BELOIT, Wis. – The dairy state may soon be home to America’s favorite pet. The national PAWS competition has opened up to more than just dogs and cats this year, and the animal currently in second place is in Beloit – with a touching “mean” story.
It’s a call often heard around Wrightway Farms. “Nesie! What are you doing pretty girl?
Because Nessie the cow Needs to listen.
“We were told she was born blind,” Caylei Marie Wright said.
So it only made sense that she made the top three in PAWS’ America’s Favorite Pets online poll on Wednesday. In its history, “steaks” were high.
“There (were) abandoned animals that needed urgent help, they needed help right away,” Wright said. “Nessie and her ‘seeing goat’, Faith, were also starving.”
It should be noted that Faith the Goat herself is deaf.
“Faith was with her every step of the way, she was basically attached to her hip until Nessie was comfortable being alone,” Wright said, “and now they can do their own thing. ”
Since last February, she’s quickly warmed up to Wright and her dad — sometimes too much: ‘So much that she didn’t realize because she’s blind, she’s not a 1,200-pound cow either’ , Wright said. “So she would run up to him and get really excited when she heard his voice, and he had to teach her ‘Woah!'”
For Nessie, anytime is a good time to eat. But she has to rely on sounds to know where the food and stuff is.
“If she’s got her head a little low, I hit the cube at the end that I want her to go up, higher so we can work with the senses she has,” Wright said.
It’s not just for convenience, they don’t want to be on the back of a scared cow.
“If my dad goes out there to do something, he has to warn, ‘Nessie, get behind you.’ If he sprays her, he has to make sure to put his hand on her back, let her know, ‘Hey, I’m here, hey, I’m doing something,’ so she doesn’t freak out,” Wright said. . .
Despite the caution, Nessie’s family is thrilled to have her with them.
“She’s one of my best friends,” Wright said, “I’ll come here when I’m sad and she makes me laugh.”
And it seems her story has touched others as well, as she grabbed the PAWS competition by the horns from the start.
“She hasn’t been under third place all this time,” Wright said. “She was number one for quite a while.”
The prize is a two-page spread in In touch magazine, as well as $10,000. The Wrights hope to expand his enclosure and make other improvements with the money.
“I also want to have it, it’s a cow brush, it’s a round brush that you put on the side of the barn and it can rub on it, massage itself,” Wright said, “and don’t anything to improve his life, maybe do a little work on his shelter there, maybe expand that a bit.
They also hope her story and their work with farm animals can send a message.
“We just want people to understand that rescue is a beautiful thing,” Wright said.
“A lot of people don’t rescue farm animals because most of them are used for meat or something or milk, but they can also be a companion,” she added.
Because if a blind cow can be in a good “mood”, maybe we can all sabotage it.
“The little things that happen that upset me, I say, ‘You know, it’s really not that bad, it could be worse. She has a good mind about it, so why not me? Wright said.
To vote for Nessie, click here.
First round of competition runs until September 29. If Nessie wins first in her group, she will face all the other top pets in the final until October 1st.
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