All Pet owners are very aware of the therapeutic and joyous effects of spending time with cats and dogs, but there's one barnyard animal that's surprisingly cathartic to relax with. Mountain House Farm, a luxurious bed and breakfast and glamping site in the upstate New York now offer visitors to relax by cuddling up with some cows. Yes, cows.
The picturesque 33-acre retreat added the cow snuggles to its wellness sessions
Suzanne Vullers, the owner of the Naples farm, told INSIDER that she had long offered therapeutic interactions between horses and guests at the 33-acre ranch, but only after a trip to the Netherlands did she think to incorporate cows into the mix. So in the spring of 2018, Vullers began introducing the farm's two cows — Bonnie and Bella — to visitors.
The practice is a common form of stress relief therapy in many European counties, including Switzerland and the Netherlands.
According to research, because cows have a slower heart rate than other traditional "cuddling animals" like cats or dogs, they are able to slow down the cuddler's heart rate for a relaxing bonding moment.
For $75, guests can spend an hour playing and snuggling with the farm's two cows: Bonnie and Bella.
Suzanne Vullers says that guests are often surprised at how "smart and funny" the cows are.
The owners of Mountain House Farm stress that the retreat is not a petting zoo and the well being of the animals is always prioritized.
While the cows often sit and are receptive to cuddling, they are also free to roam and play during their interactions with humans.
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