Monica Bielanko
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We call the boy cow we thought was a girl cow Skullface. It's been nearly a month and a half since I've eaten red meat or any kind of pig product. I cut out chicken around two weeks ago. I don't miss any of it. Yet. I wasn't a big red meat eater but I did eat a lot of chicken. More on all that later. In the meantime, look how far we've come with our guy, Skullface:

5 weeks ago:


Reader Comments (11)

Apparently he didn't like being called "Mama"!! Glad he's coming around for you! Such a sweet guy!!

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

So sweet!! Cows are just so cute!

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercharity

Aww, Monica. I love it. I grew up with cows. Even had a pet bull named Henry (no joke) as a kid. We raised him from a babe. We'd stand on the fence and yell "Heeennry!" way to the back of the pasture and he'd come running. He loved to be scratched between his horns and he'd even let us ride him (and not with the intention of bucking us off). Once, we left the gate open while we rolled a bale of hay into the pasture. Ol' Henry figured he'd give us a hand and walked right between my dad and brother and started rolling the hay with his head. He was a big hit at birthday parties. He'd stand so patiently at the gate and let us climb on top of him. I won't tell you what happened to Henry because I'm still recovering from that trauma. However, suffice it to say, that I hold a special affinity for cows. I think they are magnificent and lovely creatures with a gentleness unsurpassed.

Anyway, all this to say, I heart cows and I'm glad you do too.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

That was the most beautiful thing I saw today. YOU are the cow whisperer! I am going to try that with the cows around here. Well. when I can get out again I look forward to tripping it out to the pasture.where there are more than a couple curious watchers ( and I don't mean of the human type). Thanks for that treat. I do love the scenic videos. More now than ever. That was so good.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergina

I'm totally emotional, pmsing or something because it made me cry. I love all animals and Skullface is one handsome dude. What's with that hair. And he totally digs you.
By the way, I am really really loving your latest posts. They remind me of why I totally dug your blog at first. And while I understand and click on all your babble stuffs, this here is the good stuff.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiss A

That cracked me up, you're so funny! Love it!

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawna

I hate to be the realist, but the only reason farmers/ranchers keep steers around is for meat. I too love cows. Have a couple hundred of them and have made pets of them over the years. I also love them BBQ'ed, roasted, braised, fried....Sorry, couldn't help myself.
Your Skullface looks like a dairy/beef cross and I would imagine he is a byproduct of a dairy farm there in PA. Violet has a few years before she is old enough, but 4-H is a good way to learn, love and respect the agriculture you live around and maybe participate in some of the farm and ranch experiences. 4-H isn't just cows and casseroles either :) Photography, writing, engineering, self-awareness and leadership and even cats are part of 4-H. Don't mean to be an ad for it either.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterryalee

I second the endorsement for 4-H when the wee ones are older, and would also mention that Skullface looks to be almost market age, meaning his days are numbered. I'd suggest going and meeting a heifer (that's a young lady cow) at the farm itself so you all can keep visiting "your" cow for years to come. My daughter was gaga for cows when she was 1.5 until about 3 (and we raised dairy goats and sheep, and they were all meh to her). 4-H has this neat deal where someone who doesn't live where the animal lives gets to borrow it and learn all about it, train it, and show it. It's a great opportunity to make friends with bigger animals and learn more about where our food comes from. We had a pet beef cow growing up named Alpaca who was also very sweet so it's probably worth going to meet the farmer and all.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

off topic...the word cassarole...for some reason it just makes me sick. Maybe it's the idea of tuna and noodles but it makes me want to puke just saying the word.

I do appreciate the cow mooing sound you made in this video. It was less of a MMMMOOOOOO and more of a MMMMM which sounds more realistic.

I'm just tired. That's all. just caught site of that red eye to the right. Is that feeling any better...I hope so. Also, I like that kid jogger stroller. Always wanted one of them. NOW I am actually having mingled feelings about getting a hover round so I can wheel myself to the road. That's pretty wierd and creepy. I normally feel sorry for people who can't walk and sometimes secretly think they are lazy. Especially in Walmart when these people are really obese...whatever the case. I will try not to judge people in Hover rounds anymore. I am thinking about getting one with a basket, I am feeling nauseated. Maybe a golf cart. Oh man, Florida is sucking me right into it's senior citizen vortex and I'm only 50 feeling like 100. I better get these old bones to...sorry off topic. yeah, that cow video is really good. Henry has a sweet voice too. He's so cute. ok g'nite.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergina

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about cutting out animal meat! I have gone to a mostly plant-based diet since February, and it is amazing how your taste buds change, and you don't even miss it. I've been writing about how I went from starting it mostly for health, then seeing animals differently, and now, seeing how we need to lessen the impact on the environment.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterash in pdx

I am so scared of cows :(

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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