German Shepherd Makes the Best Pillow for Orphaned Fawns
Imagine a world without dogs... you can't, can you? And if you can, well then there's something seriously wrong. While the world is going through the most movie-like pandemic, we can count on our K9 companions to bring a little sunshine. Keep scrolling for the adorable video of two very unlikely friends...
Contrary to John Lennon's belief, dogs are all you need.
And it’s not hard to see why these furry companions are so well-loved…
They are the most loyal of companions...
And having a dog in the household is the thing that can truly complete a family.
But believe it or not...
Dogs can prove to be not only faithful companions, but they can also be extremely hard workers.
Dogs can apply for a whole range of jobs...
But of course, a dog must start training from a puppy if they are to spend their lives working.
A dog's job opportunities can vary widely...
There are, of course, police dogs who work alongside police officers to help keep communities in order.
There are sniffer dogs...
Who work tirelessly with their incredible senses to detect drugs and other illegal substances.
And there are service dogs.
A puppy can be trained to work as a service dog, which is a dog who works to serve and assist the disadvantaged or disabled – such as blind people, deaf people, or those who suffer from seizures.
I bet you've never seen a service dog for other animals?
Just like us, dogs want a purpose. Being given a job keeps them happy, and mentally healthy.
Which is just what Sarge needed.
As a puppy, he was known to bite toes, chase his siblings around, and just be a general grump.
The now 9-year-old German Shephard has found his purpose.
That predictable puppy behavior came to an end when his mom brought home the most unexpected guest.
Everything changed when Cheryl Stephen found a fawn lying in the road.
The mother had clearly abandoned it, so Cheryl took it upon herself to give “Buckwheat” a home. You can tell by the adorable video that Sarge was more than happy about this new arrangement!
It launched a newfound purpose within the pup.
“Something clicked in Sarge and he took to Buckwheat instantly,” said Cheryl. “He wanted to be involved with every aspect of Buckwheat’s care.”
Sarge became the most unlikely parent.
“He took on the role of being Buckwheat’s guardian,” she added. “None of the other dogs were allowed near the baby.”
Buckwheat took to Sarge immediately.
You’d think that a little fawn might be intimidated by a large dog, but Buckwheat was just glad to have a companion who made him feel safe.
Sarge stayed patiently by his side.
With every baby step, he was there to guide him, encouraging him to explore, while always keeping him out of harm’s way. The pair just couldn’t be cuter, the video shows what a deep bond they both had.
Cheryl was surprised by the bond.
“When we’d take Buckwheat outdoors, Sarge walked alongside him and kept him from wandering,” Cheryl said. “As Buckwheat grew and began venturing out on his own a little more, we would have Sarge go find him and bring him back home.”
Sadly the time came for Buckwheat to be released.
But it didn’t take long for the story to go viral, causing Cheryl’s phone to ring off the hook from people who’d found injured or orphaned fawns.
It has given Sarge a new lease of life.
“When I walk in the door carrying a fawn, Sarge springs into action. He wants to check them over and he will frantically sniff and nose around to determine their condition,” Cheryl said. “The fawns are drawn to Sarge and feel safe in his presence. Sarge won’t leave their side.”
Sadly not all the fawns make it, which is hard for Sarge to deal with.
“He grieves for days, with his head hung low and won’t eat,” Cheryl said. “He has laid on the graves of his beloved fawns and refused to come inside.” I’ve never heard something so heartbreaking. It’s easy to see from the video, the love Sarge has for the fawn’s is unbreakable.
The hard times never stop Sarge from being the best step-dad he can be!
It’s in dark times like these that animals really do teach us how to be better people. Keep scrolling for some serious puppy power…
Matthew McConaughey has been well and truly been stepping up during this pandemic crisis.
While millions of us remain in quarantine as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic, the actor has decided to help out those who are less fortunate than himself.
But firstly, let's rewind a few years.
Matthew is best known for being one of Hollywood’s most loved actors and he has graced our screens since the 1990s.
He has made quite a name for himself...
He has starred and co-starred in movies such as How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), Magic Mike (2012), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) which have all demonstrated how he is such a versatile actor.
But alongside his talents on-screen...
Matthew is also known for being a generous and compassionate person.
And his most recent acts have certainly shown that...
We are all more than aware of the global pandemic that we are currently living through.
The virus has now infected more than a million people...
And the death rate is rapidly rising day by day. People are now living in fear and despair, and it’s safe to say that things are getting out of control.
