We once raised a calf years ago. It was intended to be eventually consumed, but we treated it more like a pet. Seeing a pet loaded on a truck to be ultimately returned in the form of hamburger and steak isn't the most fond memory I carry from my childhood.
I suppose my brother and I roping the poor thing with clothesline and riding it until it collapsed from exhaustion may have contributed to my parents' decision to abandon the idea of raising animals for consumption. I'm sure the prospect of us abusing future meals must have factored in somewhere.
A cow isn't a bad pet to have. I know a few people who has had them as pets. I have had a pig as a pet and it was a great pet. Untill he got really fat and we ate him. I was a little sad but he tasted good!
We raised cows when I was younger. They were meant for consumption but I treated them as pets. Was warned against it; was told about an attachment thing. I just figured if the fuckers were happy and content they'd be more tender and taste better.