Puppy that can’t walk and pigeon that can’t fly become best friends

wo month old Chihuahua puppy Lundy enjoying play time with Herman the pigeon
Lundy and Herman (Picture: Caters News)

A pigeon that can’t fly and a puppy that can’t walk have become inseparable after they were both rescued.

Lundy the two-month-old Chihuahua puppy arrived at The Mia Foundation in New York January 2020. He came from a North Carolina breeder who had noticed the small dog had issues walking, which are likely linked to spinal cord damage. The dog was quick to become friends with one of the rescue’s oldest residents, a pigeon called Herman, who can’t fly.

The two animals are now inseparable and are often caught by Sue cuddling together at the rescue’s facilities.

Sue said: ‘I set Herman on a dog bed and started caring for Lundy, and I decided to carefully put Lundy in the same dog bed next to him.

‘They started interacting immediately in a very cute way.’

Two month old Chihuahua puppy Lundy enjoying play time with Herman the pigeon
They immediately developed a bond (Picture: Caters News)

Sue said that she is now no longer certain Herman is a he, after witnessing the bird’s maternal behaviour towards Lundy.

Herman is a permanent resident but they hope to get a wheelchair for Lundy and find a family to adopt him.

Sue said: ‘Lundy weighs only one pound now, so we will have to wait for the chair.’

The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to. Isn’t that a good thing?

Two month old Chihuahua puppy Lundy enjoying play time with Herman the pigeon
Too cute! (Picture: Caters News)

The Mia Foundation works mainly with animals born with birth defects, who would often be put down otherwise.

Sue said: ‘Our main goal is to take in animals born with birth defects.

‘But people also bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes.’

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