When Holly Faulconer first noticed a deer coming to steal seed from her bird feeder, she was charmed by the brave little fawn.
Pretty soon, though, the little deer, who she named Sassafras, started appearing for a different reason altogether. She wanted to see her new best friend, Faulconer’s dog, Huey.
Faulconer rescued Huey nine years ago, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Huey is very protective of his mom, so Faulconer was surprised when he started showing interest in befriending Sassafras instead of seeing the curious deer as a threat.
“Huey was a little confused at first, and definitely cautious,” Faulconer told The Dodo. “I would just talk to them both and make sure they both felt safe. Slowly, they just started talking over the fence!”
Watch Huey and Sassafras’ first meeting:
Now, Sassafras comes back often to swap stories with her new BFF.
Sometimes, Sassafras even brings her two babies along to visit.
“It’s absolutely adorable,” Faulconer said. “I love watching them.”
For Huey and Sassafras, it doesn’t matter that they’re different species. What truly matters is dependability, kindness and, well, being tall enough to chat over the fence.
You can keep up with Faulconer, Huey and Sassafras on Instagram.