Love The One You’re With

☆ April 26, 2014


Remember Oreo? She had her first baby this past week! It was a very difficult birth and we had to take her to town for emergency surgery, so she and her calf are in the corral for extra special care. Oreo is recuperating well, but she is still in pain and not making as much milk as she would under perfect conditions, so I am supplementing her calf with Daisy’s milk (I have many, many gallons frozen for instances such as this).

He nurses Oreo, then finishes up with a bottle from me. I filmed it for you. Warning: my video skillz still suck, and, as a precaution against eardrums shattered by my baby-talk, do turn down your volume. You’ll still hear the beautiful sandhill cranes about halfway through. Note his swishing tail as he drinks – all calves do this and it’s so cute! They also headbutt the udder to bring more milk down, and he does this to the bottle as well.

oreosbaby from daily coyote on Vimeo.


57 Responses to “Love The One You’re With”

  1. pam
    April 26th, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    Never a dull moment there at your “ranch”, is there? :-) This video is so cute! & so glad to hear that Oreo is doing well also after the surgery.

  2. Jenny C
    April 26th, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    Thx so much for the video! Lovely to get a glimpse of “life moving on.” Relieved to hear Oreo ok, and calf looks wonderful – robust, healthy and such beautiful lines. You’re right, the little metronome tail is so cute. Sounds like lots of drama and quite the ordeal but, again, glad all is well.
    One of my favorite sounds in the whole world is the song of a meadowlark, and it was like a breath of fresh spring air to hear it throughout the video. Here’s to you, Oreo and the new calf!

  3. Lesley
    April 26th, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Love the tug of war with the bottle as baby pulls at the bottle. He’s quite the little scrapper.

    I also enjoyed the peaceful sounds: the wind, the birds, the insects…and your baby talk. Sure beats all this city noise surrounding me.

  4. Robin
    April 26th, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    What a sweetheart. I love the peaceful background sounds. I really enjoyed watching this. Thank you!

  5. Julia
    April 26th, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    Congratulations on your newest arrival. I am glad things are looking up for you-all.

    The bird call in the background that I thought I heard the most/loudest seemed to me to be a red-winged blackbird. Our loudest birds here in the ‘east’ are cardinals. They are the harbingers of spring for me.

  6. Jo Davis
    April 26th, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

    Beautiful video, the new calf from Oreo, the amazing calf you saved so she could in turn have a new calf for you to save to help heal your heart! :) along with the birds and the sky and of course you…thanks for sharing with us……..

  7. Scotty
    April 26th, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    it made me thirsty for a glass of milk.

  8. Deborah
    April 26th, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Did he give you milk-flavored kisses at the end? That’s adorable!

    I mountain bike in places that have Angus herds free-ranging, and get to see calves nursing, tails wagging, heads butting. Lambs and foals do likewise.

    I heard the cranes; do I hear red-winged blackbirds as well?

    I’m glad Oreo gave you a new bull calf and that she’s recovering (with your help). You have such a big heart and I thank you for what you give to the Universe.

  9. a,k.s.
    April 26th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    Lovely, heartwarming.

  10. shreve
    April 26th, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    D ~ he tried to nurse my elbow! and then Oreo came over and licked me, it was like a little thank you kiss for helping with her calf….

  11. Patr
    April 26th, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

    I’m glad Oreo is recovering. You have such a kind and loving nature.

  12. Melissa b
    April 26th, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    Adorable. I love the video. I have 5 month old twins and one likes to try to suck on the others head. Babies are funny.

  13. Torre
    April 26th, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    Awwww so cute! I love how he was head butting the bottle! Glad his mama is doing well. The sounds of the wind and birds are so peaceful –

  14. Christy
    April 27th, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    You are so fun! What am amazing moment. Thank you you for sharing! Thinking of you!!!

  15. Celia
    April 27th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    What a solid bonding this will produce…he’ll
    love you all the more for giving him two mothers.Very, very best wishes to the new member
    of the farmily.

  16. Marg
    April 27th, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Thanks for thinking of us. It looks like it could have turned into a fight over that bottle a couple of times. I was afraid you were going to move out of the frame, I know..that would Never happen lol.

