Sometimes, it’s the most unlikely relationships that end up having the strongest bonds.
This inseparable bond between a very rare, disabled Great Dane and an 18-month-old little girl named Jennie takes your typical child-pet relationship to a whole new level. It’s beautiful, and adorable, and millions of people from around the world have noticed.
A Rare Find Rescued
Echo, the Great Dane from western New York, is a sight to behold. She is a huge dog, but the often-used term for the breed, “gentle giant,” would be more than accurate.
Echo, a dog rescued from abuse, stands apart from other dogs in so many ways. She is deaf, blind, and covered with a striking and rare white coat.
Marion Dwyer, Echo’s owner and mother of Jennie, saved Echo from euthanization when she was just a puppy. Her first owner had planned to have her put down.
“She was an abuse case. She was 12 weeks old, 15 pounds underweight, and had a belly full of rocks. We took her to the vet, and he said this is very common in dogs that don’t get fed that are neglected. They develop Pica (a disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive) and she was literally trying to eat everything. She was literally pooping out rocks,” Dwyer explained in a recent interview with WGRZ-TV.
Jennie wasn’t even born yet when Echo first came on the scene. Dwyer said that Echo, amazingly, had a curiosity for Jennie even when she was still in the womb. She seemed almost overly-present when Dwyer was pregnant, and often would nuzzle her belly.
“As the baby bump grew, she was always snuggling up to it. And then, when we brought Jennie home, she wanted constantly to be near her,” Dwyer said. When Jennie was born, Echo immediately befriended her and their journey of reciprocal love had begun.
“I did not expect her to take to Jennie the way she did,” said Dwyer. Now, 18 months later, the two are hardly ever apart.
“I can’t separate the two, even when she’s eating,” said Dwyer. “Echo is always peeking around the corner waiting for Jennie to come back into the living room.”
The World Could Not Handle the Cuteness
As adorable as this is, how the two have touched millions globally is even more so. Dwyer began posting pictures of Echo and Jennie on a family album on Facebook, and relatives told her to send them to news outlets.
“I initially thought not to, because to me they were just pictures of the two of them being cute together,” Dwyer recalled.
But then a video of Jennie and Echo, both wearing sunglasses as they walked down the sidewalk, was seen by the UK Daily Mail. They published it, and it went viral to the tune of 2 million views and ignited a fury of interest.
When the mother of the charming duo was asked if she worried about the potential effect on the sensitive pooch as Jennie got older and went off to school, she said not anymore.
“Echo had really bad separation anxiety when I first adopted her, and we worked on that because she never had a person in her life that she was constant with,” Dwyer said. “But now she does.”
At Jennie’s tender age, her loyal companion shows no signs of ever being anything less than her BFF forever.
Watch the video below:
Source: Girl, disabled dog are international sensation from KARE11.