May 2015 - C-A-L-F

A daily dose of Duke

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 8:52 PM by CALF (Sharon) Duke Bullock

Today Tues 19th May
Today we collected a parcel that was addressed to Duke Bullock, so lovely to see he has mail, that he has a name and is NOT a number



It was his gift from pelican manufacturing that was arranged by a friend of dukes ~ Donna …..Anti shearing pads to use over his hoist strapping to stop the rubbing
Duke and ourselves were made up and we tested these out whilst he got his acupuncture treatment

Duke has had his 4th treatment of acupuncture…
The vet bills are mounting as it costs 85.00 per week, but i have seen such improvements that i know it is worth it

Usually 2 days after his treatment we see him do something out of the ordinary…
Watch this space to see what his next little britain moment is lol

In the meantime he is snuggling with his bestie Kevin the lamb (another one of our rescues saved from death by the meat industry)


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Duke 10 weeks Care

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 7:29 PM by CALF (Sharon) Duke Bullock

As per usual we hit the …OMG can we help him get any further wall

With no real signs of taken the next step, again i started to question if we could do enough and was desperate to find someone out there that could help us…

WE emailed the super vet twice with not even a reply…We messaged the big groups on facebook to share dukes story to no avail as people are all so busy in their own worlds to help others even if on the same side….Yes we got help from a few but those who you really thought would be there simply blanked us…

I called horse vets…no joy
I asked for farm university help, but all to far away for duke to travel and no one was interested….I watched Dudley from gentle barn get the care he needed with underwater treadmills and my heart broke for duke as all he had was myself and partner warren :0(




Duke had his 3rd acupuncture treatment, yet i was very sad as i realised at this point that there really was nothing else that we could give duke as far as professional care or advice and i began to take on board that it really was down to us…
We had started to walk duke up the field and leave him stood whilst we got on with other jobs that were stacking up in every direction, so really his physio care was getting shorter even though aided he was moving more

His lovely smile and face breaks my heart knowing that we were so alone with so little help professionally and in the way of volunteers ….I could not understand why people were not queuing to spend time with duke…We have had a few online supporters come to help for a few hours but sadly nothing like what should be for our beautiful boy



I was feeling very down and so tired that one night i sat in his shed with duke and kevin having a glass of wine and i realised that moments like these were priceless and no matter how hard life was, we would always be there for our rescues no matter what it takes. My spirits started to lift…
I sat listening to the rain, it was coming down heavy but i felt very cosy sat in the dark with 2 good friends Duke and Kevin….When i could hear splashing sounds…
I put on the torch and to my horror i could see dukes shed was flooding


I was horrified as there was no way we could move duke as there was really nowhere else that we could put him….We could not let duke lay down as it was past ankle deep and if he were to fall on his side as he often does, there would be no way he could lift his head from the water and i dread to think what could’ve happened

Warren sat with Duke till 4 O’clock in the morning until the rain stopped and the shed started to drain….Such a worry as its not even winter. We are aware that his shelter was built on not a really good position of the field but due to the control by the owners of the place we rent we knew if it was hidden in a corner they would hopefully leave us alone

The following 2 days we spent hours digging out all the build up of winter straw that we had used for the sheep to get rid of the mud and wet….Between the two of us we shifted an awful lot of muck that was holding water and barrowed as much rubble as we could to put around the house…
I doubt very much this will totally solve the issues as now we have really looked it is in a very bad position, so no idea what will happen in winter, i just hope some miracle happens and we get the much needed move


WEll just when you think things can’t get any worse they sure do….Whilst all this is going on we have our other cows to worry about…Twilight and her udder problem and the moving of the 3 gals to whitby where we have a field full of grass…And the two highlands that we have “Gevan and Edradore” in another field that we rent along with our pigs sheep, turkeys goats and hens…As well as trying to run a vegan cafe….How i have kept my sanity i have no idea, but i guess its character building and as my father always used to say
“In the Face of adversity you WILL become stronger ” :0)
THe next day his shed was still wet no matter how much bedding we put down…..I found him on his side as it was slippy, he was covered in mud and i remembered the beginning when we had no shelter for him and how seeing him like this was a daily experience and how sad it made us feel



