Rescue Dog Adopts 13-Day Old Orphaned Colt –
A rescue dog is helping raise an orphaned horse in a relationship so adorable it needs to be made into a Disney film.
Meet Zip. Zip is a 3-year-old Australian cattle dog that lives and works at S&K Quarter Horses in Fayette, Alabama. He’s a little on the chunky side, but he’s just big-boned. He gets plenty of exercise, especially since he’s adopted a 13-day-old colt.
The colt’s story, who has yet to be named, is pretty tragic. Shortly after he was born, his mother became extremely sick to the point where she had to be euthanized. This left the colt heartbroken and owner Karla Swindle very concerned for her new colt’s survival.
That’s where Zip came in. He immediately took a shine to the new colt, and when his mother died, he lay with him the whole night and even cried out for the colt’s mother when the colt was too weak to stand.
Zip, meanwhile, has surprised Karla with how much he’s taken to being with the new colt. “He licks and nuzzles” him and stays by his side constantly, sleeping with the colt at night and laying his head on the colt’s when they rest. She goes on to tell Metro that they share an “amazing” bond and this is the first horse that Zip has ever cared about.
She believes that Zip is trying to ensure that this new colt feels loved, and credits that with his survival.