An unusual bond formed between two unlikely animals on a British Columbia farm after a dog adopted a little piglet.
Farm owner Richard Quiring said that the young piglet, named Sophie, was taken in after she became too weak to fight for her mother’s milk. Only a few days later, Sophie formed a strong bond with Quiring’s German Shepard, Duke. Sophie, one of 12 piglets, was nursed back to health and has been close with Duke ever since.
“Sophie has the run of the yard,” Quiring said. "She doesn’t go to the pasture where the other pigs are; she just stays in the yard and hangs out with Duke and enjoys her freedom and the sun."
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The farmer said Sophie was saved from ultimately becoming a part of the farm’s pork program, and will instead be kept as a breeding mother.
“Very few are kept back as breeding stock, but for her it was an obvious choice,” he said. "Whether she was a boy or a girl, once she became part of the family, she separated herself in terms of her status around here."