American illustrator A.B. Frost did a series of comic drawings in 1892 called the “The Humane Man and the Bull Calf.”
A city slicker buys a bull calf from some country bumpkins, wishing to save the poor animal from becoming veal. He ties the lead rope to his waist against the urgings of the farm kids.
The calf drags the humane man through fences and fields, until the man cuts the creature loose and sells him cheap to be made into meat.
That story was in my mind as Lenny invited me to lead the new bull calf to the pond pasture. First the calf wouldn’t budge. He dug in his hooves. Then he bolted, dragging me along with him like a monkey on a string.
Finally Lenny told me the secret: you push down on his hind end, while pulling forward on the lead rope. “I’ll make a farmer of you yet,” Lenny said as we headed down the dirt road.
The calf and his mother will be on the farm all summer. I’ll keep you posted about future animal stories.
Dover republished an assortment of Frost’s comic drawings called "The Bull Calf and Other Tales."