By Jameson Parker

Not lengthy after Simon & Simon went off the air, the writer used to be shot two times and left for lifeless on a highway in l. a.. bodily, he recovered rather fast. Psychologically, even if, the consequences have been way more serious and long-lasting, sending him right into a spiral of post-traumatic pressure illness and melancholy. consequently, nearly by chance, he ended up in a global of horses and farm animals and ranching that helped him live on

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We had driven her into a squeeze chute where Mike had lanced the swelling with his pocketknife, releasing quart after quart of nauseating, foul pus. But Mike knew there were still at least two more calves and another slick that we hadn’t found and we were looking out for them as we drove. We were driving along a ridge less than half a mile from the valley floor where the cattle were now grazing when I saw black moving in the oaks only forty yards away. “Hey, there’s a cow…” It wasn’t. It was a bear, walking calmly along exactly as if there weren’t truck, trailer and men anywhere about.

Dal and the others were waiting at the small holding pasture, Dal exultant. Thirty-one head had been driven in, including the ten or so I had found in the trees. All that was left was the brindle and a black mot face (mottled, as opposed to a solid white face) that was running with her. “We’ll get them after lunch,” Dal crowed. ” Lunch took longer than anticipated because Dal shod my horse for me. Like all good ranch hands, Dal is a jack of all trades: cattleman, horseman, farrier, mechanic, welder, veterinarian, accountant, salesman, rodeo announcer, environmentalist.

Guy just vanishes. Only way I even knew he’d been there was the sound of the door slamming. Next time that bull comes around, he’s up on the porch. Sees his reflection in the picture window. ” Mike paused. “Oh, no. ” “Prayed. ” “Got a rope on him. Put him in the trailer. ” He said it as if it were the easiest, most natural thing in the world. ” We were driving down a mountain in the middle Tweedy drainage, high above Tweedy Creek. Four of us had driven over two hundred head of cattle down, through canyons, draws, arroyos so steep and inhospitable that it was a wonder any animal would go there, down shale slopes too steep too walk, through sage and bitterbrush impenetrable as a portcullis.

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