Monday, November 05, 2012

Thank You Milk


I'm not sure how many sixty-year old women could withstand a full force, apex of the swing kick from a 1300+ pound cow, without significant damage...... I did just that this morning though, and although I have a dent and a bruise and they heard the crack all the way over on the other side of the barn and came running, I think I will be okay. At least I finished milking and chores and am not limping much more than usual.


I blame the milk I have drunk at almost every meal, almost all my life. I also thank the kind Lord that she caught me in the best possible spot, mid-way up my thigh, so no joints or tender bits were damaged. She even missed my cell phone.

I am not too happy with the cow though. She has always kicked out behind at men, although not usually women and we handle her accordingly, not scraping up behind her or working on the gutter chain without putting her outdoors first. 

However, Becky and I have milked her for years....she is seven years old...and always been kind and gentle with her. I spoke to her as I was walking behind her. I was watching for her so I wouldn't get kicked, staying close to the wall, but she spun sideways and nailed me for no obvious reason other than that she could. 

The boss will be milking her for a while I guess.

14 comments:

joated said...

She needs a 2"x4" (or a nice Adirondack baseball bat) between the ears when she acts up like that. Just saying.

Woodswalker said...

I doubt very much that beating a cow with a board would improve her temperament. We all have bad days. So sorry to hear that you had to bear the brunt. Take care.

RM said...

Good grief! Glad you're ok!

ellie k said...

I agree beating a cow does not improve her temperament. Milk is really important for the body I think.we take care of a lady that is 92, she drinks two gallon or more milk a week, this lady had taken a number of hard falls and has never had a broken bone. I think her bones are just extra strong from all the milk.

threecollie said...

Joated, don't want to go there. However, I did mention sesame seed buns in her hearing.

WW, thanks, not sure why she decided to kick like that, but I will just let Ralph milk her for a while. He is a lot bigger and tougher than I am.

RM, thanks. I was shocked, really shocked that she kicked me like that. She meant it!

ellie, that is wonderful. I truly believe in the power of milk for building strong bones. I have taken some awful beatings from animals, and although they have done some nasty stuff to my joints, they have never broken any bones.

Jan said...

You continue to dispell my stereotype of sweet gentle cows.

threecollie said...

Jan, just like folks, some of them are the sweetest, kindest creatures in the world. And some of them aren't. This cow has always been a problem this way, but has never bothered me or Becky. I am not too happy with her just now because I was doing everything right, or so I thought, speaking to her, giving her plenty of space, letting her see me properly, moving smoothly and quietly. Sometimes they just feel mean I guess.

Linda said...

I'm glad it wasn't worse.

Cathy said...

Speechless.
And so relieved . .
Dear God, Marianne . .
Haven't read the other comments, but I'm sure they're all filled with concern and a hug.

threecollie said...

LInda, ditto, guess I was getting spoiled. I haven't been kicked in a very long time.

Cathy, thanks! I am okay, much more okay than I expected to be this morning shortly after the impact. I was kind of shaky and shocky and all. But I really am grateful to my dairy diet...no broken bones and just a little stiffness, which will pass soon enough.

dennisranch said...

Had something similar happen, slightly above the neither regions. I think I can still feel it. Cows, they have deadly weapons, don't they?

Nursejoan said...

Marianne- Agree with the sesame seed bun logic. Kickers never get kinder . . . just saying from past experiences.

threecollie said...

Robert, They sure do and sadly, I get spoiled. For some reason my line of cows are the quietest, gentlest, easiest ones to milk. Thus when I actually get kicked it always comes as a hurtful surprise.

Nursejoan, I swear, they seem to understand when I mention the buns and ketchup.

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so glad it wasn't worse! Those of us who work with animals know...sometimes they have bad days just like people. Sometimes they are just downright mean.

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