Thursday, November 01, 2012
A Funny Thing About Cows
But no matter how gentle a calf is, chances are they don't appreciate someone grabbing them by the tail. So to accomplish tail washing, I rub the animals head and neck first. Some animals love being touched. Others strain on their collar to give them a greater distance. Not letting up, I gently speak to them, and rub them until they relax, then one hand with the warm wet cloth on the tail and the other still on their head, I wash. (Both hands wearing gloves.)
The funny thing about calves happens when you move down the line to wash the next tail, with a fresh and clean warm cloth. For while trying to calm and reassure the next washing victim, who is trying to be at a greater distance, the previously hesitant but now clean calf is butting in, looking for more of that good rubbing.
It's a good thing we don't have calves here at the house. For I would be out there with them, day and night. Treating them like oversized lap dogs. Now that's an image that will stay with you quite a long time.