Rachel Howatt spent a lot of time exploring the woods near her house in late December after her pet dog Koda got out. But, after a few days, the dependable dog returned to his home in Manitoba, Ontario, Canada, as if nothing had occurred.
“We absolutely looked for her, but she simply came back in the end,” Howatt told The Dodo. “She’s a brilliant girl, so I had no doubt she’d find her way back.”
Howatt didn’t think to check with her neighbor, who has a trail camera in the woods near their house, to see whether Koda had been seen at all until a few days later. Sure enough, Koda had been captured on film.
A male deer was huddled up close to her, eating and resting alongside her.
Throughout the evening, Koda is shown playing with and sitting close to the buck, who seemed unconcerned that he was accompanied by a dog.
“It was incredible,” Howatt remarked. “It seems that they spent nearly 12 hours together based on the time they spent on frame.” There’s also another shot with her in which there are two dollars.”
This isn’t the first time a herd of wild deer has gone to the aid of a misbehaving animal. When deer gather in the woods, they have been known to adopt fugitive cows and even cats as their own.
While Howatt will do everything she can to prevent Koda from running away in the future, she has a hunch the dog will want to return to the woods to be with her wild buddy.