Heidi wandered around the pasture, stopping to chat once in a while with some of the cows. She took a moment to exchange some hellos with the new calf. The two new bulls were a bit too excited and playful for her to approach today. Sometimes, when she felt a bit more childish she would join in their fun – especially when the other calf did. Heidi is the only heifer in the pasture now. Soon she will be moving to the back pasture with the other 5 heifers. In the meantime, she is enjoying the big pasture and all of the cows to talk to.
The man on the vehicle came out today with the lady and a new person – a cute little girl. Of course, the lady is one of Heidi’s favorites. She gives good head scratches! But it has been a while since Heidi has seen her. So she is a little timid in approaching them today. Heidi walks up to them. The little girl is a bit louder than the man and the lady normally are but she isn’t scared. She knows that the man won’t let anything bad happen to her. The lady has this box and she keeps putting it up to her face. Heidi wonders what that is. But she approaches slowly. The lady holds out her hand for Heidi to sniff. “Yep, it’s the lady! The head scratching can begin!!” Heid says excitedly. The calf and the two bulls are watching curiously but don’t even think about approaching. Heidi turns slightly to them – not wanting the lose the scratching hand – and says “you should really check this out. It feels pretty good to have your head scratched. And if you move your head around she’ll scratch just where you want her to!”. Of course, the little ones weren’t so trusting.
The other cows sat or stood sedately around just watching the man, little girl, the lady, and Heidi. The bulls got up to wander off to the cows or to keep some distance. They weren’t sure that Heidi was all there. She was really friendly and sometimes didn’t seem scared of things that she should have been scared of. So they were a bit leery of her and her adventures.
Heidi wandered around to the back of the vehicle to scratch her head on the metal. She watched the lady, the man and the other cows as she did. The lady got out of the vehicle with that box. She put it to her face several times and a light flashed from it. “I wonder what that box does???” thought Heidi. One of the bulls, only a month or so old, moved on over toward his mother. He wasn’t sure what the box was either and she seemed to be looking at him a lot. None of the cows seemed to pay much attention to the people so the other bull and the new calf just wandered around a bit watching the crowd.
Heidi then noticed that the lady had come around the back of the vehicle. She didn’t have that box anymore. So Heidi decided to see if she would scratch her head again. Heidi leaned in and stuck her nose up for what they consider a kiss in the animal world – noses touching. Then she gladly closed her eyes and let the lady scratch her head. She was content. But then it came time for the lady to get back in the vehicle and them to go back to the house. Heidi guessed she would see them next time. She has lots of chatting to do now about them anyway…
Heidi thought the day was pretty cold. It was sunny and there were plenty of other young heifers and bulls to play with. She was the biggest in the pasture of the heifers and bulls. That made it even better for her b/c she could scare them and play jokes on them and just run around with them. The cows were much more sedate and didn’t like to play with her. The man from the house, the lady, the boy from the house and the other man came out to the pasture. They filled the feed bins in the fenced in area up with those treats. Now all the cows were jostling to get to the treats. Heidi wasn’t so sure about going into the fenced in area but she went. She had a whole bin of food to herself for quite a while. The other cows were on the other side of the fenced in area. She saw the lady standing outside and talking to the other people. She looked at her a few times. Then he saw the boy from the house come into the fenced area. He was moving toward her and another cow. He moved them into another part of the fenced area. Then a gate closed. The man from the house came into the new area and then the other cow went out and Heidi was left there alone. She wasn’t sure what was happening but she could still hear the lady talking outside. She saw a gate open into a trailer and she went ahead and stepped into the trailer. Once she was in the trailer pulled up and another door closed. Then the trailer started moving. A few minutes later Heidi stopped. The trailer door opened into a new pasture. She could see 5 other heifers there. They looked pretty happy. She was a bit scared though. The lady came into the pasture but Heidi was too scared to want to go up to her today. The lady, man and boy from the house hung around for a little while. The other heifers weren’t too friendly. They weren’t really mean “but not friendly like I am” thought Heidi. Heidi didn’t really like it in the new pasture at first. She tried to get out and broke a fence and fence post. This seemed to worry the lady. The boy came out and looked at the fence, shook his head, and left. The man from the first pasture came out on that riding thing and chased her back into the new pasture a couple of days in a row. Then as the days passed the other girls were more accepting of Heidi, much to her relief. They got treats everyday. Heidi thought “I could like this a bit better than the old pasture. There are treats every day and these girls could be more fun to play with”.
