Life with Bonnie is settling down. I’ve made two modifications. One I am trying to spend more time with her. I normally am out and about in the barn, field, and backyard for several hours a day. That has not been the case for a few weeks. Cows are herd animals and I am a part of that herd, but haven’t been acting my part properly. This matters. As my ankle is healing I am increasing the weight bearing and much better able to move – went all the way down to the barn and back this morning – sans crutches. The second modification is that I am finger milking – just using less of my hand, grabbing fewer hairs, hurts my fingers, doesn’t hurt her as much.
I’ve also attempted to use a sound-free shaving device, taking this very slow and easy.
Poor Bonnie, she lost her calf one week before ‘losing me’, plus growing that hair…. Been a difficult month for all of us here at Penny Tree Farm.
Here is a great picture Sarah took of Bonnie and Dizzy the other day. Notice Dizzy’s grouchy look – she does not like Bonnie sneaking up behind her – I’d be willing to be this picture was snapped two seconds before those back feet kicked up into Bonnie’s face.