  17. Susie B.
    April 27th, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Ahhhhh. New life.

  18. Liane B
    April 27th, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    Beautiful. Love. Thank you.

  19. Alice
    April 27th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    What a cutie! How much milk does he drink from the bottle on an average day?

  20. Kalen
    April 27th, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    My dream job would be to bottle-feed calves. I don’t think I would ever get tired of it. I especially love those beautiful white sugar-cube teeth they have.

  21. shreve
    April 27th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    A~ about a gallon; it’s slowly tapering down as Oreo produces more milk.

  22. Laura
    April 27th, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    such a pretty baby. thanks for sharing! God Bless you and the Farmily~

  23. mlaiuppa
    April 27th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    I’m so glad mother and son are doing well. (Was it a caesarean?)

    It is so cute how his tail wags while he nurses. And how wonderful you give him pets and butt scratches while he does. Just like a puppy.

    I often wonder if all animals love getting pets, rubs and scratches? If humans can feel “skin hunger”, don’t all animals? Don’t they all crave affection and waste away in isolation?

    I just had to review the chickens eating bananas video too. It is so bizarre to me that they would go so totally wild for a food that in no way is a natural food source for them. Bananas. Tropical. Since when do chickens know what a banana is let alone go wild for it? I wonder how they’d feel about mangoes or coconuts?

  24. shreve
    April 27th, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    M ~ well, chickens do come from the jungle, SE Asia, I believe, so it might not be so outlandish………

  25. Lyn
    April 28th, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    Do we need a name? How about Phoenix? It’s a reminder of continuing life.

  26. Nova
    April 28th, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    Just curious, because I know next to nothing about cows – If Oreo is in pain and still healing, isn’t it bad for her to nurse? Those head-butts are adorable, but they look forceful enough to be damaging to a post-operation mama.

  27. Terry V.
    April 28th, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    Thanks for the smiles this morning. What a joy to watch a beautiful baby being cared for with such love. Congrats to Oreo and you and the baby. Hope Oreo feels better real soon.

    Terry V.

  28. shreve
    April 28th, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    N ~ It’s actually much less stressful for her to nurse him, rather than having to run her into the chute and have me milk her twice a day (she HAS to be milked or sucked in order to keep producing milk, if she was left completely alone, she would dry off in a matter of days). Her stitches are higher up, so while I”m sure it’s slightly jarring, the headbutts aren’t close to any wound and don’t risk causing any damage to Oreo. Plus, the bonding is good for both of them. I hope I’m explaining this adequately!

  29. Cranky Amy
    April 28th, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    All I can say is don’t bend over too far. I was afraid he was gonna brain you pretty good. And I’m pretty sure his skull is a bit harder than yours. So glad they are both doing well and thank you for sharing it all with us!

  30. Amy
    April 28th, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    I can only imagine how good that calf smells. Baby animal + warm hay + milk? Shut it down.

  31. Sheri Nugent
    April 28th, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    Oreo Baby’s name? I couldn’t help but think of other black and white foods…. Klondike is the best one I thought of. The ice cream sandwiches.”What would ya do for a Klondike Bar?”

  32. Robin
    April 28th, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    love… thanks for sharing

  33. ClaireB
    April 28th, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    So cute. It’s amazing how strong newborns are. Good to know Oreo is doing fine.

  34. taffy
    April 28th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    How sweet is your title…love the one you’re with, and he is a sweet baby it looks like! Very friendly and loves you already. He wants to visit a bit after having a bottle! A new little Frisco, is he Cisco the Kid? lol (sorry i couldn’t resist!)

  35. Theresa Szpila
    April 28th, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    As heartbroken as I was at Frisco’s death, that’s how overjoyed I am at Oreo’s survival and the birth of her new bull calf. It must have been heart-stopping to have to bring Oreo in for surgery, but having her recover and having the calf survive makes their survival seem like an extra blessing.

    As for names, Cisco sounds like a good choice, in memory of Frisco…. Or maybe a name after another cookie, in honor of his mom, Oreo….

    Unless you already have a name in mind for him, why not run a contest? I’m non good at thinking up names, but the rest of this group is very imaginative and is sure to come up with something wonderful.

