Traumatised Dog Who Was Attacked Overcomes Anxiety With The Help Of His New Best Friend
Our fragile hungover selves weren't quite ready for this heartwarming doggy story today, but here goes.
It tells of Arnold, a Weimaraner from Perth, Australia, who was mauled by a German Shepherd outside his home when he was just a small puppy.
Having already been suffering with separation anxiety after being separated from his mother, the ordeal left Arnold traumatised. He was left absolutely terrified of other dogs, and became skittish and scared particularly around larger and louder ones.
His owner, Carolyn Manalis, realised that something had to be done and so she decided to get Arnold a support dog of his own.
Along came Frank, a miniature Dachshund whose tiny size Carolyn hoped wouldn't be intimidating to large Arnold.
Before long, the pair became thick as thieves and Arnold's anxieties soon began to subside as long as he knew Frank was by his side. Sob.
"Frank has helped Arnold regain his confidence to be able to play and wrestle, whilst learning that this doesn't always mean he's going to get hurt or attacked," says owner Carolyn.
"Having a little friend to play with has been the perfect therapy for Arnold to heal."
The dog owner says that while Frank has helped Arnold become more independent, equally, Arnold has taken on a parenting role with Frank, who follows by his example.
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"We swear Frank thinks Arnold is his Dad," says Carolyn. "Being the second child, he definitely didn't get as much training and attention as the first.
"Most of what he has learnt, he has learnt from Arnold.
"Frank copies everything Arnold does, to the point where if Arnold barks or makes a sound, Frank will mimic it directly after, almost like a parrot!"
She continued: "Arnold taught Frank how to be house trained, how to bark at intruders, how to chase a ball, how to stand and wait to have his collar and leash put on, how to sit and wait before crossing the road. Everywhere Arnold walks, Frank will follow.
"The bond these two dogs have is just insanely beautiful.
"They are so connected and loving and supportive of one another.
"If one ever cries, the other one is there in half a second to check they're okay. Their love is unconditional, regardless of their size or breed.
"The love they also provide to us is just something you can't get from humans.
"They are so affectionate and full of joy and just make our lives whole."
Friendship goals or what?
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