Head ’em up and move ’em out.
Every year a small herd of cattle are released into the back campo during the driest of the Dry Season. This year has been no exception but our neighbour John who is in charge of the animals warned SU that we would have bovine companions in the near future this time. Sure enough the cattle have been out in the late afternoon for the last week or so looking for anything and everything to eat, including some of our trees and plants.
Each year we have lived here there have been some escapees, usually in the night. Yesterday morning however, I pointed out to SU upon our return from Spanish class that “our” herd of cattle appeared to be outside of their boundaries and were roaming free among the development lots at the opposite end of our street. John was extra careful this year, repairing the fences around the fields but apparently the critters found a hole somewhere. We knew it wouldn’t be long before he and his dog and/or his boys would be chasing the livestock into a more secure area and put it out of our minds.
Shortly before lunch I heard an enormous amount of barking from a little dog that we call Mamacita and her three pups. And then Sophie the dog next door got into the act. I’m not usually alarmed during the day when Mamacita and family make a great deal of noise because they don’t permit just anyone on the calle, everyone must past inspection first. What alarmed me was that Sophie was getting into the mix and as I arose to see what was going on John came riding down the street herding his young steers, cows and calves and it looked like the herd was going to get the best of him.
I quickly grabbed my camera and went outside to see how he was going to make out getting them up the narrower part of the road. As cattle are wont to do they had different ideas and decided that perhaps they could get through to the field through the empty lot and he had to steer them back to the road. I looked over to where he lives and his wife Caterina and a couple of their children were outside watching the show along with me. It was just a bit of excitement on the calle and…in the campo.