The sun was just peeking over the rolling hills when Patton the rooster marched out of his chicken coop to start his morning patrol. Before leaving, he took a quick glance into the coop to make sure that none of the chickens were awake yet. As he assumed, all of his friends were fast asleep, comfortably snuggled together in their warm home. With a ruffle of his feathers, he walked off to begin his patrol.
It was almost time to go back home and wake up the chickens when Patton heard a mysterious shuffling in the tall shrubs. Bravely, he puffed out his chest and marched towards the noise to investigate. Suddenly, something jumped out of the bushes and Patton valiantly jumped on top of it pecking with all his might.
“Patton! Stop! It’s just me!” yelled the animal beneath the angry rooster. Recognizing the voice he had just heard, he jumped off.
“Why are you out of the coop so early Kukkud!? You know it’s not safe for you to come out till I’m done with the morning patrol!” said Patton, his voice laced with annoyance towards the young rooster.
“I’m old enough Patton! Please let me come with you?” Just as Patton was about to answer the small rooster, he heard another shuffle by the shrubs.
“Kukkud! Did you bring another chicken with you!” He yelled angrily.
“No Patton! I promise! I made sure no one saw me leave!” Realizing that the noise could be a true threat, Patton instinctively stepped in front of Kukkud.
Suddenly, a young coyote jumped out and pinned him onto the floor.
“Run Kukkud!” yelled the struggling rooster. Horrified, the young rooster took off toward the coop as fast as he could.
When Kukkud finally got back to the chicken coop, he was out of breath and exhausted. The young rooster had no idea what to do to save Patton from the coyote. Just then, Pachi the goat who had just woken up walked up to the clearly panicked rooster.
“What’s wrong Kukkud? You look like you’ve just seen a coyote!” joked Pachi.
“Help me Pachi! Its Patton! There’s a coyote!” Pachi, knowing immediately what had to be done took off towards the rancher’s house.
“Follow me little rooster! I know who we need!”
The two ran all the way to the front door of the rancher’s house, where the heelers would be resting. As Pachi suspected, there was Sonny and Percy, it was still too early for the dogs to be out of the house. She bounded up the stairs and head butted the door with all her might. Sonny and Percy, startled by the sudden commotion, jumped up to look out of the window.
“Pachi? What’s wrong?” said Sonny.
“Percy! Sonny! Help! Patton’s been taken by a coyote!”
Immediately, the two dogs sprang into action, howling until the rancher opened the door to let them out of the house.
“You take lead Percy! You’ve got this.” Said Sonny to his son, who had proved his value as a guard dog the past few weeks. Without a second to waste and knowing exactly where to look first, Percy took off to save Cloverfield Ranch’s beloved rooster. Percy’s experience paid off, because just as he had suspected, he saw the coyote creep along the fence of the ranch with Patton dangling between his teeth. Fearing the worst for Patton, the two dogs jumped into action, racing towards the coyote, barking as loud as they could. Startled, the coyote dropped Patton and took off into the distance knowing that the rooster was not worth a fight with the heelers. Percy quickly went to where the coyote had dropped the rooster, hoping that he was still alive and well. As he approached, Percy saw Patton’s body lay on the ground, motionless. Just when he thought that the beloved Rooster had not made it, Patton sprung up with all his might, well and alert.
“Patton! Are you okay?!” exclaimed Percy.
“Thanks to you kid.” Said Patton thankfully.
“Boy are we glad to see you safe, rooster.” Said Sonny.
The trio walked back to the rancher’s house, where they knew Pachi and Kukkud would be anxiously waiting.
When they approached the house, Kukkud jumped up filled with relief.
“Patton! I’m so glad that you’re alright!” said the little rooster.
“And it's because of you, Kukkud. I think it’s time for you to come with me on the patrols as well.” Said Patton, knowing how much the little rooster had wanted to. Kukkud ruffled his feathers and jumped for joy.
“Good job Percy. You did well.” Said Sonny, proud of his son. And just like that, the crew went about their day.
