Despite the unfortunate loss of his mother, within a few days of being born, this helpless foal finds all the solace he needs in a very affectionate dog. A bond that amazes everyone on the farm because the now affectionate dog has never shown affection to any foal before. It’s amazing how animals protect those in need of help!
Rescued as a puppy, the 5-year-old Australian cattle dog named Zip has always lived on his parents’ house farm . Naturally caring, the Zip has never been the friendliest dog, especially with the rogue foals. But surprisingly, everything changed a few months ago and Zip proved to everyone that he truly is the kindest soul.
When the foal Tye was born, everything was normal for him and his mother, but unfortunately things quickly took a turn for the worse and the baby’s mother passed away just nine days after birth. The unfortunate incident put Tye in danger as life of an orphaned newborn foal was almost impossible. But not under Zip’s supervision!
Karla Swindle, Zip’s mother, told The Dodo: “We raise the foals every year, and he usually looks out the door and just watches them. But that night he just stayed with me in the aisle in the barn all night – the foal lay in the aisle, and it just lay there beside the foal. You could tell Zip knew something was wrong that night.”
Although Karla and family thought it that night was an exception, they could believe their eyes when they saw Zip with them every night next to their helpless new friend and to their surprise, Tye was so relaxed and comfortable with the caring dog around. Zip stayed with Tye for several weeks, until he was strong enough to deal it all by himself.
“Every time I left the barn, Zip would run to the stall, stand in front of the stall and wait for me to get there,” Karla said. “It seemed to me that the foal knew that the dog was trying to help him. If Tye was lying down, he would go there and lay his head on top of him.”
Now Tye looks stronger than ever and he’s almost a full-grown horse, but he would never have made it without this good dog. Even though he’s grown and runs around a lot in his barn, Zip always keeps an eye on him, just in case.
“The foal is a little rough now, so Zip is a little away from him,” Carla said. “I know Zip was there for the foal when he needed him, but now he knows the foal is doing well, so they kind of went their separate ways.”
Just look what a heartwarming bond these two share: