Dogs make great surrogate parents. If you have any doubts, just go online – you’re guaranteed to find so many stories of dogs who have willingly taken in abandoned baby animals of all species and raised them as their own. And the fact that dogs often do this, makes us so happy and just reinforces the fact that dogs are kind and gentle creatures that we do not deserve. Seriously, there is no soul on this Earth purer than a dog’s.
And one little baby lamb got lucky when a Dalmatian, Zoe, ended up taking her in.
The little lamb named Dotty was rejected by her mom. Dotty wasn’t your average-looking lamb, she was a mix, a result of cross-breeding between a pure-bred white Dorper ram and a Dorper and Van Rooy ewe. In the end, little Dotty came out speckled.
After she was rejected, her owner, John Bolton’s dog was there for her. Given that Zoe was a Dalmatian, and spotted as well, it was only natural that she took to the little lamb immediately. And that is just what Zoe did – she and Dotty soon became inseparable as John shared just how wonderful of a surrogate mom she was to the little lamb.
He explained, “She’s in season at the moment and [was] sort of feeling that mothering instinct at a time when this lamb was there. So it just seemed to be quite a natural thing for her to pick this up and have something to mother.”
No doubt that Zoe made Dotty feel special and loved after getting rejected by her own mother.
Watch the adorable video of the two below:
I swear, I’m not crying, my eyes are just sweating a little.