Heifers grow up to become hard working girls. They spend much of their lives pregnant, and the rest of the time producing milk. That means, depending on the gal, she carries from 4 to 10 gallons of milk--that's 35-85 pounds--around in her udder all day long. All moms can probably imagine, full-time pregnancy and nursing can be a waring life. Without a little healing now and then, heifers can get gimpy and back-sore.
Last week we noticed Judy walking a little funny. Click the arrow on the video to the right, and you can see her left hipbone higher, and her right dropped down. And, poor girl, it's apparent she's a little lame. When animals have problems, they can't tell us directly what hurts, or why and how it happened. So, at times like these, some special help is needed.
My trusted friend Margaret, does massage and bodywork on human and animals alike. Her magic hands find and heal many of the deepest pains hidden beneath the skin. She was happy to come give our deserving Judy a look and try to give her some relief.
If you've had bodywork, you know that it can often hurt before it heals. You never know how an animal will respond to this kind of intimate touch. Sometimes, animals know when you are helping them, even if it's painful. Other times, they just want to avoid discomfort. A 1000 pounds unwilling cow doesn't make a great patient, so we just had to see how things would go.
Margaret is savvy about her bovine buddies. She approached my little herd with sweet treats in hand. So, they all made friends before getting to work. The first few minutes were touch and go, Judy wasn't so sure this was all such a good idea. But, by the end, she was ready to sign-up for her next bovine bodywork appointment! I guess even a cow is sensible enough to take healing help when offered!
(And, by the way, the mask is just a mesh to keep the flies out of their eyes...they can see just fine.)