Thursday, August 9, 2007

Strange animal friends

Dog_fish_friendsChino and Falstaff

Chino is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever with fuzzy paws, and Falstaff is a 15-inch orange and black koi who likes to nibble on fuzzy paws.

The two have been fast friends for three years now, according to Mary and Dan Heath of Medford, Oregon. When Chino lies down with his nose an inch from the water, Falstaff eagerly swims up to the dog, sometimes playfully nibbling on the pooch’s paws.

Ms. Heath describes how their pooch reacted to the small pond in the back yard of their new house: “Chino just got real fascinated. He would lie there on the rocks and just watch the fish. This is one of the few things that’ll get him to wag his tail.”

Finnegan the Squirrel

Squirrel-dog5Finnegan the squirrel was found injured and malnourished in the Seattle area in September 2005, when he was only a few days old. He was brought to Debby Cantlon, who had a reputation for taking in sick and injured animals. Ms. Cantlon reported that her pregnant Papillon dog, Mademoiselle Giselle, repeatedly dragged the kennel in which Finnegan was being cared for across the house and deposited it next to her own doggie bed. After Mademoiselle Giselle gave birth to her pups, she continued to care for Finnegan, even allowing him to nurse with her own. More details (and a lot more pics!) of this canine-rodent love-nest can be found here.

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