Writer’s Workshop: Dream and King

When Mary and I first moved to Georgia, the area in which we lived was still pretty "country": most of the roads around us were two lanes and a significant amount of land in this area was dedicated to raising horses. There was an animal hospital near us that was dedicated to taking care of creatures great and small called the Horse & Hound Hopital, where they took care of dogs and cats as well as horses and other large animals. They had an enclosure on the property that you could see into from the road.

Not long after we moved here, we were driving past, and Mary starts shouting "John! There’s a Brahma bull at the Horse & Hound Hospital!" And she was right, there was the bull, hump and all. As we started passing it on a regular basis, we noticed that there was a horse that pretty much always with the bull in the enclosure. We talked to some of our neighbors, and learned that the bull’s name was King (after Martin Luther King, who lived in Atlanta), and the horse’s name was Dream (after Martin Luther King’s famous "I have a dream" speech).

Dream and King were practically inseparable, so much so that, when King accidentally gored Dream with one of his horns, he stood outside the room where the vet was taking care of Dream, clearly upset that he had hurt his buddy. It actually made national news (I had it posted to Facebook, but I ccan’t find it, nor can I find it using DuckDuckGo, so you’ll just have to take my word for it).

The Horse & Hound Hospital shut down around 10-15 years ago, and the land was sold to a developer who used it to build senior housing. I have no idea what happened to Dream and King; given the amount of time that’s passed since the hospital closed and the average life expectancy of a horse and a Brahma bull, I would guess that they’re now grazing in that great enclosure in the sky.

(The pictures above are stock images, since I couldn’t find an actual picture of them.)

10 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Dream and King

  1. That is so sweet! I love unlikely animal friendships. 🙂 But I hate watching land go from glorious pastures to buildings. We have plenty of buildings but we just can’t leave things be.


    1. A lot of times, the property owner doesn’t have a choice, because the property tax on the land is such a burden. Most of that money goes to infrastructure and salaries, which is what it’s supposed to pay for, although there are roads that have been in need of serious repair work that never seem to get fixed. I’m very leery of spending bills (at all levels of government) that promise a lot and deliver little…

      I miss Dream and King. There was something so wonderful about their relationship.


  2. Land being taken over by developers isn’t always a positive. Florida is a prime example with overpriced McMansions being built on once thriving orange groves. In fact, our oldest daughter lives in one of those areas. But, as more and more people flee states like here, in New York, they want a big bang for their buck, and the Southern States are ready to level the landscape at every opportunity.

    Sweet story about Dream and King.


    1. The tax code is partly to blame for the rise of subdivisions of huge houses on small lots. I’m not sure if it’s still like this, but proceeds from the sale of a house were counted as long-term capital gains unless the taxpayer paid at least as much for a new home. A two-bedroom bungalow in New Jersey could sell for $250,000, even if the person who owned it only paid $100,000. That’s a $150K capital gain he gets hit with unless he turns around and buys a home for more than that. If their intent is to move to Georgia, $250,000 buys a lot of house, probably much more than the buyer needs or wants. He buys it anyway, because he doesn’t want to hand $30,000 over to the government, who’s going to blow it on something like $500 hammers….

      I wish I could have found a picture of Dream and King. One doesn’t generally associate cuteness with animals over 1000 lb, but they really were dear friends.


  3. Oh wow! It shows how animals from different species get along. I watch shows on this called “ Anmal Friends”. Sad that the fields are gone…I really dislike developers.


    1. The problem is the owners can’t afford the property taxes, so they sell to developers who then subdivide the land, thus splitting the tax burden 10-15 ways. The politicians think that the taxpayers are an endless source of revenue…

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