Me and Glory Bee

Apr
2

We have a relationship, Glory Bee and I.

She’s being groomed to be a milk cow. A house cow. A maker of milk and butter and cheese. We didn’t get off to a very good start when I failed to get her haltered and under control right off the bat. No problem. We have lots of time, me and Glory Bee.

I’ve been very patient with her. She’s confined to the goat yard, and she has a back and forth regular relationship with her mommy and is a very good stand-in milker whenever I can’t or don’t want to milk. I love Glory Bee! A calf is a beautiful thing in many ways. She is also an enigma, a conundrum, a miracle, and a mystery.

She has sad faces.

And crazy faces.

And I-want-to-lick-you faces.

She follows me when I walk outside the fence, and she stalks me inside the fence. She is as on top of my every movement as Clover.

I’ve been very restrained with her, not forcing myself on her, and yesterday we had a little breakthrough and she let me pet her for the longest time ever. When I pet her, she writhes and breathes heavy and tries to eat me.

See how she’s either writhing or eating me?




She loves me!!!





Comments

  1. Rose H says:

    Bless her little cotton socks! I’m SO pleased she loves you ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s your patience that’s the magic ingredient Suzanne. :cowsleep:

  2. bonita del rey says:

    awwww! And you’re sure it’s not the cookies? [jus’ sayin’]

  3. twiggityNDgoats says:

    Patience and time are wonderful things.

  4. Glenda says:

    Have you figured out yet how you are getting them bred?

    Have I missed that?

    Must be done you know.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Glenda, we have plans with Skip, who has bulls. We’ll be taking BP over there in a few months. I want to time for a spring birth so I can take the winter off milking with her dried off, so I’ve got my time in mind and we’ve talked to him about it.

  5. Dianna says:

    How cute! Were you petting her AND taking the video?

    Sounds like a certain pooch was a little jealous….

  6. texwisgirl says:

    She’s just a beauty. Growing into a lovely young lady…

  7. Lisabeth Olson says:

    Your hard work and patience and ‘probably a cookie now and then’ have surly done a beautiful job. I like to have mine off in the winter also, you will really enjoy not dredging through the mud and snow. Maybe by then you will have a barn finished. Can you show us progress pictures?

  8. MaryMooCow says:

    It’s a good thing you had a girl; a baby bull spoiled that much would be a scary creation indeed! :dancingmonster:
    I know because my siblings and I did that and we won’t be doing it again, no matter how cute the little faces are when they’re little! (I know, ya right, right?!!) ๐Ÿ˜€

    Blessings!
    Mary

    http://lundkids.blogspot.com

  9. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    I love those break through moments! I remember when we got our donkey right after Christmas. He was shy and a bit skiddish, now he practically climbs into your lap for all that ear scratching we have given him.

  10. Teri says:

    Patience and Persistence – two important qualities to have when handling animals ~ and it looks like yours are paying off! Congratulations!

  11. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Oh, my! Did you ever in your brightest dreams think you’d see the day when she’d be covering you with sloppy kisses and letting you love on her?

  12. Carmen at Old House Kitchen says:

    Such a wonderful accomplishment! Congrats!! And those eyes! Adorable!!

  13. DarleneS says:

    Glory Bee loves you – of course she does. I would like to rub her cute nose. I think cows are much friendlier than say a horse. Horses and I don’t mix. :moo:

  14. Monique says:

    When I played the video, my dogs went crazy hearing yours barking!

  15. Wendy says:

    She’s just biding her time and thinking—-Woman, wait ’til I have a baby, and see who’s boss then! bwa-ha-ha-ha

  16. Valeria says:

    I LOVE her! I want a calf now; they are SO sweet! Good job with her. She’s a lovely girl.

    Watch yourself inside the fence with her. She won’t know her own size vs. yours, but I’m sure you’ve learned a thing or two from Mr. Cotswold!

  17. Kris Kolk says:

    My dogs went crazy, too, Monique!

  18. Kris says:

    So…I think I missed an important announcement. Is that a ring on your left hand?

  19. Tina says:

    I noticed toward the end of the video that there’s a GOAT sitting in the trough! Ha ha ha ha!

  20. Shelly says:

    I wish I could pet her, she does love you! Are her ears soft?

  21. Jessica says:

    I am glad to see you two getting along better. It just takes time! I can’t believe how big she has gotten already! Oh and I love the goat in the trough. ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Barbee' says:

    Patience and Persistence: names for some twins of those natures. Hmmmm.

  23. Michelle says:

    I’m so glad that she’s coming around! She is seriously the prettiest cow that I’ve ever seen. Is there a bovine beauty pageant circuit out there in West Virginny? GB would rock it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Miss Becky says:

    whoa, the two of you have come a long way. I see the beginning of a beautiful friendship. :yes: :yes: :yes:

  25. morningstar says:

    What a babe she is just so beautiful and I think she knows that !!!

  26. Tracey In Paradise Pa. says:

    :snoopy: OH THE LOVE!! I LOVE GLORY BEE!!
    Granny Trace

    http://www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

  27. BeverlyC says:

    Love the pics & the video! She’s soooo beautiful!

  28. patrice says:

    I just stopped by to say hello. I can’t believe how quickly that heifer has grown! You must be feeding her some of those wonderful baked goods. I haven’t been around here much lately and I apologize. I miss it. I’ve been swamped with spring farm work and a gazillion other things.Take care!

  29. morningstar says:

    She is just lovely as are the pictures. I am glad she has turned out to be so loving. My cats were looking rather concerned at the dogs barking as well !!!!

  30. bonita says:

    Dear Glory Bee, It’s good that you’ve settled down and let the Woman pet you and skritch your ears. You need to know you are a very lucky cow. You get to move between pastures and you are near your mama. All in all you have a good life. You should know that there is a cow in Germany who has to jump fences to earn her keep. Yes, yes there are. It even has to wear a saddle! Take a look and be grateful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4WtxKoal-c&feature=topvideos

  31. Carrie says:

    Glory Bee’s coat looks soooo good and healthy. I could almost feel it in that video. I’m going to pet her head soon. And milk BP!! Do the cows like cookies? I don’t think I’ve seen you feed them one.

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