Theres nothing quite like having a special animal in your life.
Whether that creature is a dog, a cat, or something more exotic, I think our hearts grow bigger when we have a close relationship with an animal. They teach us about empathy, bravery, and love on a daily basis, as we saw with sweet, spirited kitten Mac N Cheez.
After all, animals are innately good, and they have an endless capacity for love. Better yet, treating an animal well is a surefire way to win their heart.
No one knows that better than Dorothy Lee, better known as Dot. Shes an animal rehabilitator and educator with a touching story, and she owes it all to one tiny, defenseless creature: a very special raccoon named Trouper.
She saved Trouper at the lowest, scariest point in the raccoons life. In turn, Trouper has made her life richer, and relocated her all the way to Florida!
Read on below to learn more about how Trouper found Dot!
Despite Troupers handicaps, he has lived a long and happy life in Dots home, though shes careful to emphasize that hes not a pet, but a wild friend thatneeds her help.
At 8, hes outlived most raccoons by years, and has learned to walk and swim again under Dots careful rehabilitation.
Most importantly, as Dot told News-Press, Hes loved, hes touched, and he understands what respect is.
Check out the adorable video below to see Trouper and Dot in action. And if you love this sweet story about a dedicated caregiver and her beloved animal friend, make sure toSHAREwith fellow animal lovers on Facebook!