January 10, 2023

Dog comforts An Orphaned, 9-Day-Old Foal After His Mother’s D.e.a.t.h

Dog comforts An Orphaned, 9-Day-Old Foal After His Mother’s D.e.a.t.h

Dogs are such caring, compassionate animals. They have great protective instincts, and will often take an animal under their wing if they sense they need a helping hand. That was the case for one rescue dog, who became a guardian and best friend to an orphaned foal. The p.a.i.n of watching a loved one die, it’s not just human who feel that p.a.i.n. when animals also know how to love and know sadness when their mother d.i.e.s. Like the pony below. He not alone in the world, the pony has a companion, it is a dog.

Karla Swindle is the owner of S & K Quarter Horses in Fayette, Alabama. A few years ago, one of her horses, a 22-year-old mare named Sandy, had to be euthanized due to declining health. The d.e.a.t.h was especially heartbreaking for Sandy’s foal, Tye, who was left orphaned at only 9 days old.

But an unexpected friend quickly took to comforting the orphaned baby horse: Karla’s dog, Zip.

“Zip stayed in the alley of the barn all night — the foal was laying in the alley, and he just lay there beside the foal, comforting him with a sympathetic paw. The dog was whining, like crying.  It just broke everyone heart. While Tye lost a mother that night, he gained a best friend: Zip quickly took on the role as the foal’s friend and guardian.

” Every time I would take off to the barn, Zip would run to the stall, and stand in front of the stall and wait for me to get there,He would beat me to the barn every time. As soon as I opened the door, he would about knock me down before I could get in there. If the foal was laying down, he would go over there and lay his head on him.” Karla said

Zip continued to look after Tye every day for weeks, and was eager to see his friend every morning.  Tye has since grown up to be a happy, healthy horse, no doubt thanks to Zip’s care and friendship in his early days. Tye now spends most of his time with his fellow horses, and he’s had to “leave the nest” so to speak, getting more independent from his doggy dad.

“You could tell that when the foal needed Zip, Zip was there for him,” Karla said. “And now Zip knows that the foal is OK, so they kind of went their separate ways.”

While they don’t rely on each other anymore, we know these two will always be friends and have a special place in each other’s hearts.

Everybody knows how loyal and outgoing dogs are. They are truly great companions for humans. Most owners consider their paw friends as family members and best friends. They can make friend with another animals.  Researches report that horses act similarly to dogs when having fun. That’s why they can bond flawlessly . The animals tend to mirror each other’s expressions and behavior.

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