SALT LAKE CITY — A Texas man tested the validity of Petco’s “all leashed pets are welcome” policy Monday when he brought a giant steer into his local Petco store.
Vincent Browning visited the Atascocita, Texas, Petco location Monday with his giant African Watusi steer Oliver on a leash, according to KFSM News.
“We decided to take a chance and call Petco’s bluff on the ‘ALL LEASHED PETS ARE WELCOME’ policy,” Browning wrote on Facebook. “The awesome crew at Petco Atascocita did not disappoint!”
In videos and photographs posted on his Facebook page, Browning can be seen waltzing Oliver into the Petco, careful to make sure his horns —which span 9.5 feet, according to The Washington Post — don’t bump anything as customers and Petco employees smile and film the moment on their phones.
Shelly Lumpkin, who filmed the moment, told USA Today, “People couldn’t believe it ... the whole staff there was really nice about it and excited.”
Browning wrote that the Petco staff welcomed Oliver “with open arms,” adding that staff members at the Atascocita location are always friendly to his family when they come.
Lumpkin told USA Today that she and Browning were coming back from an event with Oliver when they stopped at Petco. After seeing an employee she knew and asking her if they wanted to come see Oliver, the employee reportedly insisted they bring the animal inside.
The video of Browning and Oliver has gone viral on social media this week, with more than 1 million views on Facebook.
The Atascocita Petco posted the photos on its Facebook page, writing, “We mean it when we say ALL leashed pets are welcome in our stores.”
Browning, who is a 1992 Bud Light World Champion Bull Rider, has raised Oliver from the time the steer was six months old and traveled the southern states with him to participate in events, according to the Houston Chronicle.6 comments on this story
Oliver, who has his own Facebook page, weighs more than 1,600 pounds and is one of 11 Watusis Browning and Lumpkin own at their ranch in Liberty, according to the Chronicle.
“I didn’t think a major chain like that would be open to us bringing him in, but we were just kind of testing the waters on that all-leashed-pets-welcome policy they have,” Lumpkin told the Chronicle. “It was exciting and just something we really wanted to do anyways. So it just really kind of fit that we got there (and) came at the right time when the right people were there. They welcomed him with open arms, everyone was so excited.”