Smith & Agli's Potbelly Manor
Bette Davis the Magnificent!
Farewell Beloved Bette
Thursday December 9, 2010, a cold winter afternoon, Dr. Ennis came to the farm to help Bette journey over the Rainbow Bridge. Bette was recovering well from pneumonia when she developed a severe hemorrhage which Dr. Ennis told us was not treatable.
Bette passed in her pasture where she spent over 12 joyous years being spoiled by Audrey, Liz, many volunteers and countless visitors, in the company of her goat friends.
In good weather she received baths on a daily basis, chowing on apples while she enjoyed the water. When Audrey was away performing military service the volunteers knew to heed her strong instruction "Don't forget to wash my cow!"
If we were to assign a number to the lives Bette has touched in her 12+ years with us it would certainly be in excess of 100. Bette met volunteers of all ages at the gate and patiently stood while they felt her velvety hide, marveled at her majestic horns and praised her placid temperament.
Bette was a star, appearing in the annual Christmas cards; Audrey's car was even modeled after her (Cow car page). Audrey drives the cow car every day as a tribute to her beautiful cow.
From the beginning Bette was no ordinary cow. When born it was predicted that she wouldn't "amount to a hill of beans" - small, gangly, with a swayed back. Then she came to Potbelly Manor where she blossomed into the mischievous young lass. Games of hide and seek, kicking up her heels sending dirt flying! Bette doted over the goaties - she lined them up and gave them all baths; in return they would give her a good scratch with their horns.
Bette learned to put her feed bucket on her head when she was hungry and was known to open gates and let animals out when she felt like it. On a cold morning when the cow was in with the dogs and the pigs were in with the goats it would beg the question who was smarter, human or cow?
A reunion at the Rainbow Bridge
Animal communicator Karen Anderson states that when animals are ready to pass they often tell her they "are ready for an upgrade." They are ready to trade in their tired bodies and be reunited with their friends waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. They will play, rest and send their love to us while they wait patiently for us to join them.
As Bette Davis' eyes spot the other dearly departed Potbelly Manor furbabies at the Rainbow Bridge there will certainly be a loud and joyous reunion as beloved pigs, cats, dogs, llamas and horses greet her with glee.
We thank Dr. Ennis for remaining on call during Bette's illness, for performing the last and most important medical task, for her medical prowess and skill in being of comfort to both human and animal. We thank all who shared their affection and unique gifts with Bette and are humbled by the outpouring of support after her passing. Bette had fans throughout the country and we know her message of peace and love will live on.
We blow kisses and send angel blessings on the wings of a butterfly to you Bette ... until we meet again.
Bette's lessons to the world:
Bette is an Ayrshire.
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