Watch this dog take a walk on a groundhog on a NE lake
Golden Retriever and Woodchuck become instant friends
You won’t believe this one. A swim-loving Golden Retriever named Wally was swimming at Hickory Hills Lake in Luneburg when he suddenly made a new friend who decided to take the easy route to shore by riding Wally’s back according to wcvb.com. The groundhog decided to hitchhike on Wally’s back and Wally seemed very unfazed by the whole experience. After the duo returned to shore, they touched their noses to say goodbye. Sounds a lot like a children’s book idea, doesn’t it?
Why would this never happen with my dog
I have owned Golden Retrievers most of my adult life. My first daughter, Savannah, unfortunately crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 9 years ago. She was a friendly and adorable walleye who loved to swim. My current golden is a custard and doesn’t like water but likes snow. My rescue dog, Buddy is partly a border collie, partly who knows what, but I can tell you this. He wouldn’t be nice to the groundhog. Buddy gets along very well with cats but is very aggressive towards groundhogs. He lives with my daughter in New Jersey and most of his neighbors have groundhog problems but she doesn’t. Buddy sent them all to heaven.
Wally is a good sportsman
I loved this story about the wild and spontaneous interaction between these two creatures. I wonder what Wally was thinking. And I wonder about the groundhog? Was the groundhog like “wow I saw creatures like this on earth but swimming? Means he’s like one of us, let me hitchhike. I love Russell’s comment to wcvb.com “He came back to the island, jumped off her back and ran away, and they gave each other a little kiss goodbye.” If only we could forget our differences and get along like Wally and the Groundhog.
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