Calf Saved From Slaughterhouse Bonds With Family Dog – Now They’re Best Friends

A family from Santa Clarita in California has welcomed a new member in the form of a 350-pound calf.

The calf was only 50 pounds and a week old when he was saved from a slaughterhouse and has since been raised inside the family home.

Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner run the non-profit rescue The Gentle Barn and were kind enough to adopt the calf into their home.

When they found him, he wasn’t in the best state, “He had severe pneumonia. He had loud, raspy breathing. He had a deep cough. He had an extremely high temperature,” said Ellie.

So they realized that the calf, named John Lewis, wouldn’t survive in their barn alone, so he was placed in an oxygen tent in their living room.

The family dog, Sky, who is an Australian Shepard, lay by his side every step of the way until he recovered.

“Lewis was so sick, having Sky’s help — cuddling with him while he slept, cleaning his mouth, just nurturing him I think it’s one of the main factors that saved Lewis’s life,” said Ellie.

They share absolutely everything, their toys, snacks, and even the dog bed.

Check out this adorable video of the pair cuddling together:

“They run all over the yard and tussle. Sky is very mouthy like a puppy and Lewis wonky like a cow, but somehow they make it work and understand each other,” Laks said.

“I’ve never been a cow mom before. I’ve never had a cow live in the house so this is an adventure,” said Laks. “We’ll see we might end up with a cow in the house forever I don’t know what’s going to happen!”

Follow John Lewis’s journey with his family at and their Instagram account here.

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!