In perhaps one of the least expected friendships in the animal kingdom, this Jack Russell is probably the only dog in the world who can not only ride a horse, not only bareback, but also without a bridle!
Meet Dally and Spanky, one of the cutest animal friendships we’ve seen!
Spanky is a 10 year old miniature rescue horse, and his best friend is 9 year old jack russell Dally! They’ve been friends for several years at their ranch in Spokane, Washington.
One day, simply out of curiosity, their owner Francesca Carson decided to see what would happen if she put Dally on Spanky’s back, and the response from both of the duo was incredible.
Something she never expected to happen, happened.
The pair begun to walk, run, and jump together. Dally was really riding Spanky!
“It’s really special to see the trust they have between each other – it’s remarkable for a horse to allow a dog to jump on him whenever he wants,” she said.
The famous duo now have over 10,000 followers on Instagram, and 20,000 fans on Facebook!
Owner Francesca travels the country, teaching people how to create and maintain positive relationships with their horses.
She now also does charity events and shows with Dally and Spanky!
“It helps kids understand horses and dogs and promotes rescuing animals that are unwanted,” she added.
The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland held, what they called a “Guisachan Golden Gathering” (how very posh!), to celebrate the founding of the Golden Retriever breed 150 years ago!
The breed is believed to have first been created at the Guisachan House in Scotland in 1868, after a breeding experiment by ‘Lord Tweedmouth’. Yes really. According to the friends of the Guisachan house, the breed begun by mix-breeding a Tweed Water Spaniel and a Wavy Coated Retriever.
Last Thursday, over 350 golden retrievers and their families gathered in the Scottish Highlands to celebrate the special anniversary.
Golden retrievers are make very good police and hunting helpers, as well as rescuers. This is because they have a very high tolerance to pain and can tolerate injuries other breeds couldn’t.
At the event, the excited puppers were counted one by one, going through a human tunnel.
Retrievers thick luxurious fur is thanks to the dual-layers. The inner layer is to keep warm, whilst the outer layer is waterproof!
“Waiting for their grandma to drop some food – one of my fave pics from yesterday,” said Ashleigh Baird on Instagram, who runs the golden_chewbacca account.
“Had a wonderful day yesterday and met so many people from all over the world with their beautiful goldens!” another guest at the party, Katherine Macfarlane, wrote on Facebook.
For this lucky boy, it was a very special day! Not only did he win best veteran in show, he also won best in show.
We love how happy they all look, and how much they are clearly enjoying the day.
“The celebrations are over but what a party it has been,” Jean Griggs added. “Sincere thanks to the committee for making this whole experience possible and thanks also to so many people from far and wide for being such fun. I think we all did our beautiful breed and their ancestral home proud; the house and its ghosts can now return to normal …. until we meet again.”
Meet Phil, an Alaskan Malamute, who has built up quite the following online over the past couple of years! With over 350,000 Instagram followers watching his every move, we have seen a lot of progress in his owner’s lives through him.
This is Phil.
When the dog’s owners got married, they made Phil best man, and their other malamute the maid of honour, it was too cute!
As you can tell, neither of them are afraid of the camera!
They even made it onto the cake as figurines.
But now, it’s Phil’s turn to find love, and his owner’s have created the best Tinder page we’ve ever seen!
In his photo, Phil looks dapper all made up in his tie and collar. He’s searching within Los Angeles, as well as Boston, so hopefully he manages to ‘fetch’ the perfect companion.
Credit: lifewithmalamutesLet’s count down the funniest conversations people had with ‘Phil’ on Tinder, they’re amazing:
Most chickens don’t like water. But then again most chickens aren’t pets. Sammi is unique, a one of a kind chicken!
Dave Cox and his pet chicken Sammi are the best of friends, they take road trips every weekend and document this on Instagram!
But it’s a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, story.
If you follow the unusual duo on Instagram, you will see photos of all the trips they go on all across the United States. They’ve been to New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, Houston, Vegas, and more!
Her favourite place to visit however.. is the beach.
“She would swim out and circle me,” said Cox. “She was totally chill. She just kind of took to it.”
Sometimes Cox also shares videos! Including many of him and Sammi taking a morning swim in Tampa, Florida.
When Cox met Sammi, it wasn’t long after he had lost his best friend of 17 years. A blue heeler dog named Cort. Upon his dog dying, Cox became depressed and didn’t think he would ever have that type of bond with an animal again.
“I never thought I would feel about a chicken the way you would your dog,” Cox said.
Cox takes Sammi the chicken absolutely everywhere along with him, even every day things like shopping at the supermarket.
“I just enjoy having her with me,” he said. “I love this little girl.”
Ok, so friday night is Fiance’s D&D night, and since I’m bushed by the end of the week, so I usually go get a pizza and spend the night watching murder mysteries and writing trashy fiction with Charlie.
This is Charlie:
So last month I take him with me to get pizza, and for funsies, we walk around the shopping center and pass by this specialty butcher/fishmonger place. I stuck my head in the door to see what they had becuase you don’t bring your dog into places without permission.
“Hi! I just wanted to see what you have on offer her-”
“OH MY GOD CAN I GIVE YOUR DOG A BONE?” Yells the lady inside. We come in and suddenly my little brat is The World’s Most Perfect Angel ™ because there is steak on offer and does his best doe-eyed begging at her and the rest of the staff and was all around very charming. He got a beef bone (raw, which is safe for dogs as long as they’re supervised whilst chewing and you toss it if it starts to get gross, I asked the vet) and fussed over and all in all it was a very good time.
Friday, I go back for my semi-weekly pizza, pop in to say Hi, and the nice lady that runs the shop asks “WHERE’S CHARLIE?” and I explain that he’s staying with my parents for finals, we talk about her dog, we talk about school, we talk about the crap job market and I mention that I had a passing knowledge of butchering technique and still had my food handler’s permit.
“Look, my apprentice is leaving in February.” She says. “If you get your permit re-upped by then you can have his job. But you also have to bring Charlie.”
So, uh… Yeah, starting next week I have an apprentice butchering job? Because my dog is cute?
Animals go through tough times as well as humans, and it may be tough for them to get help, but this story shows that magic really can happen in the animal kingdom.
Bonnie was only 4-months old when she fled into the woods. When news of her disappearance spread around the upstate New York town where she lived, its residents quickly became divided between those who wanted to save her and those who wanted to hunt her.
The scared calf escaped after she had just seen her family and herd-mates get rounded up for slaughter.
Aside from a few quick glimpses, the “babe in the woods” remained hidden.
That is, until hunters started picking her up on wildlife cameras. And what they saw truly amazed them.
Shockingly, Bonnie had been taken in by a herd of deer!
“Since she had lost her first family (and cattle are herd animals), the deer helped Bonnie survive and accepted her as their own — eating, sleeping and running together!” Meredith Turner-Smith, media relations specialist for Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. “Like a deer, this ‘bovine Bambi’ would disappear into the forest whenever people appeared.”
It ended up taking multiple attempts for rescuers to finally get Bonnie to come to the sanctuary.
Now, she is surrounded by caring humans and rescued cattle just like her.