After a Goldendoodle named Harley rescued the life of a juvenile deer about to drown in the deep waters of the town’s lake, the residents of Culpeper, Virginia in the United States, can attest that heroes come in many forms.
Ralph Dorn was searching the lake behind his house for his beloved 6-year-old dog when, after a few minutes of searching, he noticed it swimming approximately 200 feet from the beach with another animal. Ralph discovered it was a young newborn deer after a few seconds.
Harley guided the fawn to the beach, and once there, Ralph assisted the youngster up a difficult route. Harley proceeded to gently lick the anxious deer’s body after extracting it from the pond and laying it on the lawn.
Ralph explained to People:
“Harley was adamant about not abandoning the fawn. She simply continued talking to him, licking him, and looking after him ».
After a few while, the little boy’s mother emerged on the lawn to check on her baby, and Ralph took Harley home after seeing her. The doe waited until they had left before leaving with her baby.
Something seemed to be disturbing their canine friend the next morning, as the guy and his wife were peacefully having coffee.
“Harley became agitated as he ran from window to window. We could hear the fawn bleat when I opened the front door. Harley dashed to the tree line and discovered the fawn. Harley quietly strolled back into the house with me once the small kid stopped bleating, tail wagging, noses touched, sniffed.”
The deer walked away after that brief reunion, and the baby and his mother were no longer visible at the end of the day. Ralph believes the baby was just a few days old at the time of the event, and he hasn’t seen the mother or her calf since. Harley’s reaction, though, is not surprising to the veteran Marine Corps pilot.
“Even as a puppy, we could see that he had such a kind heart.” With children and animals, he has always been like this. He adores all of them ».