It was just about an hour from dark – what some might call early dusk. The lady from the house decided to come visit the heifers. Lately, the smaller man from the house had been visiting, supplying the tasty treats, and giving some scratches on the head to the heifers. Some of the heifers were still hesitant to let him scratch their heads but a couple were not afraid. After all, he gave out treats! The lady from the house came down to the pasture and opened the gate. She walked into the pasture and stood there talking out loud. At least the heifers think that she was talking. There was a sound coming from her mouth but they could not understand the words. Ophelia approached her a nd snuffled about her. Then the other heifers approached more slowly and at different lengths away from the lady. After a few minutes the lady went to get this metal thing and turned it over to sit on it. Ophelia and the heifers approached her tentatively again. The breathe from their noses were forming little warm clouds in the air. The lady thought to herself “they are like little heaters surrounding me” and she smiled. After sitting there for a few minutes Ophelia decided to taste of the lady’s shoe. Ophelia licked the shoe and said to the others “I don’t know what is on here but this is even better than the treats!”. Once Ophelia made that comment then Matilda came closer to the lady and started to lick the shoe, also. “Oh, my! This IS really good!” said Matilda. Kate, Lydia and Nelda were still unsure of the lady. Ophelia and Matilda were not going to encourage them to get any closer because they did not want to share the treat. The lady switched shoes and that scared the heifers for a minute. But Ophelia and Matilda were right back to licking the new shoe very quickly. Then the heifers heard a sound come from the house. It sounded like the big man who came to give out treats and sometimes scratch their heads. Sure enough, a few minutes later he appeared at the gate. The lady got up to meet him at the gate. They both made sounds. The tones were like the heifers remembered with their mom and dad. Kind of soft and sweet – like they really liked each other. Then the lady and the big man touched noses – the heifers call this kissing (Kate always giggles when they say this!). Then the lady went back and sat on the turned over metal thing. Ophelia resumed her licking of the lady’s shoe and even tried to take a few bites. The lady used a scolding tone with Ophelia so she knew she better stop or she wouldn’t be able to continue licking the shoe. Matilda joined right back in, also. As Ophelia continued to lick she also nudged her head at the lady. The lady reached out her hand to scratch Ophelia’s head. ”Mmmmm, that is wonderful! My ears were itching and that scratching is just perfect. I’ll move my head just a bit and then she’ll get this spot to the left….”. Matilda noticed and got a bit jealous. She nudged Ophelia and got nudged back. Matilda said to O phelia “There’s room for two of us. She has two hands last I checked!”. The lady scolded them for doing this so they settled down. Matilda then also got her head scratched. “Wow, Ophelia. You were holding back on me. You should have said that getting your head and ears scratched was this great!” At that point Nelda attempted to join in with the licking and scratching but Matilda wasn’t sharing anymore. So she nudged Nelda and told her “Back off! She’s busy!”. In the background the lady could see Kate and Lydia were on the outskirts of the group. Sometimes Kate would start to move closer and then Lydia would nudge her back with a quiet snuffle of “Be careful. Just because they like her doesn’t mean that we should”. The lady guessed that Lydia was a bit protective of Kate and still wasn’t sure of the lady yet. But really, Lydia is very cautious of everything and a bit of a scaredy cat. Well, the lady stayed for just a bit longer. It was getting colder. Then she went to the gate and then to the house. The heifers hoped she would come back the next day…