Kara Swindley’s rescue dog, Zip, never paid much attention to the horses on the property. Karan told The Dodo: «We raise foals every year, he would just look at them.» But Taye was different.
But then, as if the switch had been turned off, Zip knew he needed it.
There’s mother fell ill immediately after giving birth. Karan stayed by his side and did everything he could to help. But the mother and the baby did not feel well and continued to go down.
The zipper hung around Kara like a well-to-do companion anxiously pursuing her mother and child.
«I spent the night in the barn taking care of my mother’s horse, hoping I could pull her in,» said Karan.
«Zip stayed with me all night in the alley of the barn, the foal was lying in the alley, he lay there next to the foal.»
«He was whining,» Karan added. «You could say Zip knew something was wrong that night.»
Then, the next morning, Taye’s mother died. At that moment, Zip decided not to leave the foal. «It seemed to me that the foal knew that the dog was trying to help him, which is so sweet.»
Zip decided to stay as close to Thai as possible. When it came time to bottle-feed Thai, Zip wanted to help.
«Every time I went up to the barn, Zip ran to the kiosk, stood in front of the kiosk and waited for me to get there,» said Karan. «Every time he beat me in the barn.»
«As soon as I opened the door, he knocked me down before I could enter,» he added. «If the foal was lying down, he would go there and lay his head on it.»
Zip is really amazing. As time went on, Thai continued to grow.
This happy, well-adjusted horse is where he is today, thanks to his surrogate dog father. Quite incredible stuff. Click on the video to learn more about this expensive duo.