Desperate Baby Cow Survives One Of History’s Worst Hurricanes By Pretending To Be A Dog

For most people, cows are little more than barnyard animals known for saying moo, giving us milk, or becoming a future dinner. But recently, one cow has been gaining some serious notoriety for a different reason—and she might just change the bovine game for good!

Born just outside of Houston only days after a catastrophic event, this calf wasn’t even supposed to survive. After all, the world around her was a mess. But then she found the most unexpected way to beat the odds and live…

Just days after Hurricane Harvey tore through the southern United States in August 2017—flooding city streets and country pastures alike—Tammy Canton, 43, and her husband were facing a dire situation.

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With two additional families and eight dogs taking shelter inside their home in Fulshear, Texas, space was tight. Then, Tammy’s husband spotted something that somehow made things even harder…

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Apparently, one of the family’s pet cows had unexpectedly given birth just after the storm passed. “My husband noticed she [the calf] was standing in water not nursing from her mom,” Tammy explained. And that wasn’t the worst of it…

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“The water was extremely cold,” Tammy added, “and the pasture was holding quite a bit of water.” Worse still, the calf was “weak and shivering from the cold rain.” What could Tammy and her husband do?

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Tammy knew the harsh reality of the situation: she and her husband had to do something—and fast—or the calf wouldn’t survive. So, with a house already stuffed to the brim with people and dogs, the family played hero.

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Tammy and her husband braved the flooded pasture and retrieved the newborn calf. She was so weak she could hardly stand, and she was shivering violently. “She seemed too far gone for me to help her,” Tammy said.

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Because the calf, which the family eventually named Harveigh, had not developed an immune system, a veterinarian recommended the family keep her inside while she regained her strength. Just like that, Tammy set her up in the laundry room.

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For weeks, Harveigh rested on a dog bed and guzzled hand-fed formula. Each day, she became a little more strong, and the Canton family hoped she’d be able to return to the pasture. Thankfully, she made some unexpected (and delightful) friends while she recovered…

On one occasion, the family’s pit bull, Sealy, started licking Harveigh, and she perked up instantly, Tammy recalled. “All of the dogs seemed to love her right away.” What she didn’t know was that it was only the beginning of something special…

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And so began several beautiful friendships that wouldn’t be out of place in a children’s story. Healed from her ordeal, Harveigh quickly began to adopt the behavior of her canine pals, playing with them day and night!

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The affection was mutual, too. On her Facebook page, Tammy wrote, “Sealy loves to spend her time playing, cleaning, and protecting baby Harveigh. These two have such a special bond.”

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Of course, the Canton family’s home wasn’t exactly built to accommodate a cow, and as Harveigh grew to over 400 pounds, she became a bit of a handful! No longer able to fit in the laundry room, the calf needed a new spot to stay.

But the calf had grown accustomed to her indoor life and refused to graze in the pasture with the family’s six other cows. Whenever Tammy and her husband brought Harveigh to the barn to stay with her fellow bovines, she’d show up at their back door in no time, mooing to come in!

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So they constructed what they called a “cow condo” out of a shed in their backyard. It was Harveigh’s personal house—complete with an expensive space heater—and designed as an intermediary between home and barn life.

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Still, in just her first night in the “condo,” Harveigh abandoned her new home and opted to sleep outside near the main house’s back door. Afterwards, she spent as little time as possible in her personal home, instead choosing to play with the family and dogs instead.

Unfortunately, as Harveigh grew bigger, she became a danger to her friends. Her once unsupervised playdates soon required a chaperone. Her sheer weight and size could easily hurt the dogs if their roughhousing became too aggressive…

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To protect the dogs—and for the sake of practicality—Tammy made concerted efforts to convince Harveigh to act more, well… cow-like. She’d bring her out to the barn for short quick visits, but the results were mixed.

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“We are slowly introducing her,” Tammy said. “It’s so hard not to go and just get her out. If she wants to learn how to ‘cow,’ she will need to spend time with them.” And so, slowly but surely, Harveigh learned to be a cow. Still, her days indoors weren’t over…

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That was because Harveigh learned to open the back door on her own! Now, she could visit the family whenever she grew tired of doing cow stuff. Still, there were rules. “I don’t let her free roam in the house,” Tammy said. “Just quick visits to come in and say hi to our dogs.”

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And though Harveigh was pushed to shed her canine habits for more bovine ones, Tammy couldn’t help but bring her inside for some pampering every now and then. She even fed her the occasional dog treat!

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“It fills my heart with joy being able to spend so much sweet time with her,” Tammy explained. “She will literally lay her head on my lap and be at peace.” Isn’t that just the cutest thing?

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What an adorable pet! Harveigh’s practically a 400-pound dog that (sometimes) also behaves like a cow…

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