His friend kevin was always close by, obviously with duke falling down a lot we could not let kevin in his shed unattended unless duke was in his hoist

When duke falls kevin normally snuggles close to his buddy until we come out and get him back to his feet

Then i get a personal message from an animal communicator …Telling me duke has a message….
I have to say i do feel slightly sceptical about this simply because i am very spiritual myself and have so many stories to tell that i could write a book, if only i had the time… But for duke i went with it….

Was i alarmed at what i read….A lovely message abd very well worded…..But to cut long story short…She was telling me duke was saying he was tired and no longer wanted to continue in his earth body and that i was to go on helping other animals that needed me….Followed with another message stating that she helped animals pass over…

I sat for a few minutes so confused at what i was reading, then followed the anger….Anger that i know this boy more than most people even know their own family or partners and if anyone would know this then duke would let me know, not some stranger on the other side of the planet…
I went outside to see duke and i looked him in the eyes and told him what i thought…That i was here for him but he was also here for me and his own kind….That he had to fight with me…He listened, he shook his head and he snorted at me and i knew he was listening


The following day, i went to get him up, he was sitting upright and not laid on his side…Wow i thought…
I was busy cleaning up his poop before i helped him get up, which usually involves holding his tail to gently lift him and give him the confidence and support…
When low and behold i thought i was seeing things he got to his feet on his own and stood strong not wobbly ….
I screamed with happiness and duke new he had done good…

But that was not the end….He then lifted his tail and did a poop WITHOUT falling down….

No idea whether it was the massage, the acupuncture or the harsh words in his ears from a loving friend that made him start to fight but i was so happy as it was a sign he CAN do it…

We can now get duke up the field, once there we watch and we can see him taking steps himself to get across the field….He may never walk really well again, but he will walk simply because he is loved and he wants to live.

We still have many many months of hardwork ahead….To the point that i cannot open my vegan cafe fulltime even throughout the summer months, as i will need to be there as i cannot find a good cook/manager that could step in and take over….and if i am there then dukes care will all be down to my partner and its far to much to put on one person aswell as all the other daily chores on the sanctuary…

Sop please support Duke and Calf Sanctuary as we have such a long way to go with limited funds



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A day in the life of Duke

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:29 PM by CALF (Sharon) Duke Bullock

Duke made very slow (what seemed to us like slow) progress over the 2 months , but i guess when you spend so many hours with an animal and you want to see him walk so badly, the fear that he will never walk again becomes a gremlin in your head. Yet the change in duke was amazing…The sad tired look had gone and our boy had a sparkle in his eyes. Yes he gets frustrated and shakes his head in annoyance but he has a will to live and loves to be loved and thats what keeps us going. Many times i would sit and cry with sheer frustration myself but the special moments with this boy made me realise that the only times he looked sad were the days that i was really sad.


Dukes friendship with our lovely kevin the lamb grew and grew and it was so lovely to see that many a day they comforted each other, no sound, no words needed, just the companionship was enough



We started to put duke in his hoist more and more which seemed to be working a treat, along with chiro care and homeopathic remedies, turmeric golden paste, devils claw and glucosomin topped off with our holding him up, massaging his legs and helping him walk….

One day he would do great, the next day he would go backwards ….yet we kept going knowing that so many people cared and were watching our boy x


We diced again that we were at stalemate, even though he could now stand unaided for longer periods of time and did not need literally holing up, he could walk up the field but only with our support. We knew it was time to start to look for more outside help ..

