Friday, December 21, 2018

About that emotional support longhorn . . .


In my first post this morning, I mentioned that the owner of Dreadnaught Industries in Texas had registered a longhorn steer as an emotional support animal. The gentleman was kind enough to comment on that post, and sent me more details of Tiny, his highly original ESA.  He e-mailed:

Pictures of the card, and Tiny's initial reaction TO the card, attached.  (Click the images for a larger view.)



If you ever wandered down here to Brownwood to, say, shoot Abomination (or any of the other machine guns we keep in stock, or perhaps the neat 44 Colt/1860 Colt conversion we just picked up), you could pet him.



My personal favorite thing that Tiny does (although all of the herd has various endearing personality traits) is to block the bridge that is the only way from the range to the shop and not let me cross until Tiny has been scratched to the amount that he considers acceptable.



Then, and only then, will he step off the bridge and let me drive the Mule over...



A firearms company with its own shooting range, and a pet longhorn to boot?  I've got to see that!  I'll talk to the rest of the North Texas Writers, Shooters and Pilots Association about making a day trip down that way.  It may be tricky to persuade Old NFO and Lawdog to join us, though . . . they have painful memories of wrangling longhorns in their respective dim and distant youths.  They are not polite about how longhorns treat cowboys!  I suspect they'd look upon Tiny with a jaundiced eye indeed.

Thanks for writing, Alex, and providing those pictures.  If you ever get the chance to try to take him with you aboard an airline flight, please post video of getting him through the TSA inspection.  That would be comedy gold!




Peter

7 comments:

LindaG said...

Enjoyed the morning post, and this one makes it even better.

Merry Christmas, all.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Peter;

Yep I am sure that Lawdog has stories of bovine malfeasance in his storied past and Old NFO started the great cattle roundups after the Civil War.....

SDN said...

They have footage of that one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3opoCWqrEPI

8-)

Billll said...

If I wanted an emotional support cow, I think McDonalds might be the best place to start looking. They need to get their packaging from the folks that make that spiffy carrier for Popeyes.

Laurel Jew said...

This longhorn should meet Sonoma County's Angel -- a family pet who lived next to the freeway, survived the Santa Rosa firestorm of 2017 even though her owner did not. She was the star of last summer's county fair, now owned by an 88-year-old widower, and just recently moved from a rescue operation back to her long-term home next to the freeway. Frankly, everyone who commutes that freeway is comforted by seeing Angel back home again. The house on the property may not get rebuilt, but Angel is home and her owner visits every day. Maybe not as crazy an idea as it looks at first, having a longhorn as emotional support?

Tal Hartsfeld said...

Wouldn't there be a problem with Tiny's weight if his owner tried to take him aboard a commercial passenger flight? Not to mention getting Tiny through the doors and down the aisles as well?

LindaG said...

Be hard to get those horns through the metal detector.
I wonder if they would be considered weapons and therefore not allowed on the flight?