Texas Rancher Takes Enormous Steer into Petco to Test the 'All Leashed Pets Welcomed' Policy

Rebelander Basilan
Mar 26, 2019
12:50 A.M.

Vincent Browning, from Texas, proved that Petco’s “all leashed animals are welcome” policy has no exclusions after bringing a large steer into the store recently.


In a viral Facebook video, Vincent and his partner Shelly Lumpkin can be seen bringing their steer, Oliver, into the Petco store, where the employees welcomed the African Watusi with great enthusiasm.

Vincent trained Oliver for rodeos and different shows. It’s not clear precisely how much the steer weighs, but Shelly said Oliver weighs a little over 1,600 pounds.

“We decided to take a chance and call Petco's bluff on the 'ALL LEASHED PETS ARE WELCOME' policy,” Vincent wrote. “The awesome crew at Petco - Atascocita did not disappoint!!”


"They welcomed Oliver the African Watusi with open arms," he added. "The staff members here are always super friendly and courteous to us. We really enjoy coming to this location...our favorite Petco BY FAR!!"

The post quickly went viral with over one million views and over seven thousand shares. A lot of Facebook users also added their thoughts via comments, mostly praising Oliver.

One user wrote: "It's a bull, so its good behavior is even more surprising."


"He's so smart! He even tilts his head to get in the door!" added another.

"Well, then Oliver is a beautiful watusi! I wish he were in the Ft. Worth area, my residents would be amazed!" another user commented.

According to Shelly, she and Vincent were on their way back from an occasion with their beloved animal when they decided to stop at the Petco store, located about 25 miles north of Houston.

When Shelly asked one of the employees if she wanted to see Oliver, the employee responded that they bring the steer inside.


"People couldn't believe it," Shelly said. "The whole staff there was really nice about it and excited."

The Petco store also took to Facebook to respond to Vincent's challenge, stating: “We mean it when we say ALL leashed pets are welcome in our stores.”

Vincent trained Oliver for rodeos and different shows. It’s not clear precisely how much the steer weighs, but Shelly said Oliver weighs a little over 1,600 pounds.

She also said that Oliver's horns are 114 inches from tip to tip when measured along the curve.

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