Our vet was booked for a course of acupuncture which again was not cheap but it was another glimmer of hope of some kind of outside help. She told us that the following day he might not be to good and he wasn’t, he seemed a lot worse but apprently that was a good sign as it meant he was reacting to the treatment


I was so worried about duke that i sat in the shed with him till late and i spoke to him and he certainly listened to me, i could see him looking at me with a look that he could hear me.

The following day like a scene from little britain he managed to get himself into his shed without us helping or even seeing him lol how we have no idea

(excuse the dirty hand lol and people say to me, how do you always look so glamorous, as if lol)


Dukes 2nd acupuncture treatment by this point he knew what was coming and managed to swing around to bunt the vet, which was good to see such good movement in him
the following day he was weak again so did not do to much….
Then the next day, we opened his gate ready to help him out into the field, we got sidetracked, went back out to get him, he was nowhere to be seen….

OMG somehow he had got out of his shelter and crawled into the tint sheep shed next door…NO idea how but we were now faced with trying to get him out lol
After a huge struggle we jacked up the shelter with me inside it bent over to fit in ….Whilst trying to hold him up and get him out….I can laugh now but at the time …oh dear me lol

Spending so much time outside with duke i started to work on my phone just to pass the time and tried to think of ways to bring in an income
We started doing selfies, which to be honest i do not like my own photos but i knew that showing duke for the being, the SOMEONE that he is was far more important than my vanity or embarrassment
I totally love these photos simply because it shows dukes true personality and his charm and cheekiness so well…..Whenever i look at these images his teeth or teef as he calls them really make me smile

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Everyday i could see the spark in his eyes get brighter and the bond between myself and this boy is amazing, he loves me as much as i love him and it shows. He spends hours grooming me which i let him even though i come out of the shed soaking wet lol… Because i know its his way of thanking me and returning the friendship

Some days we would work duke hard as we know he can be very lazy and lean on us rather than use his own muscles….He would look forward to rest time and put his head on my shoulder and purr in my ear such a contented sound .

Such a beautiful soul …He brightens the darkest of days


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dukes life update no2

Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 8:35 PM by CALF (Sharon) Duke Bullock

In total desperation for some kind of help from a professional, we had many good online calf supporters trying to get duke the publicity that was needed to reach out to anyone that could help….

I spent a long time putting together the story for the first reporter who assured me it was good news and would help duke….She took the story, then the silence deafened me…After a few days of awaiting the call from her i called her, she avoided my texts yet only showed interested and replied when she thought other media may be interested …I felt so annoyed that to her duke was just a story, a story that may cause attention simply because he may make people think….which may in turn lead to people questioning the meat industry…
i wastold no one was interested of which i did not believe for one minute…

THen i get a call from calendar news…..Again they were very interested and booked a visit for the following day…I rushed around like a woman possessed making sure all was ready for the filming as the reporter really wanted duke to be hoisted to the digger….
On the morning of the shoot i get a text to say sorry have to cancel….Yet again i am left feeling very alone, but the friendship between myself and duke has grown so strong that for every set back we become closer and stronger

then out of the blue we get a call from a wonderful calf supporter (Sharon M) who tells us she has lined up look north for an interview…

It was pretty terrifying to say the least but we were very happy with what she put together for duke that was aired on TV

Not long after she also got us in the Northern Echo And the malton Gazette which was so great to see, as far as donations or help it made very little difference but we were thankful for dukes story being told and hope that it may of touched one heart along the way

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The days were getting shorter as we tried our best to get duke walking….He went from being very unstable to being able to stand unaided for longer periods, but each positive was very small and when your with him constantly it often becomes hard to see the improvements, but the chiropractor and the vet could see his achievements from a different more positive angle

We often felt like one step forwards 2 steps back….Yet duke was becoming very popular online so we decided to give him his own page which he loves ;o)

dukes page

After a hard days work which involved getting him upright early, massaging him, cleaning him upif he had been on his side, then trying to walk him and move him…Strapping him into his hoist and work his legs whilst he was stable, duke would be exhausted and so were we

