Ginger-mutt growls at the thunder, 
is unphased by fireworks.
He is the fiercest hunter
unafraid of whatever lurks
in the undergrowth. He laughs
at the rooster’s spurs and beak,
but at the sight of the little calf
the bold cattle dog just freaks.


Written for the dVerse Monday Quadrille prompt “Bold-ly go” – 44 words including ‘bold’ – about our red heeler cattle dog who is scared of cows. The calf kept following him and he kept hiding behind T1. He’s also scared of llamas, but that’s just sensible. 



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23 responses to “bovinaphobia

  1. I love this. A great description of Ginger-mutt – so fearless and then terrified of the most harmless things.

  2. Awww, what a beauty that cattle dog is. The calf is still bigger than him and probably smells funny. 😀

  3. I think there are many brave people who like the mutt are scared of the smallest of things.

  4. Heehee! I love this. And your llama comment made me laugh!

  5. Such a fun read. He’s a hero on his own terms. 🙂

  6. A very cute poem about such endearing critters. I remember Chauncey when we had chickens. He walked among them as if he was one of them, but sometimes they chased him and pecked at his butt.

  7. I love this! Such a fond portrait of a well-loved dog.
    It’s so funny what dogs (and cats) become afraid of.
    One of our daughter’s dogs is terrified of chewing gum. 🙂

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