Dog saves freezing calf and refuses to leave its side

Bosko, a yellow lab, found a young calf dying of hypothermia on his family’s ranch. Bosko came across the calf in the ranch’s feed lot and went to get help from his family. The family brought the calf into shelter, where they wrapped him in blankets and heating pads and gave him some antibiotics.

The family recounted how the calf’s nose was frozen stiff and his eyes looked dead. The calf was barely breathing. His mother had become too weak to care for him. The family brought the calf out of the wet and cold and as the calf clung to life wrapped in blankets and heating pads Bosko refused to leave his side.

After 4 hours of faithfully lying next to the calf, the calf which the family decided to call Zeke, started to show signs of life and his breathing became more regular. The family was able to coax Bosko to come inside the house and their other dog Duke took over Bosko’s watch and stayed with the Zeke during the night.

The next morning Zeke began to eat and in a few days he was up and about. The family kept Zeke safe and warm inside their old chicken coop for a few weeks before he was ready to return to the other cows. Now 6 months later he’s doing well. Zeke is a little smaller than the other cows, but is alive and healthy thanks to Bosko.


  1. Jessica woodhall says on  10/01/2012 at 10:10 am

    Well we all l know why that poor calf was saved!…At the end of the day a Farmer’s priority is to make money. Awful.

    • soniapanganiban says on  10/10/2012 at 11:12 am

      please i need ur help i dont know where the aspca humanity service. and i dont how to find email in apsca. i saw 3 cats here in 965 brighton ciclce west crystal lake illinois assisted living and retiment home. i saw every night scattered and finding the food. no home , nobody take care of them. maybe they scared to catch or they ignored them..every time i saw them outside under the bushes by the main entrance. i will pity on them. please help them to inform aspca humanity service..because the weather is so called im just worry about them.if anything you can do to help please find them.. i hope and i wish that u cannot tolerate my messages.. tnx

    • Anonymous says on  10/15/2012 at 10:46 am

      With out farmers, you wouldn’t eat. Whether they farm livestock or crops, they feed the you and the rest of the world.

  2. Anonymous says on  10/01/2012 at 1:47 pm

    Hey Jessica, you dumb cunt, that is not the point

    • Tatyana Hill says on  10/01/2012 at 4:30 pm

      Nice language “Anonoymous”. Actually that is the point, if you could see past your nose and had any depth of intelligence or character you would see that. Try gaining some compassion and get some manners coward.

  3. Leximou says on  10/01/2012 at 4:26 pm

    My question here is why was one so young left out in the elements? Farmers know when their cows drop a calf. And if the mother was too weak, why were they BOTH not brought in to shelter? I applaud the dog for having the sense to do what the owner was to stupid to do. What a sad, underlying story. Just goes to show ya’ dogs are smarter than some people!

  4. Anonymous says on  10/02/2012 at 10:29 am

    When a heifer calves, sometimes (more often than not) they calve in a field by themselves. So a farmer wouldnt necessarily know where the calf would be located. Especially because heifers like to go hide out when they are about to have their baby. And the story doesnt say that the mother was in shelter either. If she was too weak to care for her calf, then she probably was not able to make it inside. So for anyone saying how thoughtless of the farmer apparently has never been to a farm and seen how brainless some animals( in this case, the cow) can be.

    • Anonymous says on  10/16/2012 at 12:13 pm

      Cow was in a FEEDLOT, not a field. Which means they feed them everyday. They should have seen a frozen calf. Callous farmer, let the cow get sick/weak, take care of the calf long enough to get in the news – looking good to the press- then send it off to slaughter. Gotta make a few bucks off it, but does make a feel good story for those who don’t look past the article to the reality.

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