by Angelika Ursula Dietrich
by Angelika Ursula Dietrich
at Highview Angus Ranch, Enterprise, Oregon
To some, this may be a boring, redundant event. To us, this means everything! It is different every time, and this time it was, in my humble opinion, magnificent.
Bringing home the cows and their calves up Homan Lane felt like “God’s presence” was all around us from my perspective.
The cows entered the road without hesitation. The calves followed their Warrior Mommas without pausing in their steps. Together, they marched in unity, slow and collected. They never hesitated to enter the corral, nor were they bothered by that little human being (me) standing there quietly with a stick that barely moved.
THIS IS HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE! We don’t chase, we guide. We don’t yell and scream. We talk to our livestock as if we are one: Quietly, minutely, respectfully.
If you can handle watching five minutes and 50 seconds of Jeff, his Dad Dave, Chris, our Border Collies Stone and Oakie, and me (at the very end) bringing home over 200 cows and their calves you will understand what is of utmost importance to us: The mental and physical wellbeing of our animals!
Thank you, dear Lord, for such an incredible experience this morning.
PS: If you are wondering where I am in relation to the video camera: I am all the way to the right-hand side behind the camera holding a long stick that is intended to extend my arm for guidance when and if necessary. I step forward at the very end to help Dad to guide and hold the calves before closing the gates.
Because of the ranch’s specific needs, we don’t use horses anymore. We use four-wheelers, ATVs, and our irreplaceable Border Collies.
Enjoy the video 🙂
ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions, is a professional Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.
Angelika's photography work has been displayed on the front cover of Idaho Magazine (2022), the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune, Cowboy Lifestyle Network (2021), Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018), and in various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007). Between 2007 and 2009, Angelika worked in radio as the news and sports director for owners Lee and Carol Lee Perkins at KWVR Radio in Enterprise, Oregon. After the station was sold, she created Wallowa Valley Online, an independent online news magazine publishing and writing news and engaging in photojournalism. After ten years of Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika decided to concentrate on her professional photography, write more human interest stories, and volunteer at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.
Regarding my writing: "As a grandchild of post-war Europe (ethnic ancestry Bohemian/Austrian/German) and former Army spouse, I have lived and visited many places across the globe. Wallowa County, Oregon, has been my home since 2002. I am the daughter of a mom whose country violently vanished post-WWII. Her family was forcefully removed from Bohemia in 1946 when she was only six years young and sent to West Germany in cattle wagons. Her life story has tremendously impacted my own and formed my views on humanity and, at times, the lack thereof.
My formal college education is in the nursing field and psychology, which finds itself in my work as a writer and photographer. I am a humanitarian by heart and soul." ~Angelika Ursula Dietrich