Farley, a rescue American shepherd, expresseda very strong instinct to herd. Upon arrival, he spent every day trying to herd all of the shelter’s different rescue animals.
This behavior began to really worry Laurie Zaleski, the rescue’s founder, as most all ofher shelter’s otheranimal inhabitants couldn’t handle Farley’sconstant badgering. However, in time, Zaleski who eventually adopted Farley devised a plan to help this incredibly loving dog renegotiate his herding instinct.
Instead of entirely dissuading his herding, she instead beganencouraging him to check in on each of the shelter’s animals as if they were his siblings. He learned to truly care for his new animal siblings, a skill that proved quite useful in recent months when a new little goat found his way to the rescue.
Cowboy the goat arrived at Funny Farm Rescue sporting a painfully broken leg. Farley immediately gravitated toward little Cowboy and is now playing a central role in his recovery.
Keep scrolling to learn how this dog helped nurse his newest goat best friendthrough recovery.
When Farley, a rescue American shepherd abandoned by his original owners, arrived at Funny Farm Rescue,he had one pesky habit he just couldn’t kick.
As a shepherd, Farley instinctually herded other animals.
However, his new home was filled with other rescues healing from their own physical and emotional traumas. Herding wasn’t necessarily something these other animalscould really deal with day after day.
As Laurie Zaleski, founder of Funny Farm Rescue told the Dodo, “I had to teach him, ‘No, you’re not allowed to herd around these animals; these are rescues.’
“They’ve already been through enough and the last thing they need is a dog herding them.”
Try as he might, though, he couldn’t shake his instinct.
So, instead of trying to keep fighting nature, Zaleski switched training tactics.
She began encouraging Farley to care for his new siblings instead of simply rounding them up. In time, he grew to be the most devoted member of Funny Farm Rescue’s team.
The rescue wrote on Facebook of Farley, “He’s been nicknamed ‘Funny Farm Manager’ since nothing happens at the farm that he doesn’t know about.
“He specializes in making all the newest animals feel right at home and giving kisses! Such a happy boy.”
Farley began forming beautiful friendships with every animal and human at the rescue.
As Zaleski told the Dodo, “He just wants to help everyone.He’s a sweetheart of a dog. He’s in love with people and all animals.”
For the most part,Farley has shared his devotion fairly equally with all his different Funny Farm friends.
However, recently, one particularly special friend hobbled his way into Farley and the rescue farm’s lives, and hasslowly but surely beganpullingFarley’s full focus.
Little Cowboy the goat arrived at Funny Farm Rescue pained by a broken leg.
While at first, vets and Cowboy’s rescuers believed they’d be able to heal his leg through surgery, his tests soon proved otherwise.
After various rounds of evaluation, the vet confirmed that Cowboy’s broken leg had incurred a bit of nerve damage.
This nerve damage deterred them from re-breaking and resetting this poor little goat’s leg, in fear that the procedure would cause more damage than it would cure.
Instead, the vet opted to let Cowboy’s leg be and see how time would naturally choose to heal the wound.
Cowboy returned to the rescue, ready to brave his pain, and heal.
The rescue farm wrote of Cowboy on Facebook, “He has captured the hearts of people all across the country.
“He’s the most loving, adorable, affectionate baby goat we’ve ever seen. We all love him so much!”
Amidst this ordeal, Cowboy has made a true friend in Farley.
Farley even accompanied his newest pal, Cowboy, to the vet the day of his examination.
Farley has completely taken to Cowboy, showering him with attention and affection while Cowboy’swounds heal.
Funny Farm Rescue wrote of their friendship on Facebook, “Farley is making sure Cowboy doesn’t use his leg too much while its healing. They really are best friends.”
This adorable rescue dog has found a forever home where he can use hisherding instincts to care for other animals, and gleefully lives his mission each and every day.
What do you think of this dog and goat’s adorable friendship? Has your pet ever befriended other animals? Tell us about their friendships in the comments below.