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Dog and lamb besties go look­ing for some­one to give them a feed

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Gra­hamthe lamb and Charles the dog rarely go any­where with­out each other.

The odd cou­ple be­came mi­nor celebri­ties on­line af­ter One­m­ana res­i­dent Tri­cia Dickey-mc­clain saw them hang­ing out on the turnoff to the small coastal Whanga­mata¯.

“I opened up my car door to see if the dog had a col­lar on and they both just jumped in.

“I wasn’t sure what to do so I posted to Face­book to see if I could find the par­ents,” she said.

“They were very sweet, the lamb town near wouldn’t go any­where with­out the dog.

“They were at­tached at the hip.” Much to the dis­ap­point­ment of Tri­cia’s daugh­ters, owner Gareth Richards was lo­cated at a nearby dairy farm and the pair were de­liv­ered back to sleep side-by-side in the same ken­nel.

Gareth had needed to rush his part­ner Toni to Thames Hos­pi­tal af­ter an ac­ci­dent re­quir­ing stitches to her leg, and didn’t have time to put them in their ken­nel be­fore he left.

He said Char­lie is a work­ing dog that should work with sheep but only knows dairy farms, “so he doesn’t as­so­ciate sheep with chas­ing sheep”.

The lamb was an or­phan from his part­ner’s dad’s farm and was named Gra­ham — “he just looked like a Gra­ham” — and set­tled in eas­ily with the crew.

“We do have a bit of a zoo here — cows, dogs, cats, goat and lamb.

“He was by him­self and had no mates so he started hang­ing out with the an­i­mals,” said Gareth.

“These two have ken­nels be­side each other and Gra­ham hangs out with him most of the day.”

The pair roam the lawn and Gra­hamtries to go rat­ting­with Char­lie “but he’s not very suc­cess­ful at that”, said Gareth.

At milk­ing time they both turn up at the shed.

“Gra­ham still gets a bot­tle of milk and Charles gets a saucer.”

It was past din­ner time when Toni hurt her leg. Gareth says they were prob­a­bly won­der­ing where their din­ner was so they went look­ing for some­one else to give them a feed.

It was a happy end­ing for all in­volved, with Toni back from hos­pi­tal and Gra­ham and Charles back on the farm.

In a Face­book post on their safe re­turn, Kate Row­ley summed it up: “I think this is the­most Kiwi thing I’ve ever seen.”

 ?? Photo / Gareth Richards ?? Charles and Gra­ham back home safe on the farm in Whanga­mata.
Photo / Gareth Richards Charles and Gra­ham back home safe on the farm in Whanga­mata.
 ?? Photo / Gareth Richards ?? Charles and Gra­ham have a spe­cial bond.
Photo / Gareth Richards Charles and Gra­ham have a spe­cial bond.

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