Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cow News

My heart skipped a beat, maybe two, when I saw a picture of a girl saddled into a cow jumping hurdles. If you haven't heard of Regina Mayer and her cow Luna, then you need to look them up. Mayer is a German teenager who desperately wanted a jumping horse. When her parents refused to get her one, she went to the next best thing (or in my opinion the best possible thing): her cow. She started working with her at a very young age and now has her "trained." I put that in quotes because you needn't have even spent much time around cows to know that cows are about as trainable as cats--though infinitely cuter of course. This amusing quote from Mayer gives a fuller picture of the setup:
Now, Luna understands commands such as ‘go’, ‘stand’ and ‘gallop’ — when she feels like it. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it. When she wants to do something she does it, when she doesn’t, she doesn’t. And she is often very headstrong but can also be really adorable.
So, without further ado, here is Regina Mayer and Luna, her jumping cow:

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