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German Shepherd Cares for Orphaned and Injured Fawn

german shepherd and injured fawn
Photo Credit: Cheryl Stephen

The German Shepherd dog is one of the most popular and intelligent breeds. Well-known for their beauty, loyalty, and working abilities, a German Shepherd named Sarge has become famous for his sensitive caretaking skills.

Sarge, a 9-year-old German Shepherd, lives in Ohio, surrounded by nature. The woods around Sarge’s residence are home to all kinds of wildlife, particularly deer. Sarge was living a pretty everyday life until everything suddenly changed when his mom brought home an orphaned fawn, she named Buckwheat.

When Cheryl Stephen decided to bring home an orphaned fawn, she found lying in the middle of the road; she wasn’t sure how Sarge would react. However, to her surprise, Sarge instantly stepped in to become a temporary babysitter for the deer.

german shepherd with injured fawn

Photo Credit: Cheryl Stephen

In an interview with The Dodo, Cheryl Stephen, Sarge’s mom, said;

“Something clicked in Sarge, and he took to Buckwheat instantly,” “He wanted to be involved with every aspect of Buckwheat’s care.” “He took on the role of being Buckwheat’s guardian,” she added. “None of the other dogs were allowed near the baby.”

And Buckwheat was more than happy to accept Sarge as his surrogate father. As the fawn learned to use his wobbly legs, Sarge patiently moved at the baby’s pace, encouraging him to explore while keeping him out of any danger.

Eventually, Sarge had to say goodbye when it was time for Buckwheat to be released back into the wild to live his life — but that wasn’t the end of his deer-raising days.

Sarge’s exceptional rehabilitation skills became the talk of the town and Sarge’s mom Cheryl was the go-to-person anytime someone came across an orphaned or injured deer.

After Cheryl discovered Sarge’s compassionate side, she has started regularly introducing him to animals who have come upon hard times. These are often fawns, or baby deer, who have found themselves in need of extra care.

Caring for orphaned and injured fawns have become Sarge’s job.

German Shepherd with injured fawn

Photo Credit: Cheryl Stephen

Cheryl praised Sarge for his protective qualities, saying,

“When I walk in the door carrying a fawn, Sarge springs into action,” “He wants to check them over, and he will frantically sniff and nose around to determine their condition. The fawns are drawn to Sarge and feel safe in his presence. Sarge won’t leave their side.”

“I hope that these pictures will help others see just how loving and affectionate deer are. They have a soul, just like us humans. If a dog can love and care for deer, people can, too.” Stephen told The Dodo.

See more pictures of Sarge and friends on IG @buckys_porch



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