Dogs are such caring and affectionate animals. They have great protective instincts and will often be around an animal if they feel they need help. It is similar to the case of a rescue dog named Zip who became the orphan pony’s best friend and guardian.
Karla Swindle is the owner of S&K Quarter Horses in Fayette, Alabama. A few years ago her 22-year-old mare named Sandy ‘di.ed’ of declining health. The passing of her mare brings sadness to Sandy’s foal, Tye, an orphan just nine days old. But an unexpected friend quickly appeared to comfort the orphaned pony: Zip’s dog.
Karla told The Dodo. “Zip spent the night next to the pony lying in the alley, and the dog looked after the horse like a father.”
Karla said that the bed was like a dog that sensed Tye’s heartbreak, so it stayed with the pony all night, comforting him with a sympathetic paw.
“Zip was lying there on the horse’s neck and was groaning, like crying,” Karla told the Lewiston Tribune, on IHeartDogs. “It just broke my heart.”
While Tye lost his mother, he gained a best friend: the dog quickly assumed the role of the orphan’s friend and guardian.
“I think he adopted the horse as his son,” Karla said. “He’s letting the horse know” it’s not alone. “
Dogs are very intelligent animals, emotionally seem to be able to sense the moment someone has ‘pas.sed a.way’, because of that Zip understood the situation and went to help the pony. this orphan.
Karla told The Dodo: “We raise the ponies every year, and he would look in the door and just look at them. “You can tell Zip that something went wrong that night.”
“This is the first time he’s just licked, nudged, laid on one,” she told the Tribune.
Zip continued to take care of Tye daily for weeks and was eager to see his friend every morning.
Karla told The Dodo: “Every time I took off to the barn, Zip would run to the stall, stand in front of the stall and wait for me to get there. “He beat me up every time.”
“As soon as I opened the door, he would knock me out before I could get in there. If the pony is lying down, it will go there and lay its head on it.”
Tye has since grown into a happy, healthy pony, no doubt thanks to Zip’s care and friendship in the early days. Tye now spends most of his time with his fellow horses and, so to speak, he has to leave the nest, becoming more independent from his canine father.
“You could say that when the pony needed Zip, Zip was there for it,” says Karla. “And now Zip knew the pony was fine, so they went their separate ways.”
Although they no longer rely on each other, we know these two will always be friends and have a special place in each other’s hearts. It’s sweet to see dogs petting heartbroken animals under their wings and giving them the love and friendship they need.
It’s a beautiful story. We love watching stories about unlikely friendships between animals.
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