Animals have shown us time and time again that they possess a range of emotions that are similar to humans. In fact, there are times human beings can learn a thing or two from animals about building and maintaining loving relationships.
One family was given a chance to see the development of one of these relationships first hand recently. The family dog formed a close bond with a cow the family owned. The cow, who played the role of surrogate mother to the dog, was eventually sold off by the family. Rookie was a small puppy with loads of energy. He ran and played for most of the day. He enjoyed the time he spent with humans. However, his favorite companion was the brown cow.
Rookie enjoyed the nuzzling he would receive daily from the cow and has been seen sitting or sleeping on the cow’s back. The cow and the dog spent time together daily. However, the time would come when the family could no longer afford to keep the cow and decided to search for a buyer for the animal.
Rookie suffered a great deal of grief once he understood his best friend was no longer around for him. The dog howled and barked repeatedly while returning again and again to the enclosure that was once home to the cow. The despair was clear in Rookie’s eyes and it was sad to observe the state of the dog.
One day Rookie heard the cow moo from somewhere down the street. The dog took off running despite the protests that came from his owner. Rookie ignored the calls from his owner to stop. His only concern was the sound of the cow’s voice. Rookie followed the sound of the mooing until he found the cow tied in a stall. He jumped and licked the cow’s face. The dog was truly happy until retrieved by his owner and taken home.
Once returned home, Rookie’s depression resumed immediately. Rookie stopped eating and caused a worry from his owner. Rookie wandered around the enclosure that used to house his friend day after day until he was surprised one day by a familiar mooing sound. His surrogate mother and best friend returned home. Their owner could no longer stand watching the dog suffer from depression and sacrificed to retrieve the cow. The story of Rookie and the cow is a remarkable example of the emotions animals are able to feel.