The Vet

The only cow in a small Iowa town stopped giving milk. The people did some research and found that they could buy a cow just across the state line in Nebraska for $200.

They bought the cow from Nebraska and the cow was wonderful. It produced lots of milk all of the time, and the people were pleased and very happy. They decided to acquire a fine bull to mate with the cow and produce more cows like it. They would never have to worry about their milk supply again.

They bought the bull and put it in the pasture with their beloved cow. However, whenever the bull came close to the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull and he could not succeed in his quest.

The people were very upset and decided to ask the Vet, who was very wise, what to do. They explained to the Vet what was happening. “Whenever the bull approaches our cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. And if he approaches from the side, she walks away to the other side.”

The Vet thought about this for a minute and asked, “Did you by chance, buy this cow in Nebraska?”

The people were dumbfounded, since no one had ever mentioned where they bought the cow.

“You are truly a wise Vet,” they said. “How did you know we got the cow in Nebraska?”

The Vet replied with a distant look in his eye, “My wife is from Nebraska.”