These two may look like an unlikely couple, but seven-month-old baby Isla is nevertheless best friends with 110-pound Harlequin Great Dane Harley.
Vanessa Rowe and Ben Wickens from Stockport, England, had feared that Harley would not accept baby Isla when she was born in June, but now the couple are simply inseparable.
The couple had adopted Harley after going through a tough year following a miscarriage and illness. However, after the huge dog walked into their lives, Vanessa, 40, became pregnant with Isla. (Scroll down for the video.)
Parents Vanessa Rowe and Ben Wickens had feared their dog Harley would not accept Isla when she was born in June, but now the pair are inseparable.
Vanessa says Harley is so gentle with her baby and says the huge dog is like her ‘other daughter’.
Isla and Harley love nothing more than curling up together for a nap on the sofa or playing on Isla’s floor mat.
Harley won’t sleep at night unless she is keeping a close eye on little Isla, and she loves to rest her huge head on the baby’s tummy.
Isla was born in June last year. Her mother became pregnant just months after adopting Harley.
Isla even learned to roll over by using after patient Harley as support, and if the baby cries, Harley will run off to alert Vanessa,
A cute seven-month old baby is best friends with her “big sister” — an enormous Great Dane.
Isla and Harley love nothing more than going for a nap together on the sofa or playing on Isla’s floor mat. The baby’s parents are convinced that their dog thinks she is an “ugly bald puppy”.
Isla has even learned to roll over by using her patient canine friend as support. If the baby cries, Harley will run over and alert Vanessa.
Harley won’t go to sleep at night unless she is able to keep a close eye on baby Isla and she loves to rest her head on the girl’s tummy.
As soon as I said I was pregnant people asked “what are you going to do about the dog?”.
But to me she’s like my other daughter. I would no more get rid of her than I would Isla. But there was no need to worry.
From day one Harley has been so gentle with this strange little bald puppy we bought home from the hospital and Isla only shows an interest in rolling or crawling if it means getting nearer to her long-legged, floppy eared sis.
Isla breaks into a smile whenever she sees me or my husband — but that’s nothing to the way her face completely lights up when she sees her big sister.
Isla has got so many toys — all the usual interactive ones — but there is nothing more interactive than a huge dog. Harley lets herself be petted, and Isla loves playing with her ears.
No matter what kind of day you’ve had, to be greeted by someone that excited to see you at the end of the day — every day was better because we had her.
Every worry was made better by her.
Vanessa became pregnant a few months later and Isla was born in June last year. She said:
We introduced them as soon as we could in the first couple of days, and this huge dog gave this little fragile baby a sniff to try and work out what it was, and that was it.
Now they are best friends, and it will be so lovely to watch them grow up together.
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