Treating animals with respect, friendship and dignity.
There are moments in life when you face situations unique and dangerous, where you have to go with the flow using your wits. Yesterday, I am on a public footpath in a field of cows. These cows located across my path and field in a way I could not safely pass, every cow slowly turned towards me as I was half way across the field.
The cows advanced towards me, I was going through my head my options and the chances this could end badly for me, however small the chances I could be trampled to death it was my desire to make sure I would be safe, so I retreated. Trying with dignity to hold my nerve I was backing away from the cows towards the gate, walking fast, at times facing the cows walking backwards. The cows were speeding up and covering the ground fast. I made it to the gate seconds to spare.
My imagination runs wild on the possibilities of what could have happened had these cows caught me before I was out of the gate, but in such situations it is better to move to safe known ground than face that small chance of being injured or killed. I take risks in order to explore my world, but when faced with possibilities of serious injury and death I minimise such risks.
There are claims cows will stop a short distance from you, but these cows were right up to the gate, sticking their heads through the gate. Even if the cows were only curious there was a possibility I could be accidentally trampled, at the gate there was some wild jostling going on, some of these cows expressed a new pattern of mounting each other, one cow mounting my shoulders would break my back.
Feeling safe I talked to the cows, one cow was busy licking my hand, and I got a stray tongue in my face. I fed the cows juicy grass from my side of the gate. These cows were extremely curious bold creatures.
Some say experience life, being chased and licked by cows probably is an experience few encounter. I like adventure, and I like to connect with nature. With animals such as cows I let them make the moves and react accordingly. One of the errors ignorant people make is they seek to control the animal, forcing their will upon the animal rather than let it choose how it relates with the human. Dog, cat, swan and cow, I have seen the same response if they are uncomfortable with you, they shy away. Allowing the animal to make sense of what you are and your meaning to them is a slow process which demands you are attentive in the present moment. Animals are concrete experiential thinkers, so offering them lots of sensory information that speaks of you as friend rather than predator helps prevent flee-fight responses in the animal, they will also remember you.