“They do everything together,” said Pauline Ashanolla, mom to Marley the rescued fox and Ernie the bulldog.
Its a Disney movie brought to life!
When Pauline Ashanolla rescued the little two-week-old fox, who she named Marley, she wasn’t quite sure how her dogs would react to a sibling from another species.
The abandoned and frightened cub was discovered by the couple who were unable to find a rescue centre that would take the fox.
So Pauline, who was already known to be passionate about helping animals, decided to take care of the little vixen herself and nurse her back to health.
“Marley was so poorly when we found her, she was covered in flies and ticks… She definitely would have died if she’d been found just 15 minutes later.”
“I was worried about Marley at first and how she would get on with the dogs, especially.”
“Ernie was terrified of Marley at first, and she didn’t like him, but she slowly started sleeping closer to him,” Pauline said of the initial interactions between her bulldog Ernie and Marley.
However, the animals started to form a stronger and stronger bond the more time they spent together.
“After I’d had her about three weeks they started playing together,” Ashanolla said. “One day they just started running around together and they have been best friends ever since.”
“They do everything together, they’re inseparable,” she added. “They play with each other all day, they sleep together every night, they go for walks together.”
“Dogs are usually used to hunt foxes, but these two are best friends. It’s like the real-life The Fox and the Hound. Ernie is so gentle and sweet with her, he looks like a little bruiser, but he’s actually a big baby.”
Pauline was so dedicated to helping this poor animal, she even gave up her dream job as a dog groomer to have more time with the rescue.
Eventually, Marley (that’s the name that Pauline has given to the cub) became healthy and turned into a beautiful little fox.
We need more beautiful souls like Pauline!