Horses are majestic and gentle animals that capture the hearts of all who meet them, including a service puppy in training.
Canine Companions For Independence provides highly trained service dogs to disabled adults, children, and veterans free of charge. Tory Cheshire Junkins, who raises puppies for the organization, is currently training an adorable puppy named Yoken.
Jackie, Tory’s mother and also a puppy raiser, wants to expose the future service dogs to as many things as possible, so she recently brought Yoken down to the barn to meet the horses.
“Start them young! Yoken’s first barn trip! He loved the horses,” posted Tory.
It is safe to say it was love at first sniff. Yoken was curious about the horses and showed no fear in touching noses with the large animals.
However, he showed his love in a different way when he met a horse named Rio. Rio was standing in cross ties in the barn when Yoken reached up to touch noses.
Yoken started to kiss Rio’s nose and then Rio stuck his tongue out to return the sweet gesture. Yoken made sure Jackie did not feel left out and kissed her too. The pure moment was captured on video and shared on Tory’s Facebook page.
Jackie commented that Rio only tolerates the puppies, but did fall in love with one dog. “Rio doesn’t love the dogs, he just tolerated them. He only loved Hamlet. They’d roll around in the pasture together. But since we lost Hamlet Rio hasn’t loved any others.”
Yoken’s zest for life and unwavering love for everyone and everything he meets is inspiring. He is going to make a great service dog.
Learn more about Canine Companions for Independence and how to volunteer to be a puppy raiser on their website. “Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.”
Watch the adorable interaction between Yoken and Rio in the video below and don’t forget to share.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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