CowaBunga!

two cows standing on the other side of a barbed wire fence, one is brown, the other black and white, I don't know their technical namesThe commercial says California cows are happy cows. I don't know how happy they are, but they sure are an inquisitive bunch. We often pass this pasture on our favorite walking trail, but we've never seen cows there before. Maybe their schedule had changed, though, because the other day, there were a group of cows, right on the other side of the fence.

cabana standing on a narrow dirt path flanked by grass, with a few cows looking at her on the other side of the barbed wire fence, the cows are maybe 10 feet away
At first, Cabana was rather intrigued. She had never been so close to cows before.

now there are six cows standing right up against the fence, some even put their faces through the gaps in the wire although I didn't get a photo of thatCabana was not the only one who was intrigued! After a minute, more and more cows started coming over to the fence to check Cabana out!

cabana standing on the path, nervous body languageThis made Cabana very nervous. She did NOT want to walk by them. I spoke reassuringly to her and tried to get her to continue on the trail. After a few minutes of nervous prancing about, thanks to our 26' retractable leash, Cabana angled out WAY into the grass, off the path, in a wide circle to get passed them with as much distance between the cows and herself.

The cows never made a single moo, and Cabana never let out a bark. It was a completely silent interchange. I'm interested to see what happens the next time we walk by this fence. Hopefully, the cows will give Cabana a bit more space!

Becky  – (April 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM)  

That is so interesting - would be amazing to understand what was going through their heads as they had this interaction. Cricket is a little spooked by horses.

JackDaddy  – (April 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM)  

I know what they were thinking: FOOD.

That's all cows ever think about! :)

Sarah and Vance  – (April 16, 2010 at 11:20 AM)  

wow! Doni did the same thing only it was pigs, can't stand them! took alot of praise and dancing on my part. after the third day of visiting them he did better.

Cassie (and Dagan - cheering Poppy on at GDB!)  – (April 16, 2010 at 11:20 AM)  

Dear Cabana, next tine your family goes out of town without you, you should stay at my house! Not only will we get to run run run, but I can also teach you about cows! I have lots of cows friends. Ok, I call them friends, they call me uninteresting. I'm kinda jealous that your cows came up to say hi. Mine just stand their and look at me. At least they are more polite than me sheep - those ladies take one look at me and RUN! It's like they think I am ugly or sumtin. Come play Cabana!!
Wags,
Dagan

Carrie and Waffle  – (April 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM)  

Silly Labbie, cows make really stinky smelling 'prizes' for you to roll in, or pick up up, and sometimes they are nice to snack on too!
the Waffle the Wise Woman

Kari in WeHo  – (April 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM)  

I find cows fascinating :) They always look intense... yet not all there

L^2  – (April 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM)  

LOL It would be fun to hear what was going on in her head.

Willow is always curious about other animals like cows, horses, sheep, goats, etc. She seems to think they're all just big dogs and wants to play with them.

Emily and the Labradors  – (April 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM)  

Your pictures continually make me miss California! And not much does, really. We sometimes have cows in our nearby open space, but they are not separated by a fence and mostly keep their distance. Luckily nobody has reacted much to them.

P.S. Belated thanks for the shirt! Love the brown! Will definitely consider a jacket when you do another printing...

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