While in Vermont, I was in my glory! I got to pet both shy and friendly cows. They were beautiful and just by watching them a bit, I was able to determine which one was the boss cow. I couldn't resist photographing these huge beasts. I learned that they can move very fast if they choose. One day, Bossy decided to show her stuff and tell the black and white cow that she could no longer be petted by the 'visitor'. So, Oreo (my name for the black and white one) knew she was coming and attempted to get the first kick in but that was not a good idea. Bossy put her head under Oreo's utters and shoved her away. Ouch! These cows are preggy too! So, Oreo went up the hill to lick her wounds under a tree despite my reprimands to Bossy. Bossy then pushed Strawberry up the hill as well...The next day, the red and white spotted cow (Strawberry) moooed at me when we got out of the car as I told them all 'hello!' That was amazing. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I do not know cows at all. Jess and Blue always give a friendly 'neigh' and talk frequently to their Mama....
HI LADY! COME PET US AND SCRATCH BEHIND OUR EARS!
UGH, OH! HERE COMES BOSSY!
LEAVE US ALONE! WE WEREN'T DOING ANYTHING WRONG.....
DON'T YOU TEST ME, YOU YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPER!
YOU GET UP UNDER THAT TREE...NOW!YOU GET UP UNDER THAT TREE TOO!
NOW BOTH OF YOU STAY UNDER THAT TREE!
Strawberry (the moo cow) ended up being the most friendly. I was able to give her a few neck massages while she stood very still reaping the pleasant rewards. Notice Bossy giving me a disapproving look!
LADY, MY COWS ARE NOT TO BE SPOILED! I HEAR YOUR ANIMALS ARE ROTTEN!
Cream Puff, the white one, was very hesitant but would get close enough listen to my silly cow talk. She allowed me to scratch her head one time. She didn't look pregnant. maybe she is younger and the others would have pushed her away...wonder why she doesn't look as boney as the others...
My sis and I noticed circular sores on their knees and asked Mom but she had no clue what that was about as Grampie's cows didn't have sores on their bodies. There were hundreds of flies on their backs too. I do know they have those fly spray fabric rolls that they can brush under but maybe that is not the 'organic' thing to do...have no clue! I swished away the pesky ones near their eyes during their petting sessions. I probably would not be a very good farmer, but it was great fun to get up close to these amazing and gentle creatures! Miss you, cows!!!