Monthly Archives: October 2011

Holy cow! Today’s Halloween cow is a Holstein… cat?

The few cows I saw today appeared in children’s book,s as well as on my living room floor (there was a poor stray I just had to rescue). Surprisingly, or not, I saw NO cows during our trick-or-treating outdoor adventure tonight. How disappointing. I may have to move to Minnesota to witness that…

But don’t worry, I found something very appropriate for today. Actually this has to be one of my very best cows of the year. Yes, I mean it and you’ll understand when you see it. Yesterday, Pedro the cat, who writes his own blog at Maru can kiss my own furry…, stopped by this blog to say hi. Pedro is quite a special cat because of the way he looks and because he’s a fan of cows. You see, Pedro’s got cow-spotted fur. Check him out – what a cutie!

Pedro the cat

Pedro the cat

So earlier today I asked Pedro the cat if I could feature him on this blog and he humbly accepted. What Pedro clearly forgot to mention was, what his Halloween costume was going to be. So when I stopped by his blog to grab his picture, I had quite a surprise when I read Pedro’s Halloween post.

Here’s Pedro with half of his costume in place:

Pedro the cat with his cow udders

Pedro the cat with his cow udders

And here’s Pedro with his full costume on. Holy cow! Holy kitty! Is it a cow? Is it a cat? Geeze, I’m so confused. What does it meeeeeeean? Sorry, I feel like Hungrybear with his double rainbow experience.

Pedro the cat dressed up as a cow for Halloween

Pedro the cat dressed up as a cow for Halloween

Pedro, thanks for the laugh! Thinking of it, I’m not sure who got the last laugh. You, your owner, or me? Or maybe whoever will read this post? I think Pedro wins Best Halloween Costume. What do you think?

What a nice set of horns you’ve got there!

We enjoyed a beautiful and surprisingly warm Fall morning at the San Diego Safari Park and took the railroad track-free “train” ride to see many African and Asian animals in a natural environment. We saw rhinos, giraffes, many types of gazelles and antelopes, Cape Buffalo (yes, a bovine!) and even a few ostriches. Towards the end of the ride, we stopped by for a close look at the Angola cows the zoo has on display:

Angola cows at the San Diego Safari Park

Angola cows at the San Diego Safari Park

A set of horns on the Angola cow can measure up to 9 feet long. Quite impressive! And even though the cows look pretty mellow, you probably wouldn’t want to piss them off. So hold off on the “your mama’s so fat” jokes…

Angola cow horns

Angola cow horns

Our cell phone cameras stopped taking pictures after this, but the cow sightings didn’t stop and we actually saw A LOT more cows today:

1) On our way out of the Safari Park, I noticed a large herd of Holstein dairy cows right across the road. I have never seen it before so it may be new. Something to be on the lookout during our next visit.

2) When we reached the first intersection, we saw cattle grazing on wild grass on our right. I’m guessing these cows will not see a happy ending.

3) Finally, as we drove by a local farm advertising many things for sale, from strawberrys and tomatos (yikes, someone needs a lesson in spelling!) to ostrich eggs and ostrich jerky, we saw what looked like a petting corral. The pen included llamas, ostriches, sheep and… cow calves.

Again I apologize for the lack of photos but we were quite unprepared for such an overwhelming sight. 

Tomorrow’s Halloween but somehow I doubt I’ll see any cows when we go trick or treating. What do you think?

Meet Buttermilk the mechanical milking cow

I saw a few cows today, mostly in the new children’s books we borrowed, and I may share them with you another day if I happen to read the books again. Instead of showing you some of these cows, I wanted to share with you a story I read online earlier this afternoon about Buttermilk, the new mechanical milking cow at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas. Look how cute it is!

Buttermilk the new mechanical milking cow at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, TX

Buttermilk the new mechanical milking cow at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, TX

Buttermilk is actually the second mechanical milking cow at this museum, replacing the first cow who got a little tired after 12,000 children practiced on its udders over a five-year period. Lifesize and made out of fiberglass, this light 200-pound cow helps little ones learn about the art of milking. I’m guessing it’s subtitled “The Giggling Machine”…

For more information about Buttermilk, including who helped pay for it, and what else is available at the Heritage Farm Museum in case you visit Plano someday, read this article on the Plano Courier Star news website.

Meet Captain America Cow!

I stopped by the library this afternoon to get a whole bunch of new children’s books I recently requested. While there, I browsed the juvenile literature department to pick a few more books off the shelves. The librarian was nice enough to leave a couple of books out for me (she’s so nice!):

Farmer Joe and the music show book

Farmer Joe and the music show book

Oh, farm animals playing as a band, that looks like fun! But this book may be even better…

Cock-a-doodle-moo book

Cock-a-doodle-moo book

But the best cow of the day is the one my husband saw when he was watching the TV show Louie on FX. Did you know they have cows in New York City? Wall Street Bull, meet your match: Captain America Cow!

Captain America Cow on FX's Louie

Captain America Cow on FX's Louie

Learn how to round up the cows with Little Critter

There are many ways to round up cows. Some people do it the traditional way, while others like to use remote control cars. When you’re Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter, you first have to put on the whole cowboy uniform. My three year old had a book request for Little Critter’s Just Go to Bed after lunch today:

Little Critter Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer

This is the kid version of the everdreaded time for kids to go to bed and how they always try to delay the ultimate ending of the day, even though this happens every single night. If you’re looking for the adult version, I highly recommend Go the F*&ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, as long as you keep it out of reach of little fingers and eyes:

Go the F*&ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Go the F*&ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

But let’s get back to Little Critter. One of his afternoon play activities is to round up the cows and he’s well equipped for the job! Check out his cowboy outfit, including the hat, boots, revolver, and of course, the lasso.

Just Go to Bed Little Critter

Just Go to Bed Little Critter

Now, all Little Critter needs is… a cow. Are you ready for this? Here’s the wild beast!

Little Critter's Just Go to Bed book

Little Critter's Just Go to Bed book

Oh, I’m not sure Little Critter can do it. What do you think? Are we making it too easy on our children to avoid failure?