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A Love Story between a Spanish Bull and an American Cow

I don’t really remember how it all started exactly. But one day a lovely American cow called Ramona appeared on my screen and one of my bulls, Paco, the most bullish of all my bulls, got the hots for her.

It progressed like every other love story on the net: Paco and Ramona kept regularly in contact, most of the time via Ramona’s father Bill (a Cafe Cremer too by the way…), who wanted to keep an eye on it, not so sure that a Spanish macho was the right thing for his delicate Baby Girl. To prove to Bill the depth of his feelings for Ramona, Paco then got a tattoo done with a heart and an “R’ and a arrow on his shoulder. Bill was very impressed indeed, and Ramona too.

But even that was not enough, as always in real love stories. Soon, Paco wanted to have the real Ramona close to him. Aware of the distance and above all of the big pond between him and his Honey,  he tried to learn swimming. But he had to give up as he got panicky in water.

He then tried to get wings added, having read somewhere about winged bulls, and got some indeed,  but this didn’t work either: he panicked in the air as well!

Paco finally  fell into a deep depression. It was heartbreaking to see.  This is when Bill, seeing that Ramona also was falling into depression and losing her beautiful hair, took an heroic decision:

to send his daughter to Paco to Spain!

Now, Bill is a man of words and action, and on the 25th of November 2008 he wrote to me

… Ramona is beside herself with anticipation.  She has been bugging me to touch up the gray spots on her hide with black shoe polish.  So better not lean against her.
They belong together…”

There were many complications, but finally, and on the 16th of January 2009,  I receiving following mail:

“… Ramona started her trip yesterday.  Tell Paco to say goodbye to his other romances.  She and I have been practicing saying MOO in Spanish.  I hope this gives a favorable impression to Paco…”

We were all over the moon here, (like the cow that jumped over it)  above all Paco, as I’m sure you can  imagine! There were some more painful complications on the way from the USA to here, so bad, that in the last moment we thought Ramona would have to be imported back to her native country. But Bill showed an incredible commitment to this young love and now, here they are, together, under the Andalusian sun, so happy! I am lurking sometimes around them, to keep an eye on what is going on, and I think I heard that they wanted a baby… this means: WE might get pregnant one day!

Here is a photo taken on the first day we let Paco out to see Ramona. He was so stormy that I had to ride him and hold him by one horn, to try to keep him a little bit calmer. One notices the typical female look of indifference on Ramona’s face


By Miki


February 11, 2009 - Posted by | animals, Art, Cafe L'Arte, Cafe Literati, family, friends, fun, humor, Miki's Short Stories, WR Jones' Paintings | , , , ,


  1. Sounds like the plot to a great (if there is such a thing) romance novel.

    Comment by Davis | February 11, 2009

  2. No Davis, you’re right – there is no such thing as a great romance novel! But I’ve read a few with the odd cow in…..

    Comment by kevmoore | February 11, 2009

  3. there is not such a thing as a great romance novel? This is AWFUL! I will have to write one then…

    Comment by Miki | February 11, 2009

  4. Beautifully written – I’m tearing up here. I will try to be there when any babys are born. I don’t want them adopted out for hamburger.

    Comment by wrjones | February 11, 2009

  5. Lovely.
    I have to admit that the only romance novel I have ever read that I think qualified as great(in any genre) is The Far Pavillions. I reread it every so often and usually take it with me if I have to go into hospital. Other than that I really rather dislike romance novels. I once read a Mills and Boon and wanted to gouge my eyes out with a spoon afterwards…

    Comment by viv66 | February 11, 2009

  6. Viv
    Unfortunately I don’t know The Far Pavilions.. would you tell me more about it and why you like it? I might buy it then if it sounds like something I could enjoy. I am an hopeless romantic, and more than anything I love books and films about love!

    Comment by Miki | February 11, 2009

  7. The Far Pavillions is by MM Kaye and is set in India during the earliest days of the Raj. Basically the hero is born and grows up in India and though he’s technically English, he doesn’t know it. He and his foster mother(a Hindu) hide after the mutiny(think Black Hole of Calcutta etc) and end up living in a royal palace serving one of the minor rajahs. There he meets the heroine who is a princess.
    It really is the most glorious of stories, beautifully written and thoroughly researched and a totally sensuous experience; you can smell the jasmine and the cow dung! It’s also a very tender love story, an adventure tale and a travelogue. Just about everything, and as well written as anything I’ve read. It has enough variety to keep you entertained and characters you can care about.
    Actually, I think you’d love it!!

    Comment by viv66 | February 11, 2009

  8. Thanks, Viv, it sounds indeed as I could love it! I anyway like stories which happen in such far away countries as India, Africa, etc… love that kind of exoticism… and princesses stories, yeah!!!
    I will look for it then…

    Comment by Miki | February 11, 2009

  9. People who don’t know me deeply(as opposed to well) usually react to the news that this is one of my favourite books, with incredulity as I am known to be deeply unromantic. I’m not, really, just very cynical about the jaded media-fuelled hype that passes for it.
    But real, deep, in-the-bone romance? I am a sucker for it!
    Mind you having recommended it, you might get quarter way through and think, Not for me! I was hooked from the very first line.

    Comment by viv66 | February 11, 2009

  10. Oh I am so happy that Ramona made it there in time for Valentine’s Day with Paco! I have VAlentine’s Day with Paco too. He stares at me from the calendar next to my desk.

    Comment by Susan Cornelis | February 14, 2009

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