And that’s just another day at Cloverfield ranch!
The clouds hung low over the prairie grass as Sonny trotted along, making his way around the pond, his favorite spot in the ranch. Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a flutter of movement coming from the edge of the pond.
“Hmm. I wonder what that is. I should check it out just in case the rancher should know” he thought to himself as he made his way to the far corner of the pond carefully stepping closer to the edge.
Suddenly, with a powerful stroke of his wings, a hawk jumped from the water, trying to find a way out of the water. Startled, Sonny jumped back, but he soon realized that the hawk was desperately trying to find a way out of the water and onto the safety of land.
“Is everything alright? Are you hurt?” asked Sonny.
“My wing – I can’t move it! Please help me!” cried the hawk.
“I’ll be right back Mr. Hawk! Stay strong!” Sonny turned on his heels quickly, knowing exactly what he had to do. He bolted towards the ranch house, where he knew the rancher would be resting.
Stopping right at the door, he took a deep breath and started to howl, knowing that he would get the rancher’s attention. Almost as soon as he started to bellow the rancher stormed out of the door, knowing that something was wrong.
“What is it boy? What’s wrong?” he asked Sonny. Quickly, Sonny ran back towards the pond where the hawk was, knowing that the rancher would follow him. Confused, the rancher made his way to where Sonny had taken off to. When he got there, he carefully climbed down to the edge of the pond only to see a beautiful, big, brown, hawk struggling to get out of the water.
Frightened by the rancher, the hawk shrieked to Sonny, “You brought a human to help? I can’t trust a human!” Before Sonny could reassure him of the rancher’s intentions, the rancher tried to carefully pull the hawk to safety. Scared and angry that Sonny had not told him he was going to get a human, the hawk sunk his long talons deep into the rancher’s hand and locked on. The ranched grimaced in pain, unable to get the hawk off of him.
Quickly sprinting into action to help his rancher, Sonny bellowed to the hawk, “you have to trust him! He’s trying to save you! He wouldn’t have taken the risk if he didn’t want to help you!”
The hawk, growing tired from fighting with his wounded wing realized his mistake quickly. He slowly let the rancher’s hand go and lay still so that the rancher could carry him to warmth and safety.
“Good job Sonny, you saved this hawk’s life” said the rancher, scratching the top of Sonny’s head. “As for you,” said the rancher to the hawk who was now enjoying the warmth of a nice stall and good food, “I think we should name you Garuda after the legendary warrior bird.”
“I like that name” said Garuda to Sonny. He raised his wing, signaling his approval to the rancher.
“Garuda it is!” said the rancher and went off to do his chores as Garuda finished his dinner.
For the next few months, Garuda stayed happily with the rancher, carefully nursing his wounded wing back to health. One day, when the rancher came into the barn to check on the hawk, he noticed that the stall was empty and there was no sign of Garuda. Suddenly, he heard a loud shriek coming from the outside of the barn. As he turned to look outside there was Garuda, looking strong and majestic cawing to the rancher. With a powerful stroke of his wings he took off, circling once around the ranch to say his final thank you and goodbye to the rancher and Sonny before flying into the distance.
“Goodbye Garuda” said Sonny, as he watched the now powerful bird go off into the sunset.
And that’s just another day at Cloverfield Ranch!
It was a quiet day on the ranch. The horses and goats were happily munching on the lush grass and enjoying the fresh breeze of the late summer. The rancher had left early that morning with his truck and trailer, and there had been no sign of him for the past few hours.
"Do you think they are bringing new horses to Cloverfield Ranch, Drifter?" asked Friday, who had spent the past few hours keeping an eye out for the rancher and his return.
"You can never tell Friday. Sometimes its more food for us, and sometimes its new horses. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, we'll find out soon enough." said Drifter.
"I hope it's food! I don't like new horses!" said Friday, pawing stubbornly at the ground.
"Friday, Drifter look! He's back!" said Maya, her golden hair flowing as she sprinted past them, running up to the trailer that was making its way down the driveway. All the horses followed, running wild and bucking behind the trailer, excited to see what awaited them inside.
