I have always believed that growing up on a ranch is one of the best opportunities in the world for kids. They learn the ideas of dedication, compassion, empathy, compassion, elevation and sorrow. But they also learn that regardless of the outcome, our job as a rancher is to do the best and most for the animals under our care.
This is one of the newest additions to our ranch. She was born prematurely but we are doing our best to help her survive. This is one of our boys helping her to increase her body temperature. Here is a 9 year old who has the personal belief that it is his responsibility to help with the calves.
Next morning, Dad and middle son are feeding our premie. Many do not make it through the night, (think how a premature child would be, except the calves do not have the benefit of oxygen and the wonderful advancements that has been made for them!) so to have her awake, alert and hungry is a victory in its own.
Our son has learned that it is our job to care for our animals and if it involves blankets, floor time and bottles, that is what will be done.