It's Valentine's Day!  
Love is in the air and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate my one true love... The COW! 
Artist Lauren Terry and Highland Cow
 
We are all aware of the worldwide epidemic that is Global Warming and how much climate change is affecting our planet. Sadly one of the main contributors when it comes to Green House gases is, our friend, the Cow. The farming industry, especially cattle, are getting a tough time at the moment in the press through documentaries such as ‘Cowspiricy’ and ‘Apocalypse Cow’, due to the sheer amount of methane they produce, along with many other factors such as deforestation for grazing land and water pollution.  
 
These are all big issues and something that we should all take very seriously however I don't want this post to be a doom and gloom lecture on Global Warming. I want to put the negativity aside and instead to celebrate everything wonderful about the cow and show them some much deserved love!  
 
THEY'RE CLEVER  
 
Don’t let that far off gaze fool you, cows are very intelligent. They are highly curious and capable of learning associations, problem solving and using past experiences to determine their future. There’s many stories of cows escaping fields down to a master mind ring leader opening a gate. They’ll even do a celebratory dance when they achieve their goal. 
 
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER 
 
Studies show that cows form bonds with significant others, and are at their calmest when surrounded by their favourite beings. They have strong sense of compassion and empathy, comforting their gal pals with a bit of grooming in times of need! If you really want a heart melting moment just wait till you hear the story of Simon & Leornardo! 
Cow and Tortoise, unlikely friends

 

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER 
Best buddies Simon and Leonardo formed the unlikeliest of friendships! 
 
THEY ARE EMOTIONAL SOULS 
 
Ever been accused of being a Moody Cow? 
 
Well cows have emotions too! There’s nothing better than seeing a smiling cow! They love to play and frolic, you should see a cow skip around her sunny field after a winter indoors! But don’t expect smiles all round when the weather turns bad, just like us cows are highly influenced by their surroundings and can easily get in a grump. One thing I’ve learned photographing cattle, if a cow doesn’t want her photo taking, it shows! 
 
Running Highland Calf
Happy Days! 
Grumpy Friesian Calf
What you looking at?  
 
So now you know just why I love Cows so much! I’d love to hear what you love about our bovine buddies, just comment below!  
 
 
THEY LOVE A CUDDLE  
 
Now I’m not saying that you should leap in the first field you see and throw yourself upon a cow, but if you’ve ever had the chance to give a cow a good tickle you will know what a special bonding moment it is. Cattle can be so welcoming and will run to you for a scratch and a cuddle. 
Friendly Jersey Cow
THEY HAVE A FANTASTIC MEMORY 
 
A cow can remember lots of different things, things like where their food is, to a favourite spot, their bed and where they left their babies. I loved watching a herd of dairy cows on their daily walk for milking. At four o'clock they were lined up waiting for us at the gate. As soon as the gate was open, they calmly made the 10 minute walk, with no direction from a farmer, up the lane past lots of other fields, gateways and distractions, to the milking parlour! 
They also remember faces and interactions so it’s always worth giving a cow a nice scratch behind the ear! 
Lauren Terry with Holstein Calf

 

 
THEY ARE VERY FORGIVING  
 
There are cows that hold a grudge and avoid animals and people that they have reason not to trust. But they are also known to be very forgiving. There are cows that have come from horrible farms, knowing only abuse and neglect, that have been re-homed and over time learned to trust, love and ultimately forgiven. 
 
 
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