Fun fact: The Karelian Bear Dog was bred specifically for hunting large game like boars and bears. They are often territorial and have a difficult time trusting strangers. These dogs are often used in national parks such as Yosemite for their ability to frighten bears.
Considering all of this, one might imagine that, Mishka, a wildlife service dog employed for this very task, would not take too kindly to small animals following him around.
After all, if a dog acts aggressively toward bears, it stands to reason that a smaller animal (say, perhaps a deer) would be torn to shreds by him. Yet Mishka is full of surprises and she proved these preconceived notions wrong by taking care of one of the forest’s loneliest critters.
An orphaned fawn took a liking to him while he and his owner, Officer Bruce Richards, were called to assist the baby animal.
This tiny baby animal was confused, mistaking Mishka for one of its parents. Richards took the fawn along with them and what happened next was truly beautiful.
Despite his toughness toward bears, Mishka really is a gentle soul. He gave the poor fawn all of the tender love and care it deserves, starting with a few big kisses.
He let the deer follow him side-by-side like any good foster parent would. Dogs have been called “Man’s best friend” many times before and this particular dog might also be considered “Bear’s worst enemy.”
Yet, when Mishka sees a sad creature who is truly in need, he steps up to take care of them. Now that’s what I like to call a good boy!