Meet Hoss, the Labrador, who has a very cute friend, Jack the squirrel. One of Jack’s favorite places to sit is on top of his doggie-buddy’s head.
Ryan Sansone and his fiancee Hillary Ducote own this awesome yellow Lab. Ryan posted the wonderful “doggie-squirrel” photos to Reddit recently.
This is how squirrel and Labrador became friends.
Sansone explained that Hoss brought home two orphaned baby squirrels, Jack and his Jill, about three weeks earlier. The squirrels eye’s were closed indicating that they were still really young, probably only a few days old. Sadly, Jill didn’t make it, but Jack survived. The couple feed him on formula with a syringe. In a few weeks when he’s big and well enough, Jack’ll be eased back into the wild.
“I’m building a cage for him this weekend that he’ll be introduced to at some point once he’s solely on solid food. It’ll be something in my backyard that will always be open and he can come back if he wants.”
Sansone, who lives in Alabama, told The Huffington Post that Hoss is a certified therapy dog who, among his other good deeds, sits with kids at public libraries while they read out loud “as a way to build their confidence. Hoss will even be in a children’s play next month.”
Ducote is a dog trainer who has also spent a lot of time taking care of injured wildlife.
Jack is not this Labrador’s first baby animal buddy and rescue. Here’s his earlier friend Rocky the raccoon, who also apparently thinks his head is a really cool spot to sit on.
“People were always dropping off baby squirrels, raccoons, kittens and anything else that couldn’t be cared for,” said Sansone. “We don’t go in search of these animals, they always have a way of finding us. We are here to help them survive until they can be on their own.”
Hoss seems to consider it his mission to help these animals, too. “We bought a pre-release cage that Jack has been introduced to. Hoss has sat patiently in front of the cage, waiting for Jack to come out or making sure Jack is OK,” Sansone said. “He’s a very special dog that has brought joy to children, elderly, orphaned babies and, of course, us.”