Our elderly residents are by far at the highest risk from the deadly virus.
The virus is considered most dangerous to the elderly and those who suffer from existing health issues – which is a lot of the world’s population.
These people are more likely to suffer from serious, and potentially deadly, health issues as a consequence of the virus.
So it is of the utmost importance that they remain quarantined and away from other people.
Our nursing homes have taken a huge hit during the pandemic...
With many members of staff being unable to come into work, they have been needing all the help they can get.
People have been helping out as best as they can...
And thousands of volunteers have been pitching together to somehow assist their elderly neighbors in any way possible.
And, while most have been helping out in more practical manners...
Others have been focusing more on bringing a simple bit of happiness to the lives of the residents.
Now we introduce Matthew McConaughey's first act of kindness...
The actor wanted to give a little back to the quarantined residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living facility in his home-town of Texas.
While other celebrities of his status have been filming themselves singing and complaining about being isolated in their mansions...
McConaughey decided to use his voice to spread joy in a slightly different, yet more effective way to the others.
He devised together a plan to lift the spirits of those residing at The Enclave...
And what’s more uplifting than a good, old fashioned game of bingo?
The actor, seen here towards the bottom right corner, decided to host a virtual version of the game...
Where residents who were self-isolating in their rooms could all join in via a giant Zoom video call.
Joined by his mom, wife, and 2 children, McConaughey hosted the virtual game...
Where he enthusiastically called out numbers and declared any potential winners.
"We've got an I-24, an I-24..."
As he clarifies the lucky drawn number, 2 residents suddenly shout out “Bingo!”, in which the actor and his family yell in celebration.
It was the most heartwarming moment.
And the look of joy on the residents’ faces was simply undeniable.
And, once their game had finished, the residents had their own words of thanks for the actor...
They wanted to pay tribute to an important message the actor had given to the world last month.
In March, the actor took to Twitter to offer some very wise words regarding the ongoing pandemic.
He reminded everyone that all red lights eventually turn green, saying: “I just want to say, in these crazy times… Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Let’s not go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid. Let’s do our due diligence and take the precautions that we need to, to take care of ourselves and those around us.”
So, as a thank you, the residents decided to hold up their own "green lights."
One of the facility’s workers said: “I wanted to say, from all of us, we want to continue to turn a red light into a green light,” as all the players held up their own green pieces of paper with inspirational messages written on the front.
As they held up their signs, the actor exclaimed loudly...
And sat back in his chair, slowly clapping with a huge smile on his face.
Matthew's kindness has gone such a long way...
And the actor didn’t stop there.
Matthew and his wife, Camila, made a special delivery recently.
The couple has been working closely with Bethenny Frankel‘s disaster relief initiative BStrong to ensure first responders across the United States are getting masks and supplies they need to stay safe throughout this crisis.
They have donated 80,000 face masks to organizations in between Austin and New Orleans.
“Matt and I were able to get approximately 80,000 masks, and it’s a combination of surgical masks and KN95 masks that will be distributed between Austin and New Orleans, where they were getting hit pretty hard as well,” Camila told PEOPLE.
They want to make sure that everyone on the front line is covered...
“It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we’ve got to find ways to help both sides because they’re all on the front line right now and we can’t afford to lose any of them,” she went on to say.
The couple aren't interested in making the most money...
“This is not about raising the hand and saying, ‘Hey, I’ve put this much money in it.’ This is about raising the hand and making people aware that this exists,” Camila explained. “It took me over two weeks to find this cause, so it’s about raising the hand and saying, ‘This exists and guess what? Still time to help.’ And if you can’t help with this, find your own avenue where you can help and feel useful during this time.”
Matthew and Camila went out on Thursday to personally make sure the donated supplies made it to their final destination in Austin, where they live.
Camila posted the video to Instagram, saying: “Our mission is to protect those who protect us, by providing healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and others with approximately 80,000 masks needed to battle the virus. Matthew and I, our friends Bill and Tracey Marshall have teamed up with the organization #BStrong. We are passionate about helping first responders from our hometown Austin – Texas, Louisiana and nationwide as we combat this national pandemic. #thisisacrisis.”
It's refreshing to see a couple who truly care about this cause and making a difference to others...
Rather than boasting about the amount of money they have risen and low-key showing off their wealth – which is what a lot of celebrities have been doing in the last few weeks.
For more on the McConaugheys...
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