There I was yesterday tooling along a farm-to-market road just west of Amarillo. Like a good Texan I was behind the wheel of my Ford pick-up with my family along for the ride. This is the conversation that ensued when my 9yo spied a dead cow laying in the bar ditch.
"Dad, did a car hit that cow."
"No," I answered. "I'm sure it died out in the field and the rancher just drug it outside the fence so the truck could pick it up."
"What truck? Why would a truck wanna pick up a dead cow?"
"They use dead cows for stuff like bone meal and dog food, " I answered.
"Gross," said my 9yo. "I didn't know they made dog food from dead cows."
"Hamburgers are dead cows too," I answered. They just kill the cows at the packing plant instead of picking them up from ranchers.
My 7 year old son who had remained quiet until now pipes up and says, "The TV commercials say dog food tastes like meat, but really dog food just tastes like cereal."
And yeah, he is my son, so he said this with noticeable disappointment in his voice.
Doubt I'll get another post up before Christmas so let me say Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. May your holiday season and the upcoming year be blessed. And unless you happen to be one of those crazy vegetarians may you table be stocked with plenty of meat. After all I wouldn't want your kid to snack on the Alpo in hopes of finding meaty goodness.