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My Cowalow….

November 4, 2010

There’s a field, right at the turn-off to Home Depot – our home away from home since we bought this place at the lake. Inside the fencing of that field there are three magnificent longhorns, a llama, a donkey and this guy:

I really couldn’t believe it, the first time I saw him. Was he a Buffalow, or a Cowal0? And why on earth did he even exist? What were they thinking, whoever came up with this idea?

I’m convinced he’s embarrassed because he stands off by himself, far away from the longhorns. I began to wonder if he’d been raised for more tender buffalo, or more lean beef. Surely there was purpose in creating this crazy-looking guy.

Then he went missing. For months. Every time we’d drive by, I’d look for him to no avail. I began to fret that, sure enough, he’d been raised for meat, and he’d been butchered. I realized I’d grown fond of him and missed seeing him.

All of a sudden, on a trip into town, there he was! He still stands off by himself, but he’s growing on me. I wonder if someone just had a sense of humor, or if he’s some kind of crazy pet. Either way, I’m thinking on a name for him – any suggestions? And if I think about it long and hard enough, there’s bound to be a life lesson on people and appearances, etc.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Tris permalink
    November 4, 2010 12:08 pm


  2. November 4, 2010 2:12 pm

    How ’bout “Fondue” … as in he looks like he has been dipped in chocolate and he is not happy about it đŸ™‚

  3. November 4, 2010 3:05 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like it…..poor guy! He looks like Homer to me.

  4. Leiane permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:28 pm


  5. November 4, 2010 10:01 pm

    He does look very embarrassed.
    Bless his heart.

  6. November 5, 2010 6:33 am

    Up here in Central Ohio we call them “Dinner”.

    • November 6, 2010 9:39 pm

      Theresa, you definitely win for loudest laugh out loud!

  7. Vickie Garlitz permalink
    November 6, 2010 4:20 pm

    Many cattle ranchers raise them and they are called Beefalo. It is a very lean beef/buffalo meat. The cross breed takes the very best of the cattle and the buffalo. However, they are very weird looking.

    “The cross between the Bison and beef breeds combined the superior hardiness, foraging ability, calving ease, and meat quality of the Bison with the fertility, milking ability, and ease of handling from the bovine. The cross has also given increased meaning to the term of hybrid vigor. Beefalo animals can be more efficient, which can cut input costs and improve profits.”

    • November 6, 2010 9:38 pm

      thanks, Vicki, for the clarification. Would never have guessed!

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