Wednesday, March 3, 2010

sometimes i get emails like this at work

subject line: RUNAWAY SHEEP!

Hi Jenna,

Someone just called to tell me your 3 sheep are heading west (toward Kimballs) on the West Sandgate road. Do you want me to try to retrieve them?

UPDATE: I went back to Sandgate as soon as I got this email, and when I returned so did the sheep. They walked to the end of town on the dirt road, got bored, and walked back. When I pulled into the drive they were in the chicken coop eating scratch grains and making chickens angry. But I got them back in their pen, repaired the fence, and went back to the sanity of web design.


Blogger twistie said...

It's a good thing to give contact info to neighbors, for times like these! Hope you get everything undercontrol quickly! Good Luck!

March 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Lil said...

I suspect that Maude was the ringleader in this escape attempt. ;-) Hope they all get back to Cold Antler safely.

March 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Rois said...

We live in the suburbs but we have a phone tree for when the neighborhood Hawk is circling.
I get calls from up the street like this.
"Are your girls in? The Hawk is heading your way."

Good neighbors -priceless. Especially when you have live stock.

March 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Farmer's Daughter said...

We used to get calls all the time when our draft team got out. We never worried: the tracks showed they always walked the hayride trail and then went right back to the barn. They knew where there food was!

My mom started writing a children's book to that effect, but never finished. Perhaps I'll remind her to take it back out, though both of those horses are long since gone.

March 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger NMPatricia said...

As serious as this really is, it must have made you smile when you got it. I would guess that everyone needs a chuckle in the day!

March 3, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger booksNyarn said...

:) Excellent neighbors.

March 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

LOL, yeah that's really not a very popular email subject line! haha Hope they all get home safely. ;-)

March 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I'm assuming your response was, "yes."

March 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love that they know that they were yours.

March 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Oh boy, I've gotten those phone calls. And made them, for that matter!

March 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

My first reaction upon reading the email was, "oh - someone is sending you crank emails" (another version of the "is your refrigerator running" crank call) but after reading the responses, I realized that this is a real situation. Yikes! Did you have to leave work to go fetch your sheep? Let us know how things turn out....

March 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

That's awesome. Sometimes I get emails about my own "livestock" - along the lines of: "Amy, just saw your cat Harry sitting in your front window. Man, he's HUGE."

Always good to know the neighbors are looking out for you!

March 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Oh my! I hope the sheep got home alright! Good neighbors!

Grace and Peace,


March 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

They went off looking for answers. :)

March 3, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...


I get calls on my cell phone about stuff like this. Luckily the neighbor who found them was kind enough to close them in his yard until we could come down. We came down and realized herding them back up the road was going to be no easy task and went home for the truck and reinforcements. While we were messing around, the goats and sheep apparently got tired of waiting and walked back up the road and onto the meadow themselves. Another neighbor was passing by and closed our gate after them.

What that was all about, I'm not sure. Guess they just got a wild hair...

March 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

And my imagined response from you?
"Um, no, they're just heading over to the Wayside Country Store for some java." :-)

March 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger ashley english said...

Maude is making a run for it, and taking the others with her! Prison break!

I think it's wonderful that your neighbors are looking out for you. No matter what has gone down in your 'hood, you can't say that they aren't keeping an eye out...

March 3, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

I'm sure that Rob would say that they were just looking for Chuck Klosterman.

March 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Oh no - the message you NEVER want to receive. I hope you retrieved the sheep without too much trouble, and that they are okay.

March 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I love small towns!! People just seem to be better at looking out for one another. I live in a city and while I have made numerous attempts at connecting with neighbors, there isn't the feeling of community I used to have when I lived in the country. I am working hard to "get back to where I once belonged".

Glad you still have neighbors who look out for you.

March 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

oh we get these. one time, a lorry driver picked up a lamb on a main road, and dropped it in at the nearest farm, who knew it was ours, and brought it home.
we joke that we may put on our answerphone :
'if our sheep are out on the back road, please call my mobile.*
if they are on the main road, please call someone else's mobile.*'

*I think American for 'mobile' is 'cellphone'

March 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Good to have kind neighbors. Hope you got them all home OK.

March 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger djp said...

he catch them all?

March 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I once retrieved my dog from the neighbors who were 'watching' him while I was on vacation, and then had a message on my voice mail that a fellow had found my dog running around on Atlantic Blvd, and that he sure hoped I got him back because he sure was a nice dog. Atlantic was a super busy main drag in town. Yeah- thanks pal, for hanging on to my dog for me. And that was the last time I asked the neighbors to dog sit- he's been kenneled ever since. Some things you learn the hard way, but fortunately, Rufus was alright.

Hope you got your wayward sheep back in excellent shape!

March 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger MistySeptember said...

When my neighbor moved back to Harrisburg she left the new owners of her house a list of people to call if there were cows out in the area. They looked at her like she had three eyes, but sure enough as they left the closing at the house, we had several heifers in the road :) I hope your woolly wonders made it home safe!

March 3, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger kerrick said...

Uh oh! Let us know how things turn out soon!

March 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

I noticed in the post someone else got a good laugh out of your wandering sheep!
Great way to shake up the day which I'm sure you did not find amusing, or funny!!!
I'm curious, how many times has this happened at Cold Antler Farm during working hours!
A Very Happy Seat Weaver!

March 3, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

I make the call every year or so to my neighbor at work, "the cows are out and I'll try to round them up. But someone else has called the sheriff and he's on the way."

Rounding up is mostly getting my broom and shooing them back through the gate.

March 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

My Call: "Your bull just ate all your roses and is on your front porch trying to get in the front door." Yep gotta love those

March 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

HAHA! This gave me a good chuckle. Hope the three escapees are now safely tucked away at CAF.

March 4, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger bellananda said...

Thank you, Jenna and everyone, for giving me some good giggles on this morning which started out with a very cranky girl -- I'll be imagining for the rest of the day a rose-strewn bull up on someone's front porch, knocking on the door...


sb in kc

March 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger susancoyotesfan said...

My friends have 10 foot high gates to their property now, with an electric gate opener. They have this because they also have horses who like to break free and take ALL of the goats, sheep, chickens, and cows with them.

Gotta love horses that are too smart for their own good :)

March 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM  
OpenID thetinfoilhatsociety said...

My friends have 10 foot high gates to their property now, with an electric gate opener. They have this because they also have horses who like to break free and take ALL of the goats, sheep, chickens, and cows with them.

Gotta love horses that are too smart for their own good :)

March 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So what happened? Did you get them back?

March 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Our neighbors' dairy herd used to occasionally get out like that. We kids thought it was great fun, chasing cows through front yards of the snooty development we lived in.

March 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

too funny! hope the neighbors weren't too snotty about it.

March 4, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Natts said...

I had this happen once with two horses. They ended up three farms over by the time I got home. By the end of summer all the neighbors got to know them really well. We just made them thank you baskets at the end of the year with grass seed in them to replace what our horses took. We also told they could keep the manure as fertilizer.

March 5, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger k said...

off topic, but...not kimball as in christopher, is it?!

March 8, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

K - yes. He's a neighbor of mine.

March 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger k said...

oh my gosh, how wonderful for you! would give my right arm.

March 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger crowjoy said...

"Your cow is walking down the road." is a call I hope to never get again. It's a major highway! Glad you got the girls in with no troubles.

March 8, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

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