A turtle’s best friend

In January, during the northern hemisphere’s winter, a Newfoundland named Veda found a loggerhead turtle in distress.

Veda the Newfoundland

Veda a two year old, 120 pound female Newfoundland, owned by Leah and Brad Bares found a stranded sea turtle on Ellisville Beach in Plymouth. (photo courtesy of NE Aquarium)

Her owners phoned the New England Aquarium, who responded quickly and rescued it.  It was nursed back to health for over 5 months before it could be released to the wild again at Assateague State Park in Maryland.

If it weren’t for Veda, the turtle is unlikely to have been saved.  There’s not a lot of people on the beach in January!

Just another case of how special dogs are and how their skills can be put to good use for the benefit of humans and other animals.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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