Heartfelt Story Of A Baby Cow Who Became A Dog After Facing Rejection From His Herd

Date April 3, 2018

If you've ever come across a little Highland calf, then you know just how endearing these balls of fluff truly are. And baby James is no different.


This fuzzy brown calf had a sad start to his life when his mom and herd rejected him. But fear not: The story has a happy ending.

It is very important to be kind to animals


Our pets are wonderful at being kind, selfless, and loving companions to us, so it is our responsibility to return the favor by showing them compassion.

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Pets depend entirely upon their owners for their every need and desire, and this goes far beyond just food and shelter. Pets are calmest when they form some degree of dependent relationship with their owner.

Since pets have no voice of their own to speak out about what worries or troubles them, they can experience a feeling of insecurity and anxiety if they don’t have a close, dependent relationship with their owner.


A compassionate relationship with their human can allow them to feel that they are safe and protected and that no matter what happens, everything will actually be alright. Just like Adam and Emily made baby James feel safe.

The sick calf decides to become a dog

North Carolina natives Adam and Emily Hopson, owners of Happy Hens & Highlands Farm, brought baby James in to care for him because of his health problems.

Tiny Tim has gained 23 lbs in 2.5 weeks!! ☺️ We’re so happy!

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The Scottish Highland cow was born in horrible rainy weather on the side of a North Carolina mountain, deprived of oxygen and never got to breastfeed from his mother. In a blog post, Emily said:

Our dogs adopted James and took over the duties of a mother, loving and cleaning him. Their love and acceptance gave him a will to live.


Inside the house, baby James made friends with the family dogs who kept him company. He even slept in their beds and cuddled with them on the couch. After the calf got his strength, Emily tried to reintroduce him to other cows, but he got bullied or ignored.

We knew he would soon outgrow his doggy friends and needed a buddy. We found him some orphan (cow) babies as companions. Since they were also orphans, they accepted James (even though he sometimes wears funny costumes). They bonded right away.

All the #cuteness in the world #cuddling in one photo!

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Baby James also seems to have outgrown his canine ways.

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Children can learn kindness from animals


Animals are an important part of our lives, and one way to teach compassion is to focus on how you can teach your kids how to be kinder to animals.

According to the National PTA Congress:

Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations to each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more law abiding, in every respect more valuable citizens.


So, it makes good sense to teach children well, to be role models, to infuse their education with kindness and compassion so that their decisions are founded on a deeply rooted, automatic reflex-like caring ethic. If we don't, they, we, other animals, human communities, and environments will suffer.


Kids need to learn to care for creatures that are smaller and weaker — as well as larger and stronger — than they are. Respect for wildlife and kindness to animals are gifts children will carry throughout their lives.

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