Having a soft spot for animals means less suffering for stray, abandoned creatures. Taking the initiative to bring forgotten animals to shelters is a good start. So is adopting one and giving it a healthy home where it can thrive.
But apart from stray cats and dogs, you’ll be surprised to know that even large animals need rescuing. Not even their size and surroundings can keep them safe from abusive owners.
While it can be pretty hard to fathom why one would adopt an animal just to mistreat it, it’s easier to grasp that all hope is not lost; there are still compassionate souls who take charge and give abused animals healthy, loving homes.
And once these animals are brought to safer places, it’s incredible to witness the gradual positive changes in temperament and their overall habits.
Just like this happy story of a horse who found a family in Jessica Chemin and her two pets.
The nine-year-old miniature horse was rescued from an abusive home by a kind hearted student.
Named Bon Jovi or Bonnie for short, the horse was adopted four years ago.
“He was named after Bon Jovi because of his wild nature, but after living with us he has calmed down so much and become such a ‘homebody’.”
From living in a miserable home to thriving in a large estate in Cape Town, South Africa, Bonnie is now happily living with Jessica and her French bulldogs, Lola and Nacho.
The animals spend their days playing together, just enjoying the spacious grass-covered yard surrounded with shrubs and trees. More than running around together, the animals have also learned to take care of each other. Sort of.
The 21-year-old pet owner recalls how she couldn’t believe her eyes when she first saw the two dogs taking hold of Bonnie’s reigns and leading the horse outside for a walk.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw Lola and Nacho taking Bonnie for a walk. It really has taken their relationship to the next level as now whenever they see the lead rein being clipped onto Bonnie’s halter, they both want to lead him up to the stables.”
It’s incredible how quickly the dogs learn from Jessica. Her example seems to have influenced them to follow suit and help her care for their rescued friend, Bonnie.
When asked about what it’s like to take care of a variety of animals, the young pet lover shares,
“They all get on so well. I will often find Lola and Nacho down in the garden, lying on the grass while Bonnie grazes nearby. The three of them really seem to have the sweetest kinship and seeing their friendship makes my heart so full.”
Jessica’s kind act and how well she trained her pets shows just how much compassion she holds in her heart for animals. Bonnie is truly blessed to have a family that loves him and cares for him – a far cry from where he once was. Here’s hoping Jessica’s story inspires more people to reach out and help abandoned and abused animals.
Watch the heartwarming video of her two dogs taking the content horse for a walk.
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