‘Moooove’ over Jeep duck mascots, Subaru car fans have cow mascots

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Jeep owners have some competition, at least when it comes to little rubber mascots: Mooove over Duck, Duck, Jeep. It’s time for Moo Moo Subaru.

That’s part of the message that a growing community of devoted Subaru lovers is spreading on notes they leave, along with little rubber cows, on Subarus all over the country.

The idea, like ducking for Jeep owners, where fans leave rubber ducks on Jeeps, is fairly straightforward: See a Subaru you like and let the owner know by leaving a little rubber cow and a note referencing the Facebook group, Moo Moo Subaru, on the hood or in a bag on the door handle or windshield wiper.

It’s called getting mooed and, like its Jeep predecessor, it’s become something of a mooovement, with Subaru owners sharing ideas and stories about their experiences on social media and highlighting more products, like decals and stuffed bovines, that can, as the Subaru campaign goes, help “share the love.”

The Moo Moo Subaru Facebook group launched in June and has grown to more than 36,000 members.A few other similarly dedicated Facebook groups have also popped up since Moo Moo Subaru launched. Most of the small rubber cows get ordered through Amazon, according to members of Moo Moo Subaru.

“You never know when someone’s having a bad day and they come out and see a little plastic cow on their car and it just makes them forget about the bad day they’ve had and they just want to pass on the positivity and the kindness to the next person,” said Staci Huckins, 48, of Troy, New Hampshire, one of Moo Moo Subaru’s two Facebook group administrators.

While U.S. car customers might be more familiar with the Jeep name, the Japanese Subaru has been steadily gaining ground on Stellantis’ major SUV brand in the United States. Through the third quarter of this year, Jeep sales were at 490,106, a 9% drop compared to the same period in 2022, while Subaru managed sales of 467,223, a 16.5% increase over the same period a year prior, according to U.S. sales figures from both, covering all models.

How moo moo came to be be

The Facebook group and the resulting moo moo movement began with a conversation between Huckins and a friend, according to both women.

They live in different parts of New Hampshire and work for the same propane company as customer service representatives.

Huckins was asking her friend, Crystal Hamann, 39, of Rochester, New Hampshire, about ducking. Huckins drives a Subaru Crosstrek and Hamann drives a Jeep Wrangler, the most popular Jeep model to duck. Hamann’s very involved in ducking Jeeps she likes.

“I jokingly told her that I didn’t think it was fair and that I was going to start ducking Subarus because Subarus are clearly better than Jeeps, and we deserve something too. And she told me that wasn’t allowed. So being the sarcastic person I am, I said, ‘All right, I’ll find something else,’ and ended up coming up with cows,” Huckins told the Free Press, noting that moo happens to rhyme with Subaru.

Huckins learned something else as she considered what to use instead of ducks: that the Subaru logo, with stars on a blue background, actually represents a part of the Taurus constellation, according to Subaru. Seeing the connection to the astrological bull, she chose the cow.

I moo, you moo, we all moo for Subaru

In no time, the Facebook group exploded in popularity. “The cows have just taken off. People love just throwing them out there and just spreading the love, essentially. Staci calls it a mooovement,” Hamann said. “Our goal was just to create something that would just make somebody smile and share the happiness. … So far it seems to be working ... and we just kind of want it to keep going.”

Hamann is pleased with the results, but she has no intention of giving up her Jeep, which she uses for off-roading, in favor of a Subaru. She said her daughter would disown her if she drove anything else.

Huckins, however, is all about her 2015 Crosstrek, a charcoal gray number she calls Bella.

“They’re safe, and they can be driven pretty much forever,” Huckins said, noting that Bella is her sixth Subaru.

Dominick Infante, a spokesman for Subaru of America, said the company is aware of the Facebook group but isn’t an active participant from the brand level.

“We do think it is great. It is a great example of the passion of our owners. Moo Moo Subaru is an organic, ownerdriven initiative that helps to enhance the already strong sense of community that exists among Subaru enthusiasts,” Infante said in an email to the Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Shelly Baldwin, who lives in the Coldwater, Michigan, area, a couple of hours’ drive southwest of Detroit, owns a 2019 Outback she calls her Hot Wheels car because of the flame decals added to the side. This marks her fourth Subaru, all Outbacks. The Outback, she said, is the perfect size vehicle to haul her golf clubs.

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