A boy and his best-friend-cow lose a state fair but are caught napping together in candid photo

Iowa boy Mitchell Miner is actual best friends with his cow, Audri.

And while cute animal pictures paired with their human pals are a dime a dozen, this photo below is one that will tug on your heart strings.

Mitchell and Audri were competing in the Iowa State Fair’s youth dairy cattle show. But when they found out they lost first place, instead of fretting, they decided to kick back and take a quick snooze.

Image via Jeremy Miner

Despite taking weeks for both Mitchell and Audri to get ready for the contest — with some days starting at 3 a.m. in the morning — they took home 5th place.

Needless to say, the nap was much needed as working on the farm is no cake walk. Most farm animals need to be bathed, clipped, walked as well as fed — a job that takes lots of effort with what it appears to be, a lot of reward.

Well, maybe a lot of snuggles at least.