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Identity crisis: Rescued cow thinks she's a dog

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

It is an identity crisis for a cow who resides in Sacramento, Calif.

Milkshake -- yes, that’s her name – thinks she is a canine.

Six years ago, Milkshake was rescued from an abusive owner by the Grace Foundation, which provides rehabilitation for abused animals.

"One of the little boys in our program named her,” said rancher Beth DeCaprio.

Since then, Milkshake has not only taken to hanging around with dogs, but she is often eating out of a bowl with other pups instead of grazing for grass.

“I think a lot of people think that it's a trick,” said DeCaprio.

According to DeCaprio, it all stems from the fact that she was never exposed to other cows.

"She really doesn't know,” DeCaprio said. “She was never around another cow. We have a cow friend for her."

Not only does the half-ton bovine enjoy hanging with pooches, she has even tried getting into the backseat of DeCaprio's car.

DeCaprio said Milkshake still suffers from separation anxiety when she leaves the ranch.

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