Meet Goliath, The Cow Who Thinks He’s A Dog
If you think your new pet is hard to train, you haven’t met Goliath yet.
Goliath is an absolutely loveable eight-week old calf from California. The calf was born weak and sickly. The dairy farm that he was rescued from planned on slaughtering him until high school student Shaylee Hubbs’ family adopted him. Goliath moved to the Hubbs family ranch in Danville, California about two months ago where he met his new family members—namely the three family dogs.
The Hubbs family’s Great Dane, Leonidas, immediately took to young Goliath, bonding with his new family member for hours on end.
“He would lick the little cow on the face and try to nudge him to stand up,” Shaylee Hubbs said. “He would lay down with the sick, little cow for hours just to keep him company.”
After all of this time together, it’s no wonder that Goliath is starting to act more like a puppy than a cow. According to Hubbs, Goliath has grown to love dog kibble and sleeping in doggy beds. He has also become the best of friends with Leonidas, even trying to “nurse” with Leo, thinking the Great Dane was his mother.
“They chase and play together, he watches how they eat their dog food and drink water from their bowls and copies them and he even lays in their dog beds. He even loves scratches on his neck around his ear.”
Goliath has even copied Leonidas’ trick to sneaking into the house to nap on the family couch.
“He used to watch Leo push down the door handle and come and sit on the couch, and of course, he now knows how to come in too. He just pushes down on the knob with his head and lets himself in and onto our couch.”
Hubbs has been documenting Goliath’s adventures on her Twitter account. A picture of Goliath on the couch was retweeted over 32,000 times and liked over 54,000 times already.
Those worried about what the future holds for the cow once destined for the slaughterhouse can breathe a sigh of relief. Hubbs said that Goliath is now a “pet and a family member” and that he’s there to stay.