Lincoln, an Australian shepherd, takes his duty of being a sibling very seriously. Perhaps that is because his sibling is, well, a cow.

Ever since Calvin the calf came to live at Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary in Ontario last July, Lincoln hasn’t left the calf’s site.

Perhaps Lincoln felt entitled to Calvin, and rightly so. Calvin was rescued from a dairy farm just moments after he was born. What happens at a dairy farm is that cows are bred and encouraged to give birth just for the milk, whereas the calves are usually shipped off moments after birth, usually somewhere for slaughter.

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Thankfully, people at the Sanctuary wanted to make sure that Calvin was to have a future and they were going to provide him with a good one. As soon as Calvin was in fact taken out of that concrete hub of his and brought to the greenery of the sanctuary, he simply couldn’t contain his excitement.

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Megan Mostacci, co-founder of Black Goat said that perhaps the calf had never been outside before so his legs would run and run non-stop. Once Calvin got his energy out however, he met someone that was to change his life forever- Lincoln.

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They immediately took to each other. Lincoln got to watch over Calvin as the latter was going through moments of running up and down the sanctuary, and he even made sure that Calvin wasn’t disrupted during sleep!

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The dog seemed to be super responsible and overly protective of Calvin, who enjoyed this attention as he was deprived of a mother when he was born.

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Half a year later, it is exciting to see the pair still hanging out with each other. Even though Calvin is now huge, Lincoln stands by his side as the loyal dog he is.

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When Calvin is grazing in the field, Lincoln is there, making sure he is attending to his brotherly duties.

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Lincoln takes Calvin’s protection very seriously; let it be if the situation requires it, or just because his instincts tell him so.