Last summer, the founder of The Mia Foundation, Sue Rogers, received a call asking whether she could take in an abandoned young bird.
This small bird’s nest was discovered when construction personnel were working on a parking lot ramp, and all signs were that its mother did not return after the nest was moved.
Sue consented to take in the orphaned young dove, whom she named Lovey, expecting her to stay with them for for a few weeks while she learned to feed and fly.
But every time Sue attempted to reintroduce Lovey to the wild, she discovered her on her terrace a few hours later.
Sue took Lovey back to the house to protect her from the cold as fall approached. Lovey understands that she has complete freedom at home and can fly wherever she wants, which she adores.
She, on the other hand, never showed any interest in the other animals in the home until a puppy called Alfie arrived.
“Alfie is eight weeks old, yet he looks like a newborn dog. Sue remarked, “He has a cleft palate, and I’m almost certain he has hydrocephalus and probably a heart problem.”
Under Sue’s care, Alfie not only became stronger, but he also became more adventurous, but at less than a pound, he is too little to play with the other dogs in the home.
“During the day, Lovey flies over the house, and I saw that once I set the puppy down, she instantly went to him.” It’s possible she mistook it for another bird because it’s the same color and size as her. Sue went on to say, “Lovey doesn’t interact like that with any of the other hairy ones in the home.”
Lovey enjoys piggybacking Alfie or chasing him around the house, hooting quietly and pecking at his fur.
“They’re the tiniest animals we have, and they all need a companion,” Sue explained.
Sue is overjoyed to see this adorable friendship blossom between the two little animals, and Alfie appears to appreciate the company.