Dumdum (Featured story in the anthology by Janice Daugharty
Approx. 5,890 words.
Published on June 22, 2010.
At first "the boy" finds the inbred calves he has to tend a burden and embarrassment. That is until the squatters at a country store try to pass the calves off to a stranger traveling through. "Never name a cow, boy," one of the men say. But it's too late. The boy has named and fallen in love with them, especially the cow he calls Dumdum.