A dog’s bigger prefrontal cortex, when compared to most other mammals, allows them to be more prone to caring. It was recently put to the test through a Goldendoodle canine.
The dog’s owner got a sense of what was happening, only when spotting the pooch over 70 meters into the lake. Not only that, it was pulling on what looked like another animal. Once they got closer, it became clear that the canine was trying to rescue a helpless fawn.
No one seemed to notice at first why it happened. But this dog wasn’t gonna wait to be told what to do. It saw something that needed help, & right in it went to help out. It was about 200 yards of doggie paddle (now you know).
Side to side all the way back out of the water. As it got closer to shore, the dog now sensing its owner there ready to help, allowed the caretaker to get the baby deer up from that part of the tricky shore. But once safely back in ‘terra firme’ the pooch didn’t feel its duty accomplished.
Its social animal instinct still kicking into action, it went the proverbial extra mile by using its tongue to try to take water outta the deer’s fur. It just wouldn’t leave the fawn. Stroking its body, muzzling it; whatever it thought would seemingly take for making sure the deer would be reassured it was now safe.
As if waiting for what was gonna happen, the mother materialized a little after seeing its kid now onshore. The dog’s owner took that as his cue to take the hero dog back inside their close-by house. As if to show respect for what was done, the mother deer stood by without leaving until they were alone.
Then came the next day. It was early enough to recognize something wasn’t right. The dog was hurriedly going from place to place inside the house where it could look out. Once the owner opened the door, they heard it.
It was the sound of the just saved ‘Bambi, seemingly again calling for help. The fawn was just inside the protection of where the woods start. Once its savior dog reached it, the deer-crying stopped. Their noses touched, then after sniffing each other, the pooch’s body language seemed to say it’s finally done.
The dog got back toward the house with a calm demeanor. The baby deer also saw the encounter as being enough for it to calm down. Both mom & fawn hanged around the area throughout the day. As daylight started to fade, that’s when they decided to go deeper into the woods.
That was the last they saw of them. It was as if the deer was instinctually drawn to go back to reconnect with the animal that had given it, as it were, a second lease in life; & then thank it in their own way.
This hero dog might’ve gotten an edge of compassion from other average canines, due to its role as a certified therapy pooch. At home with the elderly as well as with children. Even having as best friends the family cat.
May we all learn as we should from the animals.