Dogs are undoubtedly some of the most caring creatures in the world. Their big hearts make them truly a blessing to have in our lives. Some dogs shine when they’re given a job. And that’s just what happened to Sarge when he started caring for those who needed it most. As a puppy, the now 9-year-old German shepherd dog was a bit of a grump, biting toes and chasing his siblings around the house. But everything changed when his mom brought home an orphaned fawn, named Buckwheat, found lying in the middle of the road.
“Something clicked in Sarge and he took to Buckwheat instantly,” said Cheryl Stephen, Sarge’s mom. “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.” When Buckwheat arrived, Sarge simply hired himself as the deer’s babysitter. And Buckwheat was grateful to have a companion who made him feel safe. It was almost as if Sarge had taken it upon himself to become Buckwheat’s adoptive parent. He noticed how vulnerable the little fawn was and just wanted to protect him. Over time, with the help of his caring companion, Buckwheat started to become stronger. “When we’d take Buckwheat outdoors, Sarge walked alongside him and kept him from wandering,” Stephen said. “As Buckwheat grew and began venturing out on his own a little more, we would have Sarge go find him and bring him back home.”
He took on the role of being fawn’s guardian
Eventually, Buckwheat was released back into the wild, but by then, in a twist of fate, news had got out about Sarge’s clever rehabilitating skills and Cheryl began to receive many more pleas to help injured animals. Her phone started ringing off the hook and, for Sarge, every time a new deer arrives, it’s like Christmas morning. Cheryl is truly a selfless woman, and the care that she gives these vulnerable animals is beautiful to see. “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,” Stephen said. “The fawns are drawn to Sarge and feel safe in his presence. Sarge won’t leave their side.” Watch the video, Sarge is always happy to do his job, no matter what the spring brings his way.
Sadly, some of the fawns that Stephen takes in don’t make it, and every loss is equally hard on Sarge. “He grieves for days, [with his] head hung low and won’t eat,” Stephen said. “He has laid on the graves of his beloved fawns and refused to come inside.”