We live in what I like to think of as an average upper middle class neighborhood. Most houses sport green lawns, and carefully trimmed trees and bushes. Therefore it is somewhat of an anomaly to see a large horse trailer setting up shop in the middle of a lawn around the corner. less than half a block away.

Dr. A came in from his walk in the rain yesterday asking me to come see our new “neighbor.”

We were faced by a large attentive Border Collie dog sitting in the open garage. The large horse trailer. with bits of hay protruding under the door, sat in the middle of the rain soaked lawn, which would never look the same again.

The owner, a young man who lived in the house, and whose family had farmed the hills above us in Niles for many years, came out with a friendly smile. “We came to meet the new neighbor”, said Dr. A.

The handyman, an elderly fellow named “Okie”, and owner of the dog, emerged from the garage. Seeing my cane, he commented that he had a better solution, as he raised his pant leg to reveal an artificial prosthesis.

Meanwhile, Pete opened the door in the trailer and we looked in on two adorable baby calves, one of whom was one day old and pure white in color. Their sweet faces quietly surveyed these new friends without any sense of alarm.

We learned that the white bull calf was a Charolais breed who would remain the white color, would become large and was a fine meat bull. The mothers of the calves had died and they were brought here to be fed by bottle, and kept for about 2 months until they could rejoin their herd.

Though turning a neighborhood front yard into a farm scene may not be ideal, people make do when they can, and saving the lives of two charming baby bulls seems worthwhile.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.


  1. So they are going to bottle feed these two calves at their house by yours? Get some photos, Kayti! Or have Dr. Advice take some. Great blog post.


  2. Oh, dear. That was my first thought, too — that the HOA or someone would take issue. Of course there are standards to maintain, but, really: how about a little compassion for an orphan? It may be that their temporary status will allow them to stay until they can rejoin the herd. At minimum, you could keep an argument going for a couple of months, at which point the problem would resolve itself!

    Calves are delightful, and Charolais are especially beautiful: at least to my eye. I’ll see some around here from time to time. The best sighting always is a belted Galloway. They’re rare, but I love their Oreo cookie look.


  3. GoodnessI I must come down for a look-see! Are the calves keeping the lawn trimmed? Just to let you know, I am going to be making lentil soup this week. Shall I bring you some?



  4. I started my farming career with 4 char.X calves . 2 steers and 2 females. We finished up with 60 pedigree Simmentals but we kept our 2 females Charx cows until old age. Enjoyed your blog.


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