You are never given the dog you want, but the dog you need.

An Unlikely Friendship

Hello everyone! Hopefully, you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Days and maybe even got to catch a glimpse of the Westminster Dog Show that wrapped up last night! I’m a little sad I didn’t get to see it (yay for not having real tv!), but I’ve always got the chance to check it out online. So this is a delayed story, but it’s a sweet one nonetheless.

At the Kisma Preserve in the Mt. Desert area of Main, the staff was surprised with the arrival of a wolf pup. Born to a mother who was not yet fully matured, the staff was at a loss as to what to do with the small pup. The mother didn’t show any aggression towards her baby, she just had no interest towards something she had no idea what to do with.

One of the staff members decided to take the newborn home with her, eyes still shut and all, in order to make sure she got fed and cared for. It was her young Rottweiler, Ulrok, who ended up taking the most care of the new visitor. The second she walked through the door with the pup, Ulrok showed an immediate interest. After realizing that her dog and the pup were quickly bonding to one another, the staff member allowed the young pup and dog to cuddle together on Ulrok’s bed.

While the pup still showed her heritage at meal times, growling at the larger dog, the two never fought over the food. With some amusement, the staff member commented on the fact that “here was this little five pound pup growling at a 120 pound dog, and he’d just back off and let her eat.”

As soon as was possible, once the pup’s eyes had begun to open and she could eat solid food, she was introduced to Morticia. Morticia was an elderly female wolf at the Preserve who had been living alone for years. The two bonded right from the start and have been living together since.

Ulrok, on the other hand, has lent his parental nature to a wide variety of creatures at the Preserve. He’s played parent to baby tigers, gibbons, and even an injured leopard tortoise.

Most people would be surprised to hear that a Rottweiler was the one who has played daddy to so many creatures, but in all honesty, I’m not. All the Rotties and mixes with that breed in them that I’ve ever met have been some of the sweetest, most gentle mannered dogs out there. So for me, the fact that Ulrok has done so over the years is no big surprise. It is a very sweet story to read about however and one I’m happy to have shared with you.

If you would like to read more stories like this or read the full story of this tale, check out Jennifer S. Holland’s bestseller, Unlikely Friendships. Her book is filled with wonderful stories like this and each is as inspiring and as endearing as the last.

Photo credits: BARCROFT/FAME

No one can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog.
A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.

Gene Hill


One response

  1. The Recycled Dogs

    Great Story!

    February 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

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