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yet we began to see a change in duke, it was a look in his eyes, a look of love and trust and that in itself was payment enough for all the hardwork

I loved duke and he loved me right back



SAdly though we felt his walking was not improving….He was still very unsteady on his legs , but i had to keep reminding myself…Duke has had a major injury, a possible pelvis fracture and neurological damage …And this in a human could take months upon months to recover so we had to give duke the time

We lost hours upon hours of work time which means a loss in income, so a lot of the cash raised on go fund me was literally to keep calf afloat …
I started to draw duke whilst i was in the field with him….and sold a few of these in print form…but time is so short that even getting these printed mounted and posted is no easy task, but hopefully eventually things will level out







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Dukes Update May 2015

Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 7:59 PM by CALF (Sharon) Duke Bullock

Duke has been with us just over 2 months now and what a roller coaster ride that has been on so many levels

Where do i begin with the follow on

We ended up spending so many hours in the field in all weathers holding duke up….whilst we rattled our brains as to how and what we could do…

when the weather turned horrid we had no choice but to struggle and get him into the wendy house where we had to bend into an awkward shape to hold him up….i can laugh now but at the time it was pretty horrendous

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We have been on a massive roller coaster of emotions…

We set up a go fund me page to try and raise the cash to buy a second hand digger that would help hold him up, but the cheapest bottom end of the market was still high end of 10,000 of which we really could not afford…

Desperate to get him to his feet we booked a chiropractor who came to do massage sessions and give us advice which was very helpful…

o everyday without fail we were massaging duke….with lots of oils and potions….Doing everything that we could….Hours upon hours of our time were taken up and in the early weeks i had to close the cafe that i run to be with dukes, which meant literally NO income


We had constant vet care also to check duke was comfortable and free from pain…

From some of the go fund me donations we persuaded a contractor that we knew to drop other jobs and build the shed and design a hoisting system within it that could help keep duke on his feet

It was so good to get duke indoors and the shed, build and hoist cost over 2,000 so already a huge depletion in the go fund me, but so worth it

We borrowed a sling to go with the hoist from the vets, but because duke is male and very small, it never fit him, so we bought a sling hoist at a cost of 600.00 but sadly that to was huge…

With no one to help we ended up designing a system from hoisting straps which worked well but sadly after a while he got sores so it was back to the drawing board


we designed a new one and had a local make it up, but again we were not pleased that it did the job well enogh so we went back to our system and modified it with extra padded areas to protect his inner legs

one beautiful thing though was the lovely bond and friendship that was forming between kevin the rescued lamb and duke the bullock…..duke in the early days looked so sad, but kevin helped him in his times of need and loneliness



We decided to rent a digger for a week to see if it was any good, sadly the weather was horrid and the rain very bad so we only got one really good day to use it for the purpose we hired it for….
It did work well but the cost of almost 400 per week we really could not afford so we had to let it go back and continue with the personal one on one help that he was getting X

Little kevin the lamb was always by his side….The digger worked well but the weather and wet slippy ground was against us

After 6 weeks of intense care spending around 6 hours per day with him the strain began to take its toll….The lack of working and the money i was losing was scaring me as being self employed, no work no pay…

There would be times when i would just sit and cry and think “can we do anymore for him” …I would speak to duke and look him in the eye and i would know he was listening to me…

The first real doubt i had….I told him to believe and that we could not do this alone…..I massaged him, wazza walked him and i cried as i thought we could not do enough for him…
The next day …i got home from work and wazza said
“Come here, look out the window, can you see duke? ”
“No” my reply with panic in my voice
“”thats because he walked on his own into his own shed”
Wazza stood him up then walked away to do other jobs, when he went back he panicked as he could not see him….Low and behold he was in his shed, he got sick of waiting so made his own way home.

Every tiny step of improvement was one to celebrate


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