Save Our Cow-Bear from auction!

$4,572 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 95 people in 29 months
Pandora Nash-Karner
on behalf of Celebrate Los Osos
Help us keep our "cow-bear" from going to auction!

Los Osos/Baywood has the world's only "cow-bear", a delightfully whimical piece of public art currently residing near the pier in Baywood Park. But, we only have her only until spring when she is scheduled to go to auction where she will be sold to the highest bidder and moved to...well, somewhere else!

But wait, what community or winery or shopping center or car dealership has a historical reason to own a wiggy piece of public art that includes diary farming, ranching, gizzly bears, monarch butterflies, Golden poppies and stands on a paddleboard next to the bay? No one but us!

All money raised from the sale of the 101 cows in the CowParadeSLO goes to local charities! Check out the updates on this page to see how many organizations will benefit.

That's why Celebrate Los Osos,  a local non-profit, has launched a campaign to help raise enough money to keep her home -- permanently. The money goes to CowParadeSLO, which is then distributed to local charities.

Our cow-bear's name is, "Udderly Osos." She is part of Cow-Parade SLO which is showcasing 101 (for Highway 101) life-size, 120-pound, fiberglass works of art.  

Over 75 cities and 200 million people worldwide have participated in CowParade, the world's largest public art exhibit. 

How'd this come about?
Visit Los Osos•Baywood Park, a small local Business Improvement Distrist group sponsored our cow for $7000, and selected local artists Dave and Kyle Doust to transform her into the world's only cow-bear. Part of the funds paid went to ArtsObispo , a non-profit group advancing the arts in SLO County, the Land Conservancy of SLO County and many other great organizations; part to the international group and part went to the artists who spent the summer creating her.

But unless we raise enough money to keep her, she will go to auction in the spring and we lose her.

Why keep her?
"Udderly Osos" is fast becoming the most visited sight in Los Osos. Since she was installed in Baywood she has grown in popularity with visitors, locals and school age kids love her.  She characterizes the kind of unique zaniness of our community enjoys.

How much do we need and why?
To keep her, we must raise $5500. The CowParade organizers require $3500 to prevent her from going to auction. This money will go to charity.  The balance will be held for future maintenance expenses and repair costs.

Keeping our cow-bear in Los Osos is just the kind of project our community thrives upon.

The funds need to be raised on or before March 15.

Please join us in keeping our cow-bear — home. There will be a permanent plaque placed near "Udderly Osos" with the names and levels of the contributors. 

$5          Bovinity
$10       Moooo-arvelous
$25       Cownt-on-you
$50       Udderly Generous
$100     Moooo-nificent
$500     Moooo-ver & Shaker
$1000  Udderly Bearish

When we're successful we will have bragging rights of being the proud home of the world's only cow-bear!

It's a great cooooowse!
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Udderly Osos is staying in green pastures!

You are invited to "pass the buck(s)" this Saturday, May 13, at 11 AM in Baywood, where Udderly will be waiting.

Now that the live cow-parade auction is complete, the Los Osos “cow" (Cow-Bear), Udderly Osos will officially belong to Los Osos/Baywood this Saturday. We will be exchanging a “large” ceremonial check (and a real one) to Tom Halen, from Cow-Parade SLO. He, in turn will be giving us a “bill of sale,” thus ensuring Udderly Osos remains in our local pastures.

You are invited to attend this mooooving-event, for a very brief passing of official paper (and money).

Udderly Osos is awaiting your presence. She is located near the Back Bay Cafe and the Baywood pier, 1399 2nd Street, Los Osos.

Celebrate Los Osos launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to keep our very unique cow from going to auction. Thanks to over 150 donors, we were successful.

We hope you will join us for the official transfer of ownership.

It was the mooooo-vers and shakers, like you, who made this possible, and we are very grateful!

Pandora and the Board from Celebrate Los Osos
Udderly Osos watching over her bay!
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HEADED FOR PASTURE -- while supporting charities!

Cow Parade cows are being rounded up, and heading for auction...except for our cow-bear, "Udderly Osos" THANKS to you!

Oyster Ridge Barn at Ancient Peaks Winery at Santa Margarita Ranch is the place to be on May 6th as CowParade SLO heads out to pasture. See the final herd one last time and show your support for our great causes. The auction event begins with early VIP entry at 2 p.m. followed by regular entry at 3, and a live auction at 4.

Here are the 25 cows going to live auction. Attend the auction, prime rib dinner, wine tasting -- proceeds all go to SLO County charities.

Tickets can be purchased

Thanks to our very generous community, Celebrate Los Osos has raised enough money to keep our cow-bear grazefully mooing at home.

Los Osos -- HOME to the world's only cow-bear!!! The kind of public art you can expect to see in a tiny town with a BIG personality. THANK YOU!!!
Cow heading to auction, but NOT cow-bear
See the cows going to auction...
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You DID IT!!! You humans have saved me from going to auction!!! Thank you very much. Now I can relax in my Los Osos pastures without fear of being shipped to the front yard of some brewery in Orange County, or wherever. I promise to be the BEST cow-bear in the entire world!!!!
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A truly MOOOO-ving experience!


In the midst of all the worthy causes asking for money, we are especially appreciative that you've enthusiastically supported Udderly Osos, the world's only cow-bear. She's a bit wiggy, we agree, and the kind of public art you would expect to find off the beaten path in some small town with a BIG personality. That's us.
Thank you for helping to celebrate our town and who we are. As of today, we have received checks, cash and GoFundMe donations totally $4816.46!!! Our goal of $5500 so we're almost there.

All donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit SLO County charities. You can donate at or send a check to: Celebrate Los Osos, 350 Mitchell Drive, Los Osos, CA 93402.

BTW, Cow-Bear - Udderly Osos plans to move around a bit after the CowParade SLO is over. She will be seen in other places in town. To find her, you'll have to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to say "hello." Truly, a moooo-ving experience!
Almost there -- THANK YOU!!!
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Udderly Osos
28 months ago

So Kind!!!

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$4,572 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 95 people in 29 months
Created December 4, 2016
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Joe Patane
26 months ago

All love! :)

Alice Welchert
26 months ago

Our Cow-Bear is so sweet and joyful. I love her!

Tiffany Edmonds
26 months ago
steven moberg
26 months ago
Pamela Hutchins
27 months ago
Melissa Kurry
27 months ago

Udderly Osos is one of my favorite cows!

Heidi Hingston
27 months ago
Mitch Barnett
27 months ago
Jennifer Mitchell
27 months ago
Darshan Hanson
27 months ago

I love the Cow- Bear! Let's make Los Osos / Baywood Park her permanent home

Udderly Osos
28 months ago

So Kind!!!

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