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Rescue dog Nora was scared of people until she met baby Archie and the result is beautiful

Staff writers, October 23, 2017 7:27PM The Sun

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Baby Archie with Nora. Even the cat gets to snuggle in, too. media_cameraBaby Archie with Nora. Even the cat gets to snuggle in, too.

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A dog that was abused* by her previous owners and left scared of all people has struck up a sweet friendship with a baby.

English Pointer Nora was so badly treated that she would spend her days quivering* and had to be taken to a dog shelter where she was rescued by Canadian mum Elizabeth Spence.

However, the new family pet struggled to fit in and wouldn’t bond with any of the humans in her new family or outside world.

But as soon as Elizabeth gave birth to her son, Archie, the pair developed an incredible bond, with the baby becoming the only person Nora wasn’t scared of.

Baby Archie and rescue dog Nora are inseparable. Picture: Instagram media_cameraBaby Archie and rescue dog Nora are inseparable. Picture: Instagram

The pair are so at ease with each other’s company that they are often snapped sleeping side-by-side or playing together.

And sometimes, even the family cats get involved as they all snuggle up together on the bed.

Mum-of-three Elizabeth said she thinks the unlikely pairing is down to Archie’s chilled personality.

“Archie is an extremely laid-back*, happy, good-natured baby and all the animals seem to really respond to that, particularly Nora,” she told pet website, Dodo.

“She came from an abusive background and is afraid of almost everything. Not Archie, though. She absolutely adores him.

Baby Archie and rescue dog Nora spend all their time together and even share toys. Picture: Instagram media_cameraBaby Archie and rescue dog Nora spend all their time together and even share toys. Picture: Instagram

“If Archie is having a bath, Nora is lying on the bath mat waiting for him to get out. If I’m nursing him she wants up on my lap, too.”

Spence charts what the pair get up to everyday as they grow up together on Instagram and they already have close to 100,000 followers online.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

GLOSSARY

abused: mistreated or injured

quivering: shaking

laid-back: relaxed or at ease

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Nora and Archie

Think about the similarities and differences between an abused dog and a newborn baby and write them in the columns.

Nora and Archie have almost 100,000 followers on Instagram.

Why do you think they are so popular?

Would you like to see what they get up to by looking at their photos?

Extension:
Look up the local pet rescue service in your area.
How could you help these animals find a loving home?

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English

Activity 2. Pet adoption

Work with a partner and look up the Victoria website to see what animals are up for adoption or need new loving homes.

Create a poster advertising some of these pets.
On your poster include a picture and some details about the pet and what sort of people that pet would suit

Also look up the costs of adopting a pet so people know how much money is involved.
Pets can cost a lot of money and aren’t suitable for everyone.

Extension:
Add up the costs of adopting different types of pets.
What are the ongoing costs of looking after an animal?

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Health and Physical Education, English, Personal and Social

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Connective capture

Connectives are joining words used to connect phrases together into longer sentences and improve the flow of their writing.
They can be conjunctions used to join two or more thoughts or ideas together in the same sentence, or prepositions and adverbs which can join two or more thoughts or ideas together in separate sentences or paragraphs to create flow.

Go through the article and highlight all the connectives with your highlighter.

Extension:
Get a partner to use your highlighted connectives in a verbal or written sentence.

Do the same with their article.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: VCOP, Big Write, English

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