Gregarious Deer Befriends a Playful Golden Retriever

A rather protective golden retriever named Sampson put himself to work in his own backyard, guarding the tree line from errant deer outside his Wurtsboro, New York home. One day, however, a rather gregarious deer crossed the line and stomped her paw. Sampson excitedly responded, and the unlikely pair began to playfully chase each other around the yard.

Our Golden Retriever named Sampson has a new unlikely friend. He spent the past year “guarding” the property and protecting my apple trees from being eaten by the deer. Or so I thought…

The deer kept returning, and the two became friends.

Now each day she waits for him to come out for a run in the morning and patiently waits for him to play after dinner time. Sometimes, they stand next to each other, other times playing hide and seek around the bushes.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.