A typical lion would probably look at a dachshund and think, “Oh, boy! A hot dog for lunch!” Bonedigger is not your typical lion. He and a group of four dachshunds were all less than two months old when they met at their new home, the G. W. Exotic Animal Park in Winwood, Oklahoma. As one of the caretakers described it, “Bonedigger gets along with all four of the wiener dogs, but for some reason Abby gets away with a lot more. Him and Abby have had a special bond from the first day.”
Far from showing the slightest sign he wanted to make lunch out of any of the dachshunds, the gentle lion took a protective attitude toward them, almost as if his role was to mother them. Like a lot of small dogs, the dachshunds made up for their small size with a big attitude. “Believe it or not, the weenie dogs actually overpower him.”
“You know, we’ve actually split them up. When I go into weed-eat the cage, the weenie dogs attack the head of the weed-eater, so I have to kick the weenie dogs out of the cage and Bonedigger just paces and cries up and down the fence. And as soon as I’m done weed-eating, I let the weenie dogs back in and he counts his weenie dogs, makes sure they’re all there and just loves all of them. He loves them, they usually lick his mouth and lay on him and roll over. It’s a pretty cool reunion. Act like they’ve been gone forever and, you know, it’s only been five or ten minutes. And every time we do that, it happens. The lesson that you get from Abby and Bondigger living together is, he is a wild animal but he can be tame. The weenie dog is a tame animal but it can be wild. There’s a little bit of each animal in each one of them.”
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