January 28, 2009

Speaking of Cows

Cows, apparently, have a tendency to face magnetic south or north.

And, cows with names tend to provide more milk.

comments

  1. Sheila Ryan on January 28th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m off to Mount Hope Road now and see me some cows.

  2. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Ross played saxophone to the cows across the road here in Clare, last year. They came running across the field to hear the news from Brooklyn.

  3. Sheila Ryan on January 28th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    They dug that gratuitous Brooklyn sax.

  4. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    They listened. They were curious. I came along to take pictures and they ran away. They could listen to free jazz but bro, they really couldn’t be put on the internet listening to it, you dig?

  5. Sheila Ryan on January 28th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    My cat adores James Brown. Previous cats were into Jimi Hendrix and Pere Ubu.

  6. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    But what if you had a cat who went all catnipcrazy over say, Barry Manilow, Sheila? Could you stand it? Would you be able to indulge her need for schmalz, selflessly? I mean, James Brown is easy. I’ve been snubbed by horses. Horses are a tough crowd. Not as changeable as cows though. When they like something, they LIKE it.

  7. Sheila Ryan on January 28th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I’d have drowned her when she was a kitten.

  8. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Jesus.

  9. Sheila Ryan on January 28th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I’m a stone-cold woman, Lucy.

  10. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Phew.

  11. Bovine Orientation : clusterflock on January 28th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    [...] over off Mount Hope Road, and they seemed to be pointing kinda northerly, though whether it was magnetic north or geographic north, I couldn’t [...]

  12. Kathy Hilen-Smith on January 28th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Hmmm…. 8,510 cattle in 308 locations around the world would mostly face north-south. . That’s not all the cows. Perhaps these cows were part of some sort of conspiracy? Maybe they are all bovine dittoheads in some bovine realm that we can’t fathom.

  13. Kathy Hilen-Smith on January 28th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t trust cows.

  14. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I had a pair of cows lick my feet once. They approached from different directions. I have photographs.

  15. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I have also been chased by a large herd of cows. I don’t think they meant to, but once we were all moving, there was no stopping until I got over a fence. Then we all stopped, and stared at each other, sanguinely. I love cows. I love them.

  16. Kathy Hilen-Smith on January 28th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Were these Irish cows?

    I love cows too. I just don’t trust them.

  17. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Yes Kathy. I think all of my intimate engagements with cows have been on home turf. Yes, there is something of the lizard about a cow. You can either see it or you can’t.

  18. Kathy Hilen-Smith on January 28th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Well, if I’d ever had intimate engagements with cows I’d want them to be on home turf. And facing magnetic north. With a saxophone. But that’s just me.

  19. Lucy Foley on January 28th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Kathy, I have lived the dream.

  20. Dave Vogt on January 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I put a magnet into a cow once. She didn’t like the idea, but I had large tools and larger men holding her in place.

    The mouth end, by the way. It wouldn’t stay in the other end very well.