The trailer came to a slow stop, and the rancher stepped out of his truck.
"Go ahead guys! Take a look, see whats in there!" he said, gesturing the horses towards the trailer.
"Hmm, it smells kinda funny in there! It doesn't smell like food or new horses!" said Friday, slowly backing away from the trailer with Maya.
"Don't worry guys! I'll go check out what's inside." said Drifter as he confidently walked past Friday and towards the trailer.
Slowly, he walked around the metal box and peeked inside.
"Hmm that's strange, I can't see anything inside." he thought to himself. He took another step to look a little closer and suddenly he heard a loud "OINK."
"RUN GUYS IT'S GOING TO EAT US!" Drifter screamed, and he turned and bolted away.
"Lets go Maya!" said Friday, as the two followed Drifter along with the rest of the herd, heads and tails high in the air. When he felt as though he was far enough, Drifter and the rest of the herd stopped to see what was in the trailer.
After watching the horses bolt, the rancher laughed, and made his way to the back of the trailer to let the new additions out. When he opened the door, Bonnie and Clyde, Cloverfield's very own new piglets hopped out, ready to explore their new home.
"That sound was made by piglets?!" exclaimed Friday to Drifter as he and the other horses watched the tiny pigs make their way to the pen with the rancher.
"Huh, I would've never guessed. I guess you really can't ever judge a book by its cover!" said Drifter, as the entire herd made its way back to the trailer to say welcome to the new additions to Cloverfield ranch.
And that's just another day at Cloverfield Ranch!
The moon was still awake when the rancher woke up one early morning. Something wasn't right he thought as he walked towards Sonny and Percy, Cloverfield's two most trusted morning patrollers.
"Go find out what's wrong boys" the rancher said, as he opened the front door for Sonny and Percy to begin their morning patrols.
The two were padding along the property when suddenly Percy stopped and pricked his ears.
"Did you hear that, dad?" he asked Sonny as he looked towards the back property.
"Must be that coyote that shows up every morning." Sonny replied, turning around to have a better listen. Suddenly, a chorus of howls sounded startling both father and son.
"That doesn't sound like just one coyote, that sounds like many!" Percy said as he and Sonny began to run towards where the sound was coming from. As the two made their way over the hill, Sonny and Percy finally found out where the sound was coming from. Rather than the usual coyote, there were three!
Immediately, the two jumped into action. Barking loud and clear with the hair along their backs raised, Percy and Sonny ran swiftly towards the pack of coyotes in order to protect their ranch.
At to the sound of Sonny and Percy, the three coyotes took off realizing that this property wasn't theirs to take! Sonny and Percy stopped and watched as the three coyotes ran off into the distance far, far, away. Sonny and Percy trotted back to the house proudly, surprised to find the rancher waiting for them.
"Good work this morning boys!" he said, glad to have two of the best morning patrollers around.
And that's just another day at Cloverfield Ranch!
On a bright and sunny day, Patton the rooster sat near the tack shed basking in the sun with Big Red and the other chickens. Just as he was wondering what he would be eating for lunch, the rancher walked out of his house and headed towards the tack shed.
"Everyone! The rancher is coming! Hurry so we can get some sweet treats!" Patton clucked, running towards the hitching post as the rancher walked into the shed. As soon as the door opened, Patton and the rest of the chickens could smell the mouthwatering fragrance of sweet grain coming from inside the shed.
"Well, Patton? How do we ask him for grain?" asked Big Red as she walked up to the rooster. An idea suddenly popped into Patton's head. With a mighty leap and a swift stroke of his wings, Patton landed on the hitching post.
"Cockadoodledooo" crowed Patton, instantly getting the rancher's attention.
"Haha don't worry guys. I would never forget your grain!" said the rancher as he took a big scoop of the sweet grain and spread it out on the floor. Patton and all the chickens ran to the grain, gulping it up.
"Yummy!" Patton said in delight as all the other chickens agreed.
And that's just another day at Cloverfield Ranch!