32 thoughts on “Frances, Day Two”

  1. Documenting things like this…real life..is so important..you embraced the idea while you were in the thick of it…that must have been hard. I love that you shared this very personal moment and I’m even and especially more happy that Frances is a fighter..like her mama.


  2. ❤️ To you Sally and Francis…
    And the twelve year old vet.?
    You have a powerful friend in Jason.
    How’s Francis, my favorite cow ever, today?


  3. Hoping she continues to improve. The difference in your tone from the beginning of the video to the end says so much. Let Frances know we are pulling for her. Love to you Sally. Hope you can get some rest since you probably didn’t get much last night.


  4. Was so happy to see Frances back up on her feet and hope she is doing much better today. I’d keep the vet’s number handy it does not look like she is completely out of the woods yet. Best of luck to you all.


  5. We should all be so fortunate to have a cow as special as Francis.
    She is a very good girl. I hope she is on the mend and getting stronger.
    Thank you for the video and audio.
    Seeing our Beloved Francis seriously ill is heartbreaking!


  6. We need some video from today, too, Sally:)

    Jason was on the right track, but I think you really needed that IV calcium. IV antibiotics are always prudent with pneumonia, and the steroids and anti-inflammatory sure made her more comfortable.

    The fat coated calcium boluses made with gums are preferable to some of the tube pastes and gels because they’re less caustic and the cows don’t seem to mind them so much (HUGE advantage! Might be easier for you to do on your own?). They disintegrated pretty quick once administered and provide both a rapid calcium release as well as a sustained calcium release. Maybe ask Steve about this option?

    So glad she’s doing well!

    Good news always makes my day:)


  7. Video documenting illness is extremely helpful in both human and veterinary medicine. Particularly when symptoms are sporadic and hard to describe….a picture can be worth a thousand words, diagnostically.


  8. I was fighting tears while I watched this video. Poor baby girl. I’ve never heard of this before Francis became ill with it. Thank you so much for sharing and for continually teaching us something new. Much love to Francis, you, and Dave. I’m so glad you’re baby girl is a fighter!!!


  9. I don’t comment often, but I read a lot…. I am so very glad that Frances is getting phenomenal vet care and that she is cherished by you and Dave. Secondly, this really makes me want punch people who pretend that “nature” is some kind of benign force or an ideal to aspire to. Nature doesn’t give two shits about Frances or any other individual.

    What saved Frances was science + two people who loved her enough to make sure that they had the ability to get her the resources that she needed when she needed them. What will make it possible for her to be bred again (which sounds like the best way to give her a good quality of life ) are those same people being willing to acknowledge the additional risks that her age, breed and medical history present and then prepare for them.

    NN seems to view each pregnancy as a form of lottery where the chance of anything bad happening is always 1 in a million. Her colossal arrogance and boundless ignorance prevents her from understanding or even caring that in reality she’s playing the most dangerous form of Russian Roulette on the planet- because prior to each spin, she adds another bullet…or two…. the risks to her and to her baby aren’t just increasing a little at a time, they are increasing exponentially.

    Lastly, one of the things that constantly leaves me enraged when I think about this family and the others who put their egos above the health and safety of their children is the consistent refusal to acknowledge that reducing suffering is, in and of itself, a worthy goal. Could I have sutured my son’s eyebrow laceration a couple of months ago? Theoretically, yes. I’m a fantastic seamstress with an extensive first aid kit and due to his genetic condition I have a shit ton of “just in case” medical supplies that I have been taught to use in consultation with his care team. Prophylactic antibiotics? Yep… both pills and creams. Steroids to reduce inflammation? Got three different kinds. Sterile field? Can do. Irrigation kit? Yep. Give my son the benefit of pain control and actual trained expertise? No can do. We took him to the emergency room because while it was theoretically possible for us to handle the situation at home, the fact that the emergency room not only has more expertise as far as suturing in a way less likely to leave a scar and are better able to assess the need for antibiotics, etc…, they have the ability to reduce suffering. Contrary to what some people seem to think, there is nothing empowering or character building about suffering.


  10. Thank you so much for filming! I’m having vet tech flashbacks….may you and Dave and Francis be super well, and yay for the Vet wunderkind. I love actual science.


  11. Contrary to what some people seem to think, there is nothing empowering or character building about suffering.

    Well said. Thank you.


  12. From one farmer to another, good catch mama! Milk fever is not fun, but our amazing vets can be our best friends when it comes to help! Go Francis ?


  13. How’s Frances doing this afternoon? Thank you for showing us what milk fever and pneumonia look like in a cow first hand. I hope the steroids and antibiotics have made her breathing easier and she’s getting to be back to Frances the Boss Cow!
    Our animals are like our children, I bet even Minnie the Wonder Dog wondered why Mommy was so upset yesterday.
    Fingers and toes crossed for a full Frances recovery.


  14. Contrary to what some people seem to think, there is nothing empowering or character building about suffering.

    That’s the most profound thing I’ve read today.


  15. So I waited till I was off work today to watch; oh goodness that must have been horrible for you guys (and Miss Diva) to deal with. I was struggling to not cry as I watched the human see her baby in that condition. I’m so thankful she’s doing better and for the 12 year old Vet to be willing to care for her.


  16. Oh {{{{{Sally}}}}}, thank you for sharing that with us. I heard the terror and agony in your voice, and felt it right along with you. What a scare!

    I am so happy and relieved that sweet, funny Frances is on the road to recovery. She is a very lucky cow to have you and Dave as her pets.

