Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cogburn's morning out

Cogburn, the blind cockerel does have an occasional opportunity to walk free of his small run and is able to warm his face in the sun when it eventually dares to shine.
I take the old chap out when I have a moment, and with me watching out for the other cockerels who would severely injure Cogburn if they could, he will shuffle around the grass with a controlled kind of excitement, always clucking gently to himself as he does so.
I have to constantly talk to him when we go out, and with that meagre contact, he regains his confidence and pride and stretches himself tall in response to the breeze and the sun.
It never ceases to move me.
A creature who by all accounts should have died a long time ago, is living and thriving, with his own little troupe of hens for company. He has adapted to his life in darkness by learning how to feel his way with his big fat feathered feet, and as animals have a want to do, he is just getting on with things....to creatures like him..there is no alternative
This morning we walked for a bit through the wet grass, followed by a few of the tame warrens and flanked by the sheep, who curious as ever, wanted to give the strange bird with the goose stepping feet the once over.
We made a bizarre specticle as we made our way slowly through the field
 
Who would have thought a blind old cockerel would be important enough to have his own blog entry?
Go Figure

44 comments:

  1. That is so heart warming John. What a lucky bird he is to have you caring for him.

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    1. I only feed hiM LM
      It is the two hens that share his coop that really "care for him"

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  2. You are such a lovely man. This post has warmed the 'cockerals' (sorry) of my heart.

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  3. There is a place in heaven for you as I sit here with tears in my eyes over an old blind rooster in Wales.

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  4. An eclectic, fascinating parade you must have made. I'd love to see you on a reality show! Fifty Wards of Gray.

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  5. When I viewed this post first thing this morning there was just a photo. Now there is a heart-warming story that brings a tear to my eye. You are sweet.

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  6. John Gray you are a very "special" person to give so much of yourself. Much easier to do towards animals at times then people, is it not? xx

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    1. I agree totally Cindy, animals are a lot easier to deal with at times.

      Gill

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  7. It would move me too. He's a lucky bird.

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  8. Such a heart-warming story John. Cogburn could do no better than have you to take him on his walks in the sun.

    Jeanne
    x

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  9. You will have a special place in heaven John Gray! I prefer animals most times to humans as they are kinder more appreciative and have truer hearts...you know where you stand with them! Bless your heart!

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  10. I think he did deserve his own blog. He is a special fowl!

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  11. I just pictured in my mind ~ you walking and talking with Cogburn. A regular conversation and a response from him..I love nature and all that God has given us to enjoy. Some people just don't understand the importance of loving one another. I love your blog~ it just makes one feel so good. What a great day to start my day~! Thanks for having such a kind heart..
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)
    (whenever you make a comment on my blog I feel so honored) Thanks whenever you do that)~! Anne

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  12. This is why I love you......xx

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  13. You are the kindest and most considerate of men. Please write a book and put it out into the world.

    If I ever get to Wales can I come visit? I promise I won't bring any kind of orphan.

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  14. Have just choked on my salami sarnie- I can't smile and chew at the same time.
    Bless you (and Cogburn)

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  15. Nice that he has you and his girls to care for him. :O)

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  16. John,
    would you consider taking in a slightly old, sulky, very stinky, fussy eater, maniacal, possessive, (of me, I should have had him de-nutted), pissy (wherever there is testosterone - literally around the bed in them old days when The FW used to sleep in the same room - bleh), white/mostly dirt coloured jack russell/westie cross. Would you, would you. Nah, love him really tho I think he was a teenage girl in his former life.
    PS the cat Mollie beats him up regularly especially when he sniffs her arse! Well you would, wouldn't you.
    Susan x (sorry no time for more X's as off to hosp where MiL has been magically moved to the wonderful extra special 'we'll make her better ward', yeah really.

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  17. Haha.
    Lovely post, John.
    Hope your day is going well. ♥

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  18. What a sweet tale. Cogburn is a handsome rooster. Love his feathers! xoxo

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  19. I just told a customer yesterday..."You can view the true character of a man by how he treats animals" And I think this post, as well as so many of the past, truly gives us all a look into the beauty of your soul. Give yourself a pat on the back for being such a loving person. You have given so many of our "discarded" critter friends love and dignity.
    Bless you.

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  20. He's quite beautiful and very deserving of his own blog post.

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  21. Just shows the depth and breadth of that old heart of yours John. Keep on lovin'. You make the world a better place.

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  22. Lots of lessons for us here. Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone just gave others a chance. And, imagine how much better we'd be as humans if we acted upon every opportunity granted us the way Rooster Cogburn has his.

    Well done, you.

    x

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  23. Blind he may be, but Rooster Cogburn still has his dignity and a full life thanks to you. Amazing how you have so many critters to take care of and Rooster still gets this special attention. Kudos to you both.

    Janet

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  24. I love Cogburn and I love you John for giving him the time of day.

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  25. It's an amazingly inspiring story. Glad you gave him his day in the sun.

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  26. He deserves a little sunshine x

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  27. He's still a handsome fella, and apparantly his girls agree !
    Thank you for giving him a second chance, I'm sure those little furry feet can experience all there is to know and feel, while basking in the sunshine.
    ~Jo

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  28. And none other than you, John, would have the kindness and compassion to walk with an old, blind rooster!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  29. Just read your last post.
    Wish we could do our own chimney sweeping, it has just cost us the grand sum of £54 to get ours swept. The sweep was here for approx 20 mins.
    Still, now feel able to have a roaring fire without worry.
    Briony
    x

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  30. I bet he looks forward to your shared walks and chats . . . Bless your heart, and his x

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    1. nice to have you aboard Helen
      believe me, I am not as nice as I make out!!!!
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  32. I would! We have a blind Jack Russell and she copes brilliantly, as you say animals just get on with it.

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  33. Great post John, it made me start my day with a smile

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  34. cheered me up no end - life in the old cock xx

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  35. Corr! One blind rooster leading another old rooster around the paddock! What a sight LoL!

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  36. thanks for the nice comment sall.... but I am not st Francis believe me!!!

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  37. Oh how I love to hear about the 'Cogburns' of this world! And I have become smitten with this fella! This was very sweet John. Thanks for bringing me back to earth!

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