It’s August now, and I’m aware of the passage of time. BP’s time is coming. She is enjoying her summer of green grass on the big upper pastures, but she will not be suffered another winter. Before the time comes, she will be moved in to the back barn yard for a few weeks. She has lived her life, before me, as a professional dairy cow. She will end her days with the one baby with whom she ever got to bond and keep, Glory Bee.

I’m a sentimental fool for a farmer, but this is how the cow who taught me everything I know about milking is going to leave this world.


  1. MousE says:

    Oh Suzanne…. she is a good cow, and you are good farmer and caretaker of your animals. You are doing what is best for BP;
    sad and difficult a decision it is, and my heart goes out to you all.

  2. Mandys says:

    You’ve really shown her what love is, She couldn’t have asked for a better home to live out her last days in. You will let us know, when ‘it’ happens wont you? So we can all say goodbye? *hugs* She is a gorgeous cow and very very lucky to have you. She looks so happy and thankful, and I know she would appreciate you doing that one last kindness of saving her from another tough, painful winter.

  3. Diane says:

    I remember when you got BP, she is a beautiful cow. Its amazing how much just one animal can teach you and make you feel. She was blessed to have such a good home with you. Yes let us know when she is gone I would like to say good bye as well.

  4. justdeborah2002 says:

    Final days, in sweet fresh air, grazing on the finest food, surrounded by love and family…a good ending from a kind and gentle friend.

  5. cinderbama says:

    If only we all could have such caring consideration. She has been one lucky bovine. Hugs to you Suzanne.

  6. Sheila Z says:

    Reminds me of the song lyrics…..

    secret to a good life is knowing when you’re through

  7. City Kid says:

    You’re not alone in sentimental farmer department, Suzanne. The farmer up the road from our cabin kept a team of horses because…he liked ’em. He had a rabbit in the barn because…he liked it. When I went to veterinary technician school, one of our labs was at a small family dairy farm. The elderly woman who owned the farm had named all the cows–their names were on plaques above their stalls. The farmer pointed out a cow that she told us was 28 years old and retired. “She was such a good cow for so many years, I just can’t put her down.” I can’t imagine NOT getting attached to any animals you live with. BP has been a good cow. She’s earned a pleasant retirement and a peaceful departure from this vale of tears.

  8. boulderneigh says:

    And bless you for it.

  9. bonita says:

    more points in your good karma column. . .

  10. AnnieB says:

    God bless you for your kind and loving heart. BP and all your animals are so lucky to have you to care for them and love them.

  11. AspenFlower says:

    What’s happened to BP? Why has her time come and where is she leaving this world? Is she sick?

  12. jodiezoeller says:

    This made me cry. We’ll all miss BP, but she won’t survive another hard winter in WV. You’re going to do the right thing. HUGS!

  13. doubletroublegen says:

    I just cannot imagine your grief, facing those decisions I know in my future as well. The joy and love animals give to us is indescribable and as caretakers we also know the heartache of their passing. :heart:

  14. saitisntso says:

    :moo: Hoo!

  15. TracyT says:

    Sounds just right.

  16. LadyMau says:

    I have windchimes on my front porch with an inscription that says
    “May gentle winds lift and guide new wings as this pure sound ushers them home to Rainbow Bridge”.
    I will glady ring the chimes when it is BP’s time. A well deserved rest awaits her in always green pastures. :moo:

  17. Anita says:

    :hug: I have been wondering about BP for some time now, but didn’t have the heart to ask you and maybe hear something I “didn’t want to know”. What a precious gift you have given one another. :airkiss:

  18. Rose H says:

    This genuinely shows what love you have for your animals Suzanne. BP came to the right home and has had a wonderful time with you. You’ll be doing the right thing…
    Rose H

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