We always love stories of unusual friendships with animals. When you have different species of animals under one roof, you sometimes wonder if they get along just so the animals get along.
Like the moving story of a group of orphaned puppies who found a friend and guardian in the most unexpected creature. A foster home and 2nd Chances Rescue, Andrea became the guardian of three puppies left in the PetSmart parking lot a few years ago.
“A man came up with a case of beer with these four puppies,” Andrea told PAWsitive. “He said he caught her in her garden and he couldn’t catch her mother.”
Andrea took in the cubs and cared for them, although it took her a while to get used to her new home: “They were scared,” Andrea said. They were small and they were afraid” Andrea also had another rescue pet in her care: an eighty-year-old sulcata tortoise named Goliath.The old tortoise and the young cubs seem like an odd couple, but Andrea soon discovered a connection between her rescue dogs.
One day Andrea realized that one of the puppies was missing. She panicked … but she soon found out that the dog was hiding in Goliath’s stable. He soon realized that all the cubs loved to cuddle with their turtle friend, and it seemed to give the frightened pups a sense of protection.
“They seemed to find a sense of security with Goliath,” Andrea said. “I found her huddled around Goliath during the day.” He not only helped the cubs, he also helped Goliath.
Andrea says the turtle likes attention and touch, but most dogs “are afraid of it and ignore it.” Obviously the cubs saw things differently and the tortoise was happy to finally have company: “I think he was excited, I think he loved it.”