[Ed. – Whatever makes you happy.]
Renee Behinfar lives alone in Scottsdale, Ariz. The pandemic has been painfully isolating for her and has left her longing for warmth and touch.
On a recent afternoon, she finally was smothered in long-awaited hugs — by a 2,000-pound cow.
“It was really my first real hug of the year,” said Behinfar, 43, a psychologist who sought out bovine comfort with a friend.
People are signing up to hug cows at sanctuaries across the country, many desperate for affection as the nation approaches a full year of social distancing during the pandemic.
When Sammy the cow, who was rescued from a dairy farm, laid her head in Behinfar’s lap and fell asleep, Behinfar began to cry. The pandemic, she said, has been a time of unprecedented loneliness.
“In the end, I really didn’t want to let her go,” Behinfar said.