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Amusing Monday: Unlikely friendship endures

February 13th, 2012 by cdunagan

An unusual friendship began in June, 2008, and has continued through the seasons — sun, snow and rain — all documented on video and still photos by Isobel Springett.

I’m talking about a friendship between a dog and a deer. The dog, a Great Dane named Kate, adopted a fawn that was just days old and wandering motherless on Isobel’s property in Comox Valley, British Columbia.

In Isobel’s words:

“We named the fawn Pippin and the two were inseparable. Kate cleaned her, tried to nurse her and slept with her. Of course being a photographer, I documented all this and over the next 3 years amassed a large library of Kate and Pippin pictures.”

The videos show Kate and Pippin playing in the fields and the woods at all times of year. (Check out the “Kate & Pippin” channel on YouTube.) Eventually, Pippin ventured back into the woods, but she returned frequently to visit Kate. Last summer, Pippin became a new mother, bringing twins into the world, and the two fawns have become part of the story.

Later this month, the adventures will be published in a new book titled, “Kate and Pippin, An Unlikely Love Story,” published by Henry Holt of New York and Penguin Candada. Isobel’s brother, Martin Springett, wrote the text for the book, as well as the music for many of the videos.

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