Sniffer the wild fox and Tinni the dog became best friends one day after they met by chance one day in the woods of Norway.

Their friendship is a highly unlikely one and their bond seems to be helped by the remoteness of the forest they live in and their acceptance of one another. The dog and fox in normal circumstances would usually be enemies - separated by tens of thousands of years of domestication but these two have ignored that and share their unlikely bond.

Tinni's owner, Torgeir Berge, lives in the forest with his dog, and is also a photographer. He has been at hand to capture every heartwarming moment between the two best of friends as they frolick and play in the secluded woods.

After observing how similar foxes and dogs actually are, Berge began calling the fox the "dog of the forest." This prompted him to start a campaign against the highly controversial fur trade. Berge and his friend Berit Helberg plan to release a book sometime next year chronicling the duo, because "no animals should be living like the animals in the fur industry are living."

Berge and Helberg said they plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to help save the Sniffers (foxes) of the world. The pair put their motivation quite simply in a description of the project: "Why [should] some animals be in small, narrow, claustrophobic cages without freedom just because ... human kind wants to look good?"

In the meantime though, Sniffer and Tinni will just continue to play around like two dogs would in the park let off their leash - free to be best friends in their Norwegian forest.

Photos Credit Torