Wednesday 6 July 2016

Mortimer Moo RIP!!

I have to tell you that dear, dear, Morty Moo didn't make it.  He went peacefully during the night and we are all very sad. Murphy is the worst. Morty has been buried on the property and Murphy just wants to sit with him. If Jen locks him in the house yard he stands at the gate and whimpers and as soon as he is let out into the paddock he goes straight to Morty. He was the first one to find Morty when he was first sick. Jen and the girls were out and when they came home Murphy was beside himself. He kept running up to Jen and then running down into the paddock. Jen first thought he'd gone a bit crazy in his old age but finally realised that something must have been amiss. She followed him to discover Morty lying down in the taller grass at the back of the paddock and realised he was not well.  From that time on Murphy didn't leave Morty's side, unless he was led away, on lead, and locked in the house yard. He sure likes all his peeps and critters, aye??  Mum reckons he's the best dog in the world!  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmph!!  How do all you blokes like them apples.  The best dog in the world ....... MURPHY!!!!!!!!  Crikey ......  I'm sure there's other contenders out there, aye??  But to get back to Morty.

Mortimer when they first got him.
 I know you would all like to know what happened. Morty lost his real Mum when he was first born and he was a very frail and weak little bloke when Jen took him on. She raised him as best she knew how and he soon put on weight and looked a whole heap healthier but he was never very strong. Maggie, who Jen got at the same time grew faster and got stronger by the day but for Morty it was always a struggle. He did grow, however, and we all thought he was going to do well. But stinking old nature had to step in. Sorry Mother nature .... most times I like you but sometimes you just don't get it right, aye??  Why did you have to make paralysis ticks???  I s'pose you had a good reason at the time but ...... CRIKEY ..... it's 2016 now ...... couldn't you just find a way of getting rid of them.  Anyway you guessed it ..... dear Morty (who by the way I NEVER got to chase) got a paralysis tick.  In winter?????  Crikey ...... Mum doesn't even advantix ME in winter. Jen was told when she got the cows that they didn't need to be drenched for paralysis ticks as they were immune to them.  Well that theory flew out the window, aye??  The Vet said that normally this is true but calves pick up their immunity from their Mother's milk and poor Morty never got any of that.  Jen is feeling all sorts of guilt for not knowing this and feels she should have researched more before she got the babies.  Silly Jen ...... how was she to know??  She did ask the owner of Morty before she took him about ticks and he said there were no problem. She took his word for it. He's been breeding these cows for a long time. He should have known.  Jen wishes with all her heart she hadn't listened to the breeder but she did.  We keep telling her it wasn't her fault and it wasn't but she feels so bad.  She'll recover, however. We are all here for her.  She did all she could for Morty. She slept in the shed with him for his final few nights. That couldn't have been too pleasant.  It's winter here and although it's not freezing it does get awful cold at night. Especially away from the coast and that's where Jen is.  The little girls have coped well.  Having lots of animals around them has taught them all about life and death and they now accept these things a lot better than we do.  Jo felt it the most but she bounces back quick. Jen is devastated. She has wanted a cow ever since she was 3 years old. Mum and Dad took her on a trip to Lord Howe Island (one of the prettiest places on earth ..... you should google it ....... crikey it's beautiful) and there was a very tame cow there she called, Mr. Morrison. Jen would go every day and sit and talk to Mr. Morrison. She was so in love with that cow. From that day on she collected cows. Her room was covered in cow photos and cow memorabilia. It was easy buying presents for her. If it had anything to do with a cow she loved it.   She NEVER lost that love.  When she left school Mum and Dad took her to Germany. The cows over there are so tame because, in winter, they live in barns or in the cellars of the people's houses and are hand fed. Mum and Dad reckoned that trip was just all about cows.  They went from one paddock to another while Jen petted the cows.

Jen looks a lot happier than the cow, aye?? 

I think the cow had just about had enough of our Jen by the time Mum took this photo, aye??
We have lots of these kinds of photos.
We were all delighted for her when she got Morty and Maggie.  Poor Jen, aye??  First off she felt she would have to sell Maggie. They are herd animals and wouldn't and couldn't be happy by themselves. She felt she wasn't a good enough Mum to own a cow but EVERYONE has convinced her otherwise and she has been offered another little Dexter  from another breeder (a friend of a friend), free of charge.  He has promised to tell her everything he knows about raising cattle and if I know Jen she will listen to every word and take it all on board. She doesn't make the same mistakes (if they can be called  mistakes) twice.
I did want to thank each and everyone of you for all the support you gave us.  It really helped Jen a LOT!!  She was in a very bad space for a while and your love helped her to get out of that place.  Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!
Run free, like a big boy, dear Morty ... AND grow strong, aye??  BECAUSE ...... when I get up there  I'm going to chase you from one end of that place to the other and back again.

Wanna run ..... Love, Charlie. 


  1. We are so sorry to hear that the little guy passed away. Please give Jen a hug from our mom and licks from us boys. RIP Mortimer Moo.

  2. That's very moving, Charlie. I think Jen will be very happy with the new Dexter and I hope you are too.

  3. Oh noes. I am so sorry to hear this Charlie. Mortimer was such a handsome fella. And Murphy is a real life Lassie fursure! High paw to Murph. I hopes his sadness eases soon. gives him some nose pokes from me when you see him. And gives Jen lots and lots and lots of slobbery kisses and {{{hugs}}} from me, and I am very much happy that a new Dexter will be coming!
    gives your family my loves and let them know that all of Blogville is thinking of them and sendin' our love and, I mean SUPPORT. ☺
    Ruby ♥

  4. So sad about the little fellow.
    We do get very attached to our animal friends hope Dexter and Jen have a long and happy life together.

  5. From Foley: Hey Charlie! Guess what I got for my 16th birthday. A cow! His name is Mortimor. He says he belongs to you. He is big, strong, and very healthy. I am going to watch over him for you. I already love the big guy. I am very sorry for your family's loss but remember all cows go to heaven and you will all be reunited some day

    1. Crikey Foley ..... Thankyou so much!! I'm sure glad Morty found you. I know Mum and Jen will be a lot happier knowing you are there looking after him. He was such a small wee bloke down here. I'm so glad you love him. He sure is a loveable bloke!!!

  6. Oh Charlie we are so sorry to hear that Morty did not make it. Looks like Foley has taken him under her angel wing
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  7. Poor Morty, sending purrs to Jen.

    And once again, I'm not sayin nuffin bout steaks. Or hamburgers. Or well, I said I wouldn't say it.

  8. we cried bitter tears for Mortimer Moo and for Jen while reading your post.... please give Jen a big hug from us... we are so sad with her...

  9. So sorry to hear your sad news about Morty
    Sending you all lots lid luffs and hugs
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  10. We are so sorry to hear that Mortimer Moo had to go.
    Hugs to everybody, humans, dogs, cows, cats..
    Wishing you better days!
    Kosmo and his family
    in faraway Finland.

  11. Our hearts ache for Jen. RIP, Morty. You were so loved♥

  12. So sorry for your loss, its hard to lose a good friend.

  13. RIP Morty! Our hearts ache with you, Jen. Take care.


  14. Hari OM
    ...I need windywipers for my glasses... Crikey Charlie mate... if you only knew that your Jen and this YAM have something very much in common!!! I LOVE cows and always have and have always dreamed of having a milch cow of my very own, but life hasn't turned that way for me. I know just how Jen is feeling - but be sure to tell her again that this was a fluke thing, a once in 87xxx chance and she mustn't let it spoil her keeping of cattles!!! To have found a friend who is happy to share knowledge means something even better is coming out of Mortimer's short time with the family... We look forward to hearing how it all goes! Please pass on my Love to Jen and the girls - and am sending extra special huggies and waggles to you, Charlie, for being so kind as to share this story with us. YAM-aunty xxx

  15. I'm so sorry for your loss. My mom (who is thirteen years old) LOVES cows. She loves all animals, but she really loves cows. We live in Georgia, and sometimes my peeps go to New York to visit family, and they have a farm so my mom likes to take care of their cows when we're there. She especially loves giving the baby cows their milk. Cows are so sweet she says, but she also says they don't smell to pleasant!

