My Meeting With a VIC (Very Important Cow)

Maybe you have asked yourself how we come up with our ideas for our trips and excursions. Sometimes we stumble upon something interesting on the Internet or while being on the road, other times we get our ideas from a travel program on television. If you are Belgian, you probably know “Vlaanderen Vakantieland” and it’s thanks to them that we discovered this cow hugging event.

Of course, when you know that you and your cows will be featured on television, you make sure that you choose a cow that likes to be hugged. Kathleen – one of the farmers – used cow number 36. And she participated very well. Mission accomplished!

So when Kathleen introduced us to the cows, she described this particular cow as being “naughty”. She – the cow – likes to be hugged, but she is also very curious and likes to explore the pockets of your trousers. She advised us not to put anything in our pockets; we all laughed a bit, but I had made up my mind. I was going to stay away from cow number 36.

So after I had hugged a couple of cows and had photographed Lars, I suddenly found myself face-to-face with cow number 36. We looked in each other’s eyes and I decided to wait and see what she was going to do. And yes, she went straight for my pockets!

She didn’t find anything, and decided to play a bit with me. Playing with such a big and heavy animal is not simple; I really had some troubles keeping my balance. And then she did something really special… She put her head on my shoulder and hugged me!

We even got more intimate… As you can see in the next pictures, there was some licking and kissing involved as well. She really liked to lick my face and hair. As you can imagine, I took a very long shower that evening… Anyway, what a sweet animal! She really deserved a hug back from me.

Now if you look closely at the pictures, you can clearly see that she is often looking straight at the camera. Yep, cow number 36 likes to be photographed! A star is born! Yes, she is a bit of diva, but I will never forget how sweet and loving and playful she was. For Lars and me, this was certainly one of the best events of the year!

Anyway, do you want to do some cow hugging as well? It’s different, fun, relaxing and educational at the same time. This is the place to be: KP Koeknuffelen
Aarle 92
2382 Poppel

You have to book via email: Don’t worry: Kathleen speaks English very well! You pay € 30 and you get something to eat and drink as well!

Thank you Kathleen and cow number 36 for this very special event!


  • bulldog May 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Now this is very special and a wonderful share… what a great cow…

    • Ingrid D. May 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, she really is!

  • IsobelandCat May 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    How lovely. She is certainly affectionate. Are all the other cows as happy?

    • Ingrid D. May 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      They are all very well treated and most of them liked to be hugged.

      • IsobelandCat May 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        What is their ending?

        • Ingrid D. May 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

          They only become 4 – 5 years old. Once their time has come, they are slaughtered and their meat is used for dog food. The farm had a cow that was about 14 years old, but she had cancer and had to be sold.

          • IsobelandCat May 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

            Oh dear. I suppose I should be pleased they are well cared for in their lives. Do they get to graze outside?

          • Ingrid D. May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

            Yes, they do.

          • IsobelandCat May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

            Ok. I shall have to settle for that. I am a supporter of Compassion in World Farming as i feel we are too often disrespectful to the animals who provide our meat and dairy needs. Still, the whole industrial aspect, especially the slaughter in abattoirs, fills me with abhorrence.

  • Cee Neuner May 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I adore this latest series at the dairy farm. They are all adore!

    • Ingrid D. May 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Cee!

  • Imelda May 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    lovely cow…and smart too.

    • Ingrid D. May 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      A lot smarter than you would think 🙂

  • aliciasunday May 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Seeing cows in a different light from now on!

    • Ingrid D. May 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Me too! By the way, I like your blog!

  • Katariina Partala May 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Awww, that cow is so cute!! 🙂

    • Ingrid D. May 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm


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    Such a lovely animal! i’ve never thought of this before I’ve read your post.


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