Bambi has always had a lot of “dog-like” habits. He likes to play fetch and even growls at strangers when he sees them walking past his windows. As far as his mom knew, though, he’d never been around or lived with dogs before — until the day she brought one home to foster.
Jinny Ryann Pollinger, Bambi’s mom, works with The Dog Cafe in Los Angeles, and recently volunteered to foster a dog named Archie, a year-old mini pinscher mix who arrived at the rescue about a week ago. She had no idea how Bambi was going to react to Archie, but knowing that he was often afraid of change, she had a feeling he may not be too jazzed right away.
“He was curled up on the couch when I walked in with Archie,” Pollinger told The Dodo. “Bambi just froze and stared and was like, ‘What the heck is that thing?’ After a second, he ran and hid.”
At first Bambi ran and hid in a closet, but he soon realized that might not be the safest hiding place …
… and so eventually, he settled on the sink.
“He realized that Archie couldn’t reach him on the counters so he moved to the sink,” Pollinger said. “He actually switched back and forth between two different sinks. He would be in there for about an hour at a time before he’d switch to a new hiding spot, but he’d always find his way back to one of the sinks.”
Throughout all of this, Archie was very eager to meet and play with Bambi, but Bambi remained cautious — until the last day Pollinger fostered Archie, when Bambi finally started to give the adorable pup a chance.
“When Archie would walk by, Bambi would step out of the sink and just observe him,” Pollinger said. “The first day he would puff up his tail and hiss. But by the last day, he was much calmer and was genuinely fascinated by Archie.”
Archie has since returned to The Dog Cafe, but Pollinger might end up fostering Archie again — and is hoping that next time, Bambi will spend a little less time in the sink and a little more time being brave and learning to play with Archie. But, of course, the sinks will always be there, just in case.