How to Hug A Cow

How do you hug an animal that weighs between 650 – 700 kilos? Here are a couple of important rules:

  • Cows are more afraid of you than you are of them.
  • Approach a cow from the front. This is like human interaction; when you meet someone for the first time, you look at their face, not their behind, let alone slap their behind.
  • Be calm and relaxed; animals can sense fear and the hugging won’t work.
  • Look at the cow’s ears: if they are pointed backwards, they are relaxed.
  • If you approach them and they go away, leave them alone. They are not in the mood to be hugged.

How to proceed? Meet dairy farmer Lars:

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When you approach a cow, you actually invade her space. So move slowly and calmly. Then sit next to her:

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Slowly start caressing her:

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Keep on approaching the cow, while slowly caressing her. They like to be touched behind their ears and on their necks.

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When the cow and you are both relaxed, you are ready for the next step: lie on the belly of the cow. It feels very warm and soft. Close your eyes and feel her breathing! And she will hug you back!

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37 Comments

  • Amanda Wood May 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Lovely lovely lovely. Made me smile.

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    • Ingrid D. May 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      And there was another special event, but that will be for tomorrow!

      Reply
    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I was surprised at first when I read it, but look at the comments under the article. The poor men were in a field with cows and calves and bulls, that’s asking for trouble. Here they were all separated.

      Reply
  • rumpydog May 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m glad you’re hugging them. I think it’s important we be in touch with where our food comes from.

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      It’s amazing that some children think milk is made in a factory!

      Reply
  • MontgomeryFest May 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Fantastic! You’re a professional cow hugger πŸ˜‰

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Yes, I can handle any cow now! πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • Peter S May 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You must be happy you had a camera ready for this!

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      I sure was!

      Reply
  • dhonour May 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I’d say all your advice applies to humans as well!

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Yes, treat every creature with respect!

      Reply
  • niasunset May 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Lovely, so lovely, Thanks and Love, nia

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Nia!

      Reply
  • mrylyn66 May 16, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Thanks for the step-by-step analogy! I’ve always wanted to hug to cow, so now I’ll know exactly what to do.

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Just don’t do this in a field πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Virginia Duran May 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Hahahaha! Loved this post, especially “Cows are more afraid of you than you are of them.” When I lived in Ireland I reached that conclusion far too late.

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      How so?

      Reply
  • Virginia Duran May 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Because our house was surrounded by cows and everytime something crossed the fence it meant lost. One day I had to get one item back (one of the kids threw it away by accident) and when I thought I was about to be eaten by a huge cow I realized that all of them went running away from me. I felt very powerful πŸ˜€

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  • Audrey & Antoinette May 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Haha this is great! What a cool travel project idea btw πŸ™‚

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    • Ingrid D. May 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      One of the best things we have done so far this year!

      Reply
  • doublewhirler May 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful post-thanks for sharing!

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    • Ingrid D. May 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      It was a wonderful experience!

      Reply
  • themofman June 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    You know what? I would do this, except that I have allergies.

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    • Ingrid D. June 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Lactose allergy?

      Reply
  • Kendall F. Person, thepublicbloggerK June 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    that was fun. thanks.

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    • Ingrid D. June 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

      You’re welcome!

      Reply
  • Lara June 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    When I first read this post’s title I thought: What??!! Why would I want to hug a cow???!!! Turned out interesting though πŸ˜‰

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    • Ingrid D. June 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Yes, why would you? πŸ™‚ But it really is a fantastic experience!

      Reply
  • kathryningrid December 2, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Fabulous post! I would absolutely be happy to hug any cow that’ll let me. πŸ˜€ Thanks for teaching me the best way!
    xo

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    • larsj December 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      You’re so welcome! It really is a great experience!

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      • kathryningrid December 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        My only memory of visiting a working dairy farm, by the way, is from when I was about 10 or 12 years old and we went to my mother’s cousin’s farm. They had a beautiful, gentle cow that was our favorite, and she did let us kids hug her and lie against her, and it was magically comforting! Thanks for bringing back that wonderful memory, too! πŸ™‚

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  • Rupali March 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Such a lovely post.

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    • larsj March 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      And it was a lovely experience as well.

      Reply
  • about - essay editing reviews May 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I love this article! it’s so cute and warm! thanks for telling us how to hug a cow πŸ™‚

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