Tye lost his mother nine days after he was born. This baby foal was all alone until Zip; the Australian Cattle Dog showed up.

Karla Swindle, Zip’s mom, stated:

“We raise foals every year, and he would kind of look in the door and just look at them.”

Until one night, Tye’s mother starts to grow sick soon after his birth. They did many treatments, but nothing seemed to work. They knew they had to say goodbye to the mother. So, Swindle decided to stay there on her last breath and Zip held by his owner’s side.

Dog rest by foal side

“I spent the night at the barn taking care of the mama horse, hoping that I could pull her through,” Swindle said. “Zip stayed with me in the alley of the barn all night — the foal was laying in the alley, and he just lay there beside the foal.”

“He was whining,” Swindle added. “You could tell that Zip knew something was wrong that night.

The next day, the baby horse had to say goodbye to his mom and got all alone.

Seeing this, 5-year-old doggie couldn’t help himself. He knew his support was needed. And, decided to stay by the baby’s side as if he vowed to take care of him. This family has other horses as well; however, Zip cared only about Tye.

He kept comforting and giving Tye the company he needed. Tye seems to like seeing Zip around. He was calm and happy when the Cattle Dog was with him.

Swindle said:

“It seemed to me that the foal knew that the dog was trying to help him which is so sweet.”

Zip Tye Together

Zip didn’t leave Tye’s side for six weeks. Whenever it was Tye’s feeding time, Zip would rush to his place to greet him first.

Swindle chuckled:

“Every time I would take off to the barn, Zip would run to the stall, and stand in front of the stall and wait for me to get there. He would beat me to the barn every time.
As soon as I opened the door, he would about knock me down before I could get in there. If the foal was laying down, he would go over there and lay his head on him.”

Zip Tye Together

Now, Tye has grown up to a healthy young horse under the care of his loving doggy dad.

Now, Zip stays a little far from Tye. He knows the foal needs some space. Tye spends most of his days with his sister learning about the ins and outs to be a horse. Zip stopped running for his little foal on his lunch hour.

“The foal is a little rough now,” Swindle said, “raring up, trying to play, so Zip kind of stays away from him now.”

But their love for each other is still the same.

“You could tell that when the foal needed Zip, Zip was there for him,” Swindle said. “And now Zip knows that the foal is OK, so they kind of went their separate ways.”


Now, Zip has another baby to take care. Swindle’s granddaughter.

“He loves my granddaughter,” Swindle said. “Whenever she comes over here, he goes directly to her. He treats her like he did the foal. He just loves to be around her.”

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