A shepherd dog did not respond to its owner’s call. The worried man did not imagine that he would find it in nothing less than saving a poor little baby lamb.
Matías Márquez is a man who leads a peaceful life in Irazusta, Argentina. Years ago, he made the decision to abandon his city life to dedicate himself to caring for his sheep. From Zoorprendente today we bring you the moving episode that starred his dog.
“It was not easy to have a venture without capital. I set up the corrals, I made the wire fences, I am a midwife and I take care of the lambs”, said Matías.
His dog didn’t respond to his call but it was because he was being a hero
His dream was to live off what his land gave him, but during the first months he faced all kinds of difficulties.
His sheep were ambushed on several occasions by wild animals and Matías understood that he had to take serious measures to protect them. Some friends told him about the maremma breed puppies.
«The dog is man’s best friend. But he is also one of the sheep, ”Matías celebrated.
Hanna and Raptor became the best sheepdogs in the world
These furry dogs are a variety of mastiff that originated in Italy and for centuries have been the companions of shepherds to defend the sheep.
That was how Hanna and Raptor came into Matías’ life since they were just puppies. He wanted to accustom them from a very young age to living with the sheep so that they would all become a beautiful family.
“Today, both Hanna and Raptor mark their territory and each takes care of their area. They are intimidating before anyone who seeks to hurt their sheep,” explained Matías.
He could not imagine that this sweet baby would become a big sheepdog.
Recently, Raptor showed that he really was willing to go to any lengths to take care of the sheep.
It was a normal day on the farm, Matías joined the sheep in the corral to take a walk around the land. When they return, they are usually accompanied by Hanna and Raptor but this time it was not like that.
“I found it strange that he did not come to me. He always pays attention,” said Matías.
Raptor would never lose sight of his entrusted flock
Raptor was nowhere to be found. Matías thought that he would return in a matter of a couple of hours, but when it got dark he began to seriously worry about the absence of his puppy and went looking for him.
He finally found him in a strange position and the furry refused to come to the call of his owner.
“I walked slowly and saw a newborn lamb next to him, rolled into a ball,” said Matías.
Matías did not understand what was happening until he finally reached out to his loyal sheepherder. Raptor was snuggled up to a little lamb.
He was very small and the poor thing seemed terrified without his mother. Without the protection that the beautiful Raptor gave him for hours, it was very likely that the little lamb would not survive. He was a maremma puppy really dedicated to the care of his sheep.
“The lamb’s mother returned to the pen alone and Raptor decided to stay there, taking care of it. Luckily he stayed, otherwise he would have died because there was a great frost, ”said Matías.
In the absence of the mother, Raptor knew that he had to intervene to save the little lamb.
Somehow, Raptor understood that he couldn’t leave the smallest lamb on the farm there. When Matías returned to the cabin, a mother sheep began to bleat with joy when she was reunited with her lamb.
The loving Raptor saved her life. And that sweet encounter would never have been possible if it hadn’t been for the care and concern of this beautiful puppy.
The enormous heart of animals is something that he will never cease to amaze us.