Starting her life at a dairy farm in Canada, Sweety was kept inside a gloomy industrial building where she was denied access to the outside world. Once she was old enough she was entered into production and, like most dairy cows, she was forced to endure a relentless cycle of insemination, pregnancy and birth.
Despite giving birth to many calves, every one was torn away from her moments after being born. Her sons were sold for veal and her daughters were destined to the same fate as her.
Cows are usually considered ‘spent’ after just four years after which they are sent to slaughter, but Sweety was used for 8 long years before a foot infection left her lame and she was considered of little, if any, value to the farm that owned her. Sweety’s last two pregnancies had also seen the birth of twins which is unfavorable to the dairy industry as twins are usually smaller and weaker, and female calves when born twin to a bull are usually sterile.
Sweety was bound for the slaughterhouse, which is an incredibly terrifying experience for any animal, but even more so for one who is blind as their heightened senses make the piercing cries of their herd mates, the abrupt clanking of machinery and the stench of blood too overwhelming to bear.
Thankfully Rose from Refuge RR heard of Sweety’s plight and made a bid to save her life. Although Rose couldn’t offer Sweety a forever home, her big heart had managed to secure her rescue and not long after Sweety was on her way to Farm Sanctuary, where she was destined to form a beautiful friendship with a cow not so different from herself — Tricia.
Tricia, just like Sweety, is a blind dairy cow that was already living her dreams at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter. Tricia’s owner found her too difficult to handle, so she too was headed to the slaughterhouse when she had a lucky escape.
After losing her best friend Linda, a cow who suffered from a debilitating hip injury, to cancer only a year ago, the chance to help Tricia find new companionship was not one that Farm Sanctuary wanted to miss. Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s shelter director said, “Companionship is profoundly important to cattle, so it was exciting to think that by giving Sweety a new life, we might also give Tricia another chance to enjoy her own.”
After travelling 350 miles across the border of Canada to America, Sweety finally arrived at Farm Sanctuary and it didn’t take long before she was relishing in a feast of fresh hay and deep cozy bedding, a luxury she had never experienced, having lived on a concrete floor her entire life.
Eager to unite the two blind cows, staff watched as Sweety and Tricia came face to face. They instantly connected and began to gently nuzzle each other before sharing a meal and later snuggling down together to enjoy an evening of relaxing comfort. With her new friend Tricia to help her see through the darkness, Sweety has already began venturing outside to explore all the wonders that the great outdoors has to offer.
Watch Sweety and Tricia meet for the first time in this beautiful video below:
Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary