Dog Is Completely Obsessed With Looking After His Tiny Duck
Farley, an Australian shepherd, is known as the "manager" of New Jersey's Funny Farm Rescue.
That's because he's more than just a dog - he's the one who makes it his responsibility to take care of all the other animals at the rescue, no matter how big ...
... or small.
Farley first arrived to the rescue as a foster, given that his original owners were unable to continue caring for him, Laurie Zaleski, founder of the rescue, told The Dodo. However, Zaleski soon realized that she had grown too attached to see Farley anywhere else but at the farm - so it became his permanent home.
With his new forever home, Farley gained a new forever family as well. While he proves to be a good sport with all of the animals at the farm today, that wasn't always the case.
Since the 9-month-old pup is a herding dog, Farley couldn't break that habit right away.
"I had to teach him, 'No, you're not allowed to herd around these animals; these are rescues,'" she said. "They've already been through enough and the last thing they need is a dog herding them."
Rather than view the animals as beings to round up, Farley learned to care for them as siblings.
It didn't take long for him to catch on from there.
Now Farley is not just the most caring dog on the farm, but he's also the most patient.
Zaleski said he's able to put up with a lot. Whether it's baby birds pecking at him or having to get in the middle of a turkey and peacock to prevent a fight, nothing seems to phase him.
Farley seems to be especially good around baby birds and kittens.
There's nothing he enjoys more than cleaning them up with his tongue.
More recently, Farley's remained at the side of a goat named Cowboy who's currently healing from a broken leg, providing the young goat much needed company and comfort.
"He just wants to help everyone," Zaleski said. "He's a sweetheart of a dog. He's in love with people and all animals."
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