16 years ago, with a 2 yr old and a 5 yr old in tow, my husband and I headed to a dairy farm in our town to visit the farmer and let the kids see the cows. During this visit, we were informed there was a cow in labor. We stayed and watched in awe as this new little black and white baby took its first breath in front of us. After all the aww's and warm fuzzies, I heard someone say 'it's a male'....and they had enough bulls at the farm so he couldn't stay. The outlook for him was bleak.. "What?!" I gasped..How could they? "We'll take him!" I blurted out before I could stop myself. My husband's jaw gaped as he said "We'll what?" We had land..we technically had the room, but we weren't set up for anything more than a dog. We had little kids, and jobs and plenty of other things going on, how could we manage this? Well, manage we did. We moved a shed from next door, built a stall, fenced an area in, and brought him home. He needed to be bottle fed for 4 months, and he broke 2 of my fingers, but I fell in love. Our 5 yr old named him Moo Montana. Not exactly a city girl, I wasn't a farm person either. Sure I loved having a picnic, listening to birds. I had cats and dogs growing up I went daily to our neighbors chicken farm to help gather eggs, but I had no experience with a large livestock animal, and neither did my husband. We asked a lot of questions, probably made our share of mistakes (like letting a grocer feed him way too much bread until he got bread toxicity) but overall, he has stayed very healthy. I am not a vegetarian, or an animal rights activist. I have pets and I love them like children, but I never would have dreamed I could have such affection for a bull. A real live, 6' tall, huge horned bull who could gravely injure me if he chose to. He is a giant snuggle bug teddy bear, who just wants your attention and love. He has the best personality, playful and intelligent. He comes when called by name, and he recognizes my truck when I am coming down the street. I cannot imagine my life without Moo, and I can't believe a cow owns a piece of my heart.
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