Kindness knows no boundaries between species.
Enter Sarge, a 9-year-old German Shepherd who loves to care for those who can’t care for themselves. He wasn’t the friendliest or most loving puppy around and could be considered kind of grumpy but that all changed when his mom brought home an orphaned fawn.
A Dog with a Purpose
Cheryl Stephen found the baby deer, which she named Buckwheat, lying in the road with no sign of his mother. He may have been abandoned or something may have happened to her. One thing is certain: the deer would not have survived lying in the road.
The fawn’s mother was never located and the baby couldn’t have survived without her. Thanks to Sarge’s mom, the tiny fawn found a safe place to grow and thrive.
What was surprising was how quickly Sarge stepped up and took to Buckwheat. According to Cheryl, he was determined to be involved with all aspects of Buckwheat’s rehabilitation and care. He took over as guardian, refusing to allow any of the other dogs near the tiny deer.
Sarge stayed with him as Buckwheat explored the world, learning to use his wobbly legs and exploring the world around him. As the deer ventured forth more and more, Sarge would go find him and bring him home, until finally he was released back into the wild.
It Happens Every Spring
Since then, Sarge has taken on the continued care of other orphaned and injured wild fawns. He has made it his job to give the animals lots of love. No matter what, he is always happy to help.
As soon as Cheryl brings another orphaned fawn home, Sarge leaps into “guardian mode”. He checks them over completely, furiously nosing around to ascertain their condition. It’s obvious that the fawns feel safe in his company because they are quickly drawn to him. On his part, he doesn’t leave their side.
Not all the stories have a happy ending. Some of the fawns don’t make it, and Sarge grieves for them. As Cheryl reported to The Dodo, “He has laid on the graves of his beloved fawns and refused to come inside.”
Yet, he’s always eager when another little deer is brought home. News of Cheryl’s success raising fawns got around, so every spring new babies arrive, giving Sarge another opportunity to take them under his wing.
Learning about caring and thriving
Sarge is a marvelous dog. As shown in the pictures below, there is much caring between these two species. It shows that different species can thrive when working together for a better planet. We could learn lessons from Sarge, lessons about caring, supporting and loving those who are at a less fortunate time in their life.