Dogs have been our tiny helpers and most importantly our best friends ever since we got them. We cannot count just how many times they have helped us through thick and thin.
However, they aren’t only capable of helping us, as there also are times when they lend their paws to an animal in need.
Rescue dog living with horses on a farm.
Zip, an Australian cattle dog, lives on a farm that raises horses. However, it seems this 5-year-old rescue dog doesn’t really care much about his horse siblings. Karla Swindle, Zip’s mom, told the Dodo that Zip would only take a peek at the foals from behind the door, and nothing else. Even after years of being with foals, Zip still hasn’t shown any interest in them, until one fateful night.
This 9-day-old foal became an orphan early.
Swindle discovered that one of the foals has no mom. It was a newborn foal named Tye, a foal that was abandoned by its mother after only 9 days of Tye being born. Unfortunately, that was because the mare has gotten sick after birth, and even despite providing her treatment, it wasn’t enough to cure Tye’s mother.
Normally, newborn foals must stay with their mother for more or less than six months. If it becomes a case like this, it would be way harder to raise the foal especially when there are certain things that only a mare could provide. However, Swindle still has hope of Tye and her mother surviving and so she stayed by their side in the barn. Zip as always would tag along after his mom.
This little dog knows how lonely this foal is
On that fateful night in March, Zip sensed that Tye needs his help. Surprisingly, despite him not taking an interest in foals for a long time, Zip was able to respond to this orphaned foal’s feelings.
“I spent the night at the barn taking care of the mama horse, hoping that I could pull her through,” Swindle told The Dodo. “Zip stayed with me in the alley of the barn all night — the foal was laying in the alley, and he just lay there beside the foal.”
Tye’s mother unfortunately passed away the next day.
Tye’s mother was already beyond saving and Swindle has done everything she could to try and save her. Even after Tye’s mother passed away, she wasn’t alone at the barn. Zip was always there to accompany the foal and comfort her whenever it’s needed. Tye was really happy with it as if she already knew that Zip was there to help her.
This special interaction went on for six weeks until Tye grew up to be a healthy horse.
Tye was lucky to have Zip alongside her all the time. For six weeks, Zip was always there to greet the orphaned horse, even beating her owner to the barn. Zip would always be beside Tye, and sometimes he places his head on top of Tye whenever she’s lying down. It was so sweet, and you could think of Zip as Tye’s adoptive dad.
The proud dad continues to look after Tye.
After a few months, Tye has already grown big enough and sometimes a bit too playful for Zip.
She mostly spends her days on the pasture with her older sister who is teaching her the ropes of being a horse. Zip knows that his mission is complete, and he just looks after the independent Tye whenever needed.
However, that doesn’t mean that their relationship any less special now. Tye will surely be always in Zip’s heart no matter what.
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