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German Shepherd Carries Newborn Creature To Dad Thinking It’s A Puppy

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on October 2, 2023

When we think of heartwarming animal stories, we often imagine a lost or abandoned creature finding its way to a loving home. In this case, the hero of the story is a dog named Terry. The German Shepherd brought a tiny, unexpected guest home from the forest one day. Terry’s owner was surprised to see the small, recently-born “puppy,” knowing the sweet little creature wouldn’t have survived in the forest much longer.


Terry’s dad was unsure whether to keep him or give him away. However, once he held the little creature in his hands, he knew he couldn’t part with him. He named the “puppy” Russell. As Russell grew, Terry’s owner began to suspect that his new pet might not be a dog at all.


Russell’s climbing abilities and other behaviors led the owner to consult a veterinarian. Upon seeing Russell, the vet laughed and revealed that the animal was not a dog, but a sable. Sables are small, carnivorous mammals native to Russia and northern Asia, known for their luxurious fur.

The veterinarian explained that sables are extremely difficult to tame and advised that Russell be given to a zoo. However, both Terry and his dad were now attached to Russell and he had become a loyal and irreplaceable member of the family. The thought of parting with Russell was out of the question.


Several years have passed since that day, and Russell continues to live happily with Terry and his owner. They have formed a unique and loving family. While this story has a happy ending, it’s essential to remember that animals like Russell belong in the wild. If rescued as babies, they should be placed in a sanctuary to ensure their well-being and safety.

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