    One question for you to ponder: Why was Frances not able to do her own IV? I would think a cow should be totally prepared for birth and whatnot, even and especially after the number of births she has had? I expected Frances to be prepared by now to handle any complication of birth by herself, and not need the assistance of a vet? ?


  17. Sally ,
    Thank you for sharing . I’ve found myself thinking often of your “old baby girl ” throughout my day.

    Though you do not need me or anyone to validate this I have to say it . You and Dave are just some really good people .

    Most of us already know this with your work sending kids to camp.

    We are now talking about an animal here a cow ( not a child that gets to go to camp ) . A cow …. A beautiful cow nonetheless.

    Yet again I am reminded how truly remarkable you are . One day I want to get on a plane and take you and Dave to dinner ! Al, Lisa and Deb would be a bonus.

    Character is what you have when no one is looking . I loved you before and now I want to lunch with you .

    I hope to see an update on ” old girl ” when you can . Thank you for simply being you. The love and compassion you exude for that girl is contagious.

    We would all be well to do with a little more Sally and Dave’s in this world .

    As an aside , I bet you even pay the Dr. that saved that baby girl . Imagine that .


  18. This whole Naugler situation has brought about some wondrous things. New friendships, treasured memories with those friends, Kids going to camp, trolls to decorate people’s homes…and now, you have made some silly woman in Australia cry her eyes out because a beautiful Jersey cow is back on her feet, and there is hope for her.

    Thank you Sally, for that update. Give Frances a hug for me (if she’s agreeable to hugs). As long as she has you and Dave to ensure she receives the best care there is, she is in a wonderful place.


  19. I haven’t ever commented before. But I read every day.

    I love your writing style Sally.

    And I burst out laughing
    “His name is Steve, and he is approximately twelve years old…”

    Thank you for sharing.


  20. AWWW Sally! Here I thought you were an indifferent farm animal owner.

    For all your *tough* talk, you love your annoying, cantankerous at times, moody cow Frances.

    Heart of gold = Sally/Dave

    Best wishes to you all <3


  21. I only got to 1:20 before I stopped, ‘lest I welcome a face full of especially ugly tears. The joy of seeing compassionate, responsible animal owners brings me to tears, every time. But then again, Im a crazy vegan!

    And now that were close enough, Sally — Hey, you forced this friendship on me, just admit it! — I can honestly say, I am jealous of your relationship with Francis! You should really know, I want it for my own. Those eyes, those lashes! I mean, seriously. She’s fucking enchanting! So, henceforth – you leave me no choice – I shall live through you, Sally! Its the only way. Haha. …Im only kidding. Kind of.

    One question, I am afraid to ask. What does “retirement” mean, exactly, for our beloved Francis?


  22. To the best of my recollection, only humans and elephants have menopause. I feel the need to go look that up.

    So glad she’s on the mend!


  23. I am so happy Frances is doing better. I know you & Dave are thrilled as well. I think it’s funny what you said about the 12 yr old vet. We have used our vet for over 20 years & when we took one of our dogs in a couple of weeks ago, his daughter has now joined the practice. I do remember her as a 12 year old & now she is taking care of our pets & horses just like her dad. It was very surreal.
    Continued good thoughts for Frances & for you both to be able to hopefully get some rest.


  24. What does “retirement” mean, exactly, for our beloved Francis?

    Frances will live out her life, as long as her quality of life is good, right here on this little farm, and die a natural death (or be humanely put down, whichever is kinder). McDonald’s is not in her future. She and I have an agreement. It doesn’t cost that much to keep a dry cow.


  25. How will you keep the young bulls away from her if you pasture her? Is there some sort of pill to stop her from becoming fresh?

    I am sure what ever you decide, Frances will be loved no matter what. Would you get another cow for milk? I bet Frances would love another cow to boss around. (She’s doing a great job here…chased my Dr Who’s right off the wall!)


  26. How will you keep the young bulls away from her if you pasture her?

    Jason says I’m full of it and she is fine and we’ll breed her again and again and again. He just sent me a photo of a perfectly gorgeous 15 year old Jersey and chided me a little bit.

    She had a crappy morning, and I say that quite literally. She wasn’t eating this morning. I sort of had a fit, thinking we were down for the count again. Jason and I both thought she had a twisted stomach (technical term is displaced abomasum). It’s serious. The cure is surgery.

    I couldn’t find any poo. I hunted it. None. She wasn’t eating that I could see.

    Jason came out to check on her and no sooner did he get here than she started chewing her cud. We were sort of astonished. A cow doesn’t chew her cud if her stomach is all twisted up. And then she took off out of the barn because that damned man with those horrible wasps was after her (she hates him). As she left, she suddenly had massive watery diarrhea.

    We both did a happy dance, because that explained it.

    I couldn’t find any poo because it was all liquid and disappearing into the ground/grass.

    She just has a very upset tummy, a combination of stress, illness, calving and lots of medication. Jason is coming back later tonight with yet another medication to fix that and she should be fine. She’s sentenced to do another night in the barn on nothing but good grass hay and water.


  27. As she left, she suddenly had massive watery diarrhea.

    We both did a happy dance…

    Ohh Thank-you for this account! I feel closer to Francis than ever before!


  28. I feel closer to Francis than ever before!

    Jason got to feel it up close and personal. He came out last night and gave her some medication to stop the diarrhea, and she rewarded him by spewing watery diarrhea all over his pants leg. 🙂 Feel the love. . .


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