Yesterday i took my dog for a walk in the cotswald hills where my mother lives.
As i walked into the main field behind her house we walked towards 20- 30 cows and half a dozen calves.
my dog normally runs around like a complete nutter and so i let him loose thinking he will normally go nowhere near cows, horses etc.
the calves take an interest in the dog and some walk towards him, he runs away etc etc rinse and repeat.
these cows are now heading in the same direction that we are basically funnel-necking into the exit into another field.
now then...there is approx' 400 yards to any hedgerow / boundry..
its only then i see out of the corner of my eye a huge grey heffer walking ...then trotting towards me , so i turn to face this cow in an attempt to "shoo" her away.... uh.... no chance.
the bloody thing is now cantering towards ME!! not the dog (who is right at the top of the field near some other cows).
so i am f**king sh*ting my pants now because i am doing a full on sprint towards a 6 foot high hedgerow made from brambles / thorned bush with barbed wire.
i have to say (although it maybe my imagination ) i swear i could feel the steam from the nose of this cow on the back of my neck. As i am running im trying to call my dog, say a prayer and concentrate not breaking my ankle in escaping the cow.
after about 100 yards the cow broke off her pursuit and i finally stopped haveing a heart attack, called the dog back, counted my blessings, and found a longer more evasive route back....
it wasnt untill i got back to my mothers house she informed me that a woman and 2 dogs were recently atttcked and killed by cows.
i never knew cows could be so protective of their young and will now give them a wider berth in calf season.