Pauline Wayne or “Miss Wayne,” as she was called, was a Holstein cow who was also First Cow. And by First Cow I mean, she was the Taft family pet. And by Taft family, I mean President William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States of America. Miss Wayne provided milk for the First Family and grazed around on the White House Lawn and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (known then as the Navy Building). She had pretty high security clearance and didn’t take any bull.
Miss Wayne outside the The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
When you were a younger version of yourself, Sam, you would say, “Aunt Lala is a veterinarian.” What you meant to say is, “Aunt Lala is a vegetarian.” I haven’t always been a vegetarian, but my love and compassion for animals has brought me to a place where I choose not to eat meat. As a Buddhist, I believe that each life is as important as mine and I have vowed to “do no harm” to living creatures.
I know very well how delicious cows are. But why should my desire to eat mouthwatering steak be justification for ending a life? Some people might tell you that cows are dumb animals and bred to be eaten, or that animals in general have no feelings or emotions. To that I say, “Cows have best friends.”
A study at the University of Northampton (Northamptonshire, England) has shown that cows are social creatures and develop best friends within a herd. Also, they become stressed out when separated from their buddies. Anyone who has ever worked around cows will tell you that they each have a very distinctive personality. The English novelist DH Lawrence wrote about his cow Susan, whom he milked everyday for a year, that there is always “a certain untouched chaos in her.”
All of this is not to try and convince you to stop eating meat, but to inform you. You should be aware of what you are putting into your body as fuel, where it comes from, and your impact on the world. Make educated decisions and really look at the world around you: at cows, for instance, who have nearly 360-degree panoramic vision, but are also red-green colorblind. . .
Imagine using your front teeth to pull yourself out of the pool after a long swim. That is what the walrus does.
Imagine using your upper lip to search around on the floor to find your favorite food, lets say pepperoni, because the lights are off. That is what the walrus does.
Imagine holding your breath for 10 minutes and diving to 300 feet. That is what the walrus does.
Imagine being able to sleep while swimming. That is what the walrus does.
Imagine being in freezing water, 8 inches of ice separating you from the air you need to survive. What do you do? Just slam your head into the ice and use your teeth to make an air hole. That is what the walrus does.
The walrus lives in isolated places (cold Arctic regions), so most of what is known about them has been observed from walruses in captivity. This means there is still much to learn about these graceful swimmers who spend two thirds of their lives in the ocean.
What is evident is they are mysterious and pretty bad ass. How many species of animal have a Beatles song about them?