Geraldine, a rescued goose has become best friends with Rex, a German Shepherd Dog with a troubled past. Geraldine, was introduced to Rex shortly after she arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue. It was a huge surprise to the refuge’s manager when the pair developed an unlikely friendship.
“At first we thought he [Rex] was chasing her [Geraldine] and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that, they just fell for each other,” Sheila Brislin, who runs the shelter in Somerset, England, said of the dog and goose’s first encounter.
The 11-year-old Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue eight years ago after he was rescued from a junkyard where he was tethered on a chain. He had bitten the workers at his previous shelter and required two people to feed him safely. At the time, he was considered too dangerous and was scheduled to be put down, but instead he was saved and sent to Puriton.
Soon after Geraldine arrived, Rex calmed down dramatically reports the Mirror UK. Now the friends spend all day with one another. Rex often affectionately gives Geraldine licks and kisses, and Geraldine snuggles next to him.
Sheila says that she’s been rescuing animals for 16 years and has never seen anything like their unusual friendship. “They snuggle down together and Rex puts his leg over her to protect her. In the morning they have breakfast together. It’s really sweet to see them.”
This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in each other’s healing. It takes loving patience that is willing to stand strong against rejection. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend doesn’t walk away from those in need.