This Cow is an udderly whimsical bookend. She is giving you the side-eye look and appears ready to whip you with her fulsome tail or to sneak a quick kick with her oversized hoof if you try to approach those prominent milk teats.
Cows and cows with bells have been memorialized in the news, fiction, comic, films, and advertising. The American Dairy Association provides a list of famous cows. Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow, whose legend supposes she kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Pauline Wayne, the last cow to live at the White House and who is said to have provide President Taft and family with 9 gallons of milk a day and 25 lbs of butter a week. Minnie Moo at Disneyland. None of the 14 Cows listed completely fit a description of our bookend. She most closely resembles Clarabelle, the Disney cow that was Minnie Mouse’s mostly silent sidekick. Clarabelle was created in 1928, she wore a bell, she had an exaggerated nose, big ears, sometimes wore a hat or bow, and had a twitchy tail. However, she was skinny.
Check out this Paul Terry’s Barker Bill, animated cartoon of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow by clicking here.