Goliath also thinks a two-year-old Great Dane is his mother

By Alex Heigl
November 16, 2015 12:24 PM

Maybe it’s body dys-moo-phia? (We are so, so sorry about that joke.)

Meet Goliath. Goliath is an eight-week-old dairy calf that Shaylee Hubbs and her family rescued from a farm in Danville, California.

At first, Hubbs told ABC News, Goliath was “so weak and so small that he couldn’t stand and you could pick him up very easily.” Now, though, he’s a healthy calf, albeit with one distinct quirk.

“I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s a dog,” said Hubbs, 17. “He was raised with our three dogs, and he’s around them every day. 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 also learned some tricks from his “brothers.” He’s developed a taste for the couch after watching the Hubbs’ 2-year-old Great Dane, Leonidas, open the house door and get up on the couch.


Leo and Goliath were close right from the get-go: “He would lick the little cow on the face and try to nudge him to stand up,” Hubbs said. “He would lay down with the sick, little cow for hours just to keep him company.”

That led to one interesting wrinkle: As Goliath got healthier, he tried to “nurse” with the dog, having identified the Great Dane as his mother.

This could be an awkward conversation someday.