfelt tribute which connects you, your loved ones, and readers so deeply. I will long remember that Frisco put his head in your lap and took a nap near the end of his life, and your other photos are gems too of devotion, and your words.

  325. Terry
    April 18th, 2014 @ 4:51 am

    I just now read this. And I am crying with you. I am so truly sorry for your loss.

  326. Jackie
    April 18th, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    Just now seeing this. So sorry for the sadness you are feeling.

  327. MamaKass
    April 18th, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m so very sorry…we had to put our 16 year old dog down in July, and one of the nicest things someone said to me after that was “if I come back as a dog in my next life, I hope I belong to you”
    I am sure all of your animals (and people in your life) feel that same exact way – hang in there.

  328. Yogi Beaty
    April 19th, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    I have been looking for words to speak at our daughter’s 4th memorial and came across your post. Thank you for sharing with us. My heart and thoughts are with you.

    They are always in our hearts.

  329. Kay
    April 21st, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

    Your writings have always reflected how you felt about Frisco, this is a very sad post to read. You did the very best you could for him throughout his life. I am sad for your sadness. Hang in there. . . I know that you have many wonderful memories of your relationship with him.

  330. Margo
    April 25th, 2014 @ 1:21 am

    Oh I’m so terribly sorry to see this. I’m so sorry for the pain you must feel and for poor Frisco. What a beautiful animal. Be well.

  331. Lesley
    April 25th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    A very belated sorry Shreve. I regret not seeing this sooner. Frisco couldn’t have asked for a better human friend than you. May he rest in Wyoming’s eternal peace.

  332. Chana
    April 26th, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    I just saw this. I am so sorry and sending late, but heartfelt condolences.

  333. Kari Jaquith
    April 29th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Tragic.

  334. leah in Indiana
    May 1st, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    I came to visit and I see an update that is not worded the way I had hoped. My heart literally lurched and that must have caused my eyes to water. It sounds like you exhausted all known options and comforted your friend until the end. Sighs and interwez love.

  335. Catherine Chandler
    May 8th, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Oh, darling. I’m so sorry for your loss. Frisco was such an amazing creature and friend–that connection that you two had is just incredible.

  336. Susan
    May 8th, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    It’s been over a year since I’ve checked in on your blog. My heart screamed “No! Not Frisco!”. I’m so sorry for the loss of one of your furry soulmates. You may be the only girl who can say with quite certainty that she has a bull as a guardian angel.

  337. Martha Parks Johnson
    May 11th, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Frisco’s death. Oh, but what a wonderful life you gave him! Filled with love and care to the very end. And he loved you in return. The relationship changes but the love remains. Hugs from Ky.

  338. Colleen
    May 25th, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    So very, very sorry on the loss of your beloved friend Frisco.


  339. Tatana
    June 8th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    I love you both, I’m so sorry as well. I hope we all reunite one day.

  340. Alyssa
    July 29th, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    I just saw this, and I’m heartbroken. I remember when Frisco was born and how much love and life he brought to you and yours. The poem you shared is one of my favorites, and has always brought me comfort. I hope it has these past few months and will continue to do so in the future.

    To Frisco!

  341. Pat D.
    August 23rd, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    I was a frequent visitor here when Frisco was born, and I remember sharing your joy in him.

    Due to problems in my own life, I had fallen out of the habit of stopping in here. Recently I decided to come here again.
    I was reading your account of the birth of Daisy’s new calf and saw the mention of “Frisco’s death”– which immediately sent me searching the site for more details.

    I am so very sorry for you and the rest of the Farmily for your loss, but remember the gentle giant continues to live forever in your heart. Blessings on Leila Francesa, and the joy she is giving you now.

  342. Eve
    October 5th, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve followed the blog for years and have your book, and then got out of the habit of reading regularly. I’m catching up today and am now sitting here crying over an animal I never met, because you brought him to us with your words and pictures, and we fell for him, too. What a grand life Frisco had, thanks to his people mom and farmily. Thank you for sharing him with us. I see cows and bulls differently now.

  343. Rachel
    January 19th, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    I miss Frisco. :(

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