Monthly Archives: January 2011

January is over and the score is 31 daily cows!

Daily cow milestoneI have to admit that maintaining a daily blog to document cow sightings has been quite challenging so far. It’s not hard to spot cows - I get to spot many more than I end up documenting, and I just highlight the most interesting ones – but it does take discipline to sit down every day and write about it. Especially when I have another personal blog that I’ve been neglecting even though I have tons of post updates ready in my head, a French shopping website to update several times a week, and a freelance business to run.

So today is my first milestone. January is over and I documented daily cow sightings for all 31 days of the month. I hope you’re enjoying the daily cow apparitions, some of which are quite expected while others may be more surprising, and stick around for more. Remember you can subscribe to receive this blog’s daily updates by email or RSS feed (instructions are at the top of the column on the right hand side), or follow “Every day I see a cow” on Facebook.

So far, I’ve seen a cow every day, and I’m getting to accept the fact that the daily cow sighting theory may be true.

Chick-fil-A makes its first appearance on this daily cow blog

I knew it was only be a matter of time until Chick-fil-A would make its first appearance on this daily cow blog. After all, I can’t think of any other US company that uses more cows to sell its products (which are all made of chicken, by the way)!

Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy with a Chick-fil-A cow

Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy with a Chick-fil-A cow

I still have to make my first visit to a local Chick-fil-A restaurant and read more about their ten-year-old infamous cow ad campaign (“Eat more chicken!”) but today I stumbled upon the company’s name in an article on Yahoo News, which reported on the backlash Chick-fil-A is experiencing after making a number of donations supporting the ban on gay marriage.

I won’t go into the details of the article but what caught my attention was the photo used for it. On the right, check out the happy girl who just received her free Chick-fil-A cow, still in its original package, as she is hugging Chick-fil-A’s founder Truett Cathy! Happy cows, happy customers!

After reading the Yahoo article, I went on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page to see the activity that was going on. I ended up finding an older wall post promoting Chick-fil-A’s 2011 calendar titled The Cows of Reality TV! Unfortunately, the company is all out of this calendar but you really have to see it to believe it…

Chick-fil-A 2011 cow calendar

Chick-fil-A 2011 cow calendar

Chick-fil-A 2011 cow calendar - The Cows of Reality TV

Chick-fil-A 2011 cow calendar - The Cows of Reality TV

Wow, I’m sooooo glad I don’t have cable TV service anymore!

By the way, if you’re still on the market for a 2011 cow calendar, Amazon still has a few dozens to choose from!

Today’s cow was thrown over the fence

My daily cow appeared from above today. Well, actually, it came from next door. I found it in our backyard, by our side fence. Here it is, in all of its glory:

Fisher Price Little People cow in our backyard

Fisher Price Little People cow in our backyard

What’s interesting about this cow is that I first thought it was ours. Yes, we have one exactly like it and it comes from the Fisher Price Little People Tow ‘n Pull Tractor:

Fisher Price Little People Tow n Pull Tractor

Fisher Price Little People Tow 'n Pull Tractor

However, when I picked it up, it felt quite heavy and I realized it was full of sand. We don’t have sand in our backyard but our neighbors’ son has his own sandbox and enjoys throwing his toys over the fence into our backyard (he loves doing it, and I hate it!). In return, my kids like to do the same with their toys, so we’re not always sure where all of our stuff is…

My first thought was to throw the cow back over the fence. But then I thought, what if it’s our cow, and my kids threw over the fence first, then our little neighbor played with it and gave it back to us? So we decided to keep it on our side until we’d solve the mystery.

Tonight I can announce that the mystery has been solved. We found our own cow in our living room, clean and groomed (we have good farmers taking care of it!). So tomorrow, it’s back over the fence and to your original owner, Daisy!

Oh, and by the way, look what came with the cow…

Little People pig in our backyard

Little People pig in our backyard

A pig! At this point, I’m seeing so many cows and pigs together (check out yesterday’s post that includes When Pigasso met Mootisse) that I’m starting to wonder if cows and pigs are supposed to be best friends and hang out together a lot.

I can accurately say this pig is not ours, and even though he’s very cute, Babe is going over the fence tomorrow with his best friend Daisy!

Does our librarian know about this daily cow blog?

During a short visit to the children’s section of our local library today, I was quite surprised to find a larger than usual number of cows pictured on the covers of the books on display. I have to wonder, does our librarian know about this daily cow sighting blog?

Seriously, the abundance of cows on display was ridiculous! Check out what I was able to spot in under a minute:

Curious George gets a medal, on a cow!

Curious George gets a medal, on a cow!

Wait a minute, what’s that book on the counter behind the George book? Well, you’ve got to see it to believe it! Another book with a cow…

The cow who clucked book

The cow who clucked book

And this was another book around the corner…

A place called kindergarten, with a cow

A place called kindergarten, with a cow

I saved the best for last. Check out When Pigasso met Mootisse!

Pigasso and Mootisse - an artsy cow and pig book

When Pigasso met Mootisse - an artsy cow and pig book

I was so intrigued by this book that I felt compelled to borrow it. Well, I’m glad I did, because I love the artwork and the story is entertaining and interesting too (artistic rendition of the feud that took place between Picasso and Matisse). Take a look at this Mootisse painting – what a treat!

Mootisse the cow - Matisse painting

Mootisse the cow - Matisse painting

So that’s four books with cows on the front cover that I spotted at the library in under one minute. I’m not sure if our librarian is reading this daily cow blog, but if she is, thanks for stopping by!

Where’s the beef? Our daily cows are at Trader Joe’s…

Trader Joe’s is quite a fun grocery store to shop at, as it offers a wide variety of ethnic foods in such a small space. My son and I made a quick run to our local Trader Joe’s this afternoon to grab a few of our favorite things. While my son was actively looking for the hidden green monkey (he gets to pick something from the prize box at the register if he finds it), I took a quick glance at the colorful paintings on the walls and the aisle signage to spot any friendly cows.

Trader Joe’s is very animal friendly in its store signage, starting with the countryside sceneries painted on the walls all the way down to the individual price tags, which tend to show animal heads. On that subject, I often wonder how they choose to associate some animals with specific product price tags (yes, I’ve seen giraffes on pasta tags before…).

Cows are quite prominent throughout the store, from the meat department to the dairy department of course. As I started taking a few pictures to document my cow sightings, I snapped this funny one in the dairy department (that cow looks scary by the way)…

Dairy cows at Trader Joe's

Dairy cows at Trader Joe's

when a Trader Joe’s employee approached me to kindly inform me that no photos were allowed in the store. I went on indicating that I was only taking pictures of their cows for my blog, thinking she would be intrigued, would ask more details, and let me capture my cow sightings. Well, no such luck. She plainly repeated, sorry, no photos in the store, it’s corporate policy. Wow, what a bunch of paranoid executives!

Alright, so as a cow spotter, I don’t give up that easily and I captured one more image before I left. In my opinion, this one is a copycat version of the French Le Boeuf poster I blogged about the other day, and it doesn’t even look as good…

Cow sign in the meat department at Trader Joe's

Cow sign in the meat department at Trader Joe's

Oh, one more question I want to ask… Isn’t “Where is the beef?” a slogan still under valid trademark by Wendy’s? Is that why I can’t take pictures of their signs? Hmm, makes you think…