  16. Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear about Morty. I really had my hooves crossed for a better outcome. It is not Jen's fault at all. Please give her some hogs and snout kisses from me. Much love XOXO - Bacon

  17. WE are very sorry to hear that Morty didn't recover. We are sure that he was given the best possible care. It is heartbreaking when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. R.I.P. Morty.

  18. Aw, that's so sad! We're so sorry for your family.

    (We never heard of paralysis ticks. Yipes!)

  19. I'm so sorry. My deepest sympathy to Jen and to everyone who knew and loved Morty. Run healthy and free once again, sweet boy!

  20. We're so sorry for everyone's loss. Since mom is a vegetarian she taught us how all lives matter whether or not they are hooman (except spiders, mosquitoes and ticks).

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  21. So very sorry to hear this. Sometimes love really hurts. Give Jen a big sloppy kiss from me.


  22. Oh no we are so sorry
    Lily & Edward

  23. We are so sad about Morty. May you look forward to seeing him again one day in a much better world.

  24. We are so very sorry to hear about poor Mortimer. Please tell Jen she gave this little guy a good life while he was with her, a life he might not have had at all. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us. And all the best with Dexter.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  25. That makes us so sad...blasted ticks. We watched that Catalyst show about ticks the other night. So unfair that Morty picked one up...especially in winter. What a wonderful nurse Murphy (the second best dog in Queensland) is, worrying about the little fellow. We're glad that Maggie will have another friend. SHE loves cows.

  26. Oh dears Charlie, we are wiping our tears away, we have been wondering about that little sweetie and how he was doing. You tell Jen that he had the best of life wif her and I am sure he is telling all the angels about it. That murphy is a special one that is for sure. stella rose

  27. Oh, Charlie, we are so sad to read that that little Morty Moo didn't make it. We hope your Jen will be able to stop second guessing because sometimes things happen, no matter what we do to prevent them. We are glad she will be getting another cow so Maggie will have company and Jen can enjoy her passion for cows. We send Jen a warm hug, purrs and paw taps of comfort.

  28. We're so sorry to hear about Mortimer. It's good to hear that she can keep her other cow and now has another new one to care for. We hope she learns lots from the farmer too.

  29. Sweetie we are so sorry as you know we have been very sad to hear about poor can be cruel and to the whole family my sweet friend sxxxx Fozziemum xx

  30. This makes me sad, Charlie. Its so hard to have to say this kind of goodbye when your Jen tried with all her might to save him. Rest peacefully, Morty, you are going to have loads of fun with all the creatures that live with you at the RB.

    I will always be thinking of dear little Morty when I walk up my road...there is a hobby farm there and they have 2 cows...full sized but yes, cows.
    Maybe I can post some pictures of them one day:)

    Sending lots of licks and my kittybrofurs send a heap of purrs. Hugs from Growlmy, too.

  31. Indeed Charlie my matey...Mortimer might have had a short life but he knew LOVE...and that is important. We are so sorry for this passing but as you said until we meet again run free Mortimer.
    Hugs madi your best feline matey

  32. I'm so sorry. Hopefully Jen'll consider another cow - there are a lot that could use love.

    Sending hugs and love.

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

  33. What a sad story. I missed when the poor little guy first got sick, but now I am caught up. It sure sounds like everyone did their bestest best to raise the guy right. He sounds like he loved well and was well-loved. RIP, Morty.

    Love and licks,

  34. We are so sorry to hear Mortimer didn't make it. He looked just about the cutest cow ever.

    Mara, Brom and Miss Oswin from Norway

  35. We are really sorry to hear about Mortimer, he's the only cow we ever met.
    Have a lovely Sunday...

    Noodle and crew

  36. Charlie, we are so sorry to see this. Sending all who knew and loved Mortimer big hugs from Canada.

  37. Oh so sorry:( Cows are such beautiful creatures! He had a loving home and a lot of happiness.