|Officer, I'd like to report a suspicious cow|
Ok -- is the house on a level entrance, or are there stairs? Does it have any sort of grates or drainage on the walk up to the door? there won't be any dogs, right? How long do you expect to need the cow?
They wanted the cow to be at their new house at 5:30am, and they needed her for what they figured would be a half-hour or so.
|one scarf for the cow, one for her calf|
|I've edited out the person (white rectangle on the right) but you can see the view.|
They did a ceremony outside the house, and I thought i was done, but they really did want to lead the cow through the house, and so in the front door she went, and around and around the house at least 3 times, and then it was done, and I made my exit.
Cow had been away from her calf for 45 minutes, and about halfway back to the trailer she decided she needed to run, and off we went. I had her on a long lead, and I wrapped one end around a telephone pole as we went by; that got her to stop, and we both looked at one another for a few minutes; she, with the flat bovine inscrutable gaze, and me with the concern that she might run off again and I'd show up on the morning news ("cow loose on queen anne! schools on lockdown!") but after a few minutes we made the rest of the walk back to the trailer and she was glad to see her calf, and jumped right in.
All in all a fun trip and nice to experience a little bit of a different culture and religion. I thought about it as I drove back; I don't have cows in my house, but in effect I do serve the cows and pigs every day.
The lady of the house said this "We're an agrarian society transplanted", and I think that's interesting. In my farming I've done the opposite. Where most folks don't live with their livestock they make a major part of my daily life.