    Sending happy hugs to you and all the Farmily,

    P.S. Have you decided yet on a name for your beautiful punk chicks?

  36. carol
    April 28th, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    did you notice the eye-shaped cloud that was watching you?

  37. Rhea Cicale
    April 28th, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    Perfectly lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  38. sybil
    April 28th, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    …we all hate our voices – even we pros. It sounds different/alien from what we hear in our heads.

    And how else are you supposed to talk to a calf? :)

  39. Carol K
    April 28th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    Love the video Shreve, a new little soul to grab and warm your heart. The nature sounds made me homesick for the country. Love them.

  40. carmel
    April 28th, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    black and white is Yates County…Sligo

  41. carmel
    April 28th, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    Great Video

  42. TomT
    April 29th, 2014 @ 5:36 am

    This is really cool video. I love these peeks into the rural life you have. Slightly different than the Chicago suburbs. I never knew about the headbutting. Forceful little guy. I hope he’s around for many years for you.

  43. Lindsay
    April 29th, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    Too frickin adorable! Thanks for all your explanations. I too am not a farm folk or very familiar with cows so you breaking it down for us certainly helps.

    Due to her recent surgery and stitches, can Oreo be left alone with her baby? Or does baby risk irritating her wounds, etc.?

  44. lisa s
    April 29th, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    a lot of cuteness going on there … SWEET..
    thanks for sharing…

  45. Katie H
    April 29th, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    What a sweet moment. I’ve been thinking about you and the farmily lately and sending lots of thoughts your way. Thank you so much for sharing!

  46. kay
    April 30th, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    I’ve been coming back to watch this every morning – it’s such a sweet moment, so soothing.

  47. Nova
    April 30th, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    Shreve – Huh. I always thought dairy cows just, always had milk. Like how chickens always lay eggs. Thanks for the lesson!

  48. Marva
    May 1st, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Ah, nothing like the circle of life to help restore us! Thanks! FYI, even with my volume all the way up I missed your baby talk!!

  49. Deanna
    May 1st, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Oh, you just THINK your vid skills are bad. We don’t. And the cranes & red-wing blackbird are a special treat. I’ve never heard the cranes “in person” but we have rw blackbirds upstate all summer. Thank you! Blessings.

  50. Karla
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Life goes on, doesn’t it? When you’re enduring such heartbreak, you think the world should just stop….wait until you are able to move forward again with life, but the world keeps moving, and in this case new life has arrived.

  51. Deborah
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:44 am

    Great video! I can just sit and watch animals all day. What is it about them that is so mesmerizing? Maybe their slow pace and naturalness in an increasing frenetic, plastic world where we try to bend nature to OUR rules….
    Thank you for sharing this. It was a nice way to start my day along with my hot cup of coffee!
    Have a sublime day, all!

  52. Deborah
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:47 am

    Get better faster than fast, Oreo!
    And what’s this baby’s name? Sooooo cute!

  53. Mary R.
    May 4th, 2014 @ 1:14 am

    Lovely new baby. *slurp, butt, slurp* Great to see.

  54. Lauren G.
    May 4th, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    @mlaiuppa… I remember seeing as a child a National Geographic show about a woman who believes all animals respond to/crave touch. She even had an under water eel–the king that can take your arm off–coming out of its hole for her to pet its head.

  55. Jenny C
    May 5th, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    Shreve, I hope Oreo is feeling much better and getting stronger w/each passing day. I’ll bet the calf is thriving. Glad you had so much of Daisy’s milk in storage. You are a wonder.

    I continue to enjoy this sweet video and still love the meadowlark(s). The red-winged blackbirds are delightfully loud, so it’s a bit hard to pick up the larks, but the songs are before, during and after the cranes. Such a lovely harbinger of spring. My resident meadowlark has arrived once again to announce to all the world that spring is truly here… and he’s loud enough to break the sound barrier. Hehe. Love it. :)

    Lauren (54), that is so interesting. The eel – yikes! I was so intrigued, I tried to find it online, but this is the closest I came, and I don’t think it’s what you were talking about. Still… take a look:

  56. Beth K
    May 8th, 2014 @ 9:57 am


  57. mlaiuppa
    May 8th, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

    Double stuff! That is perfect.

    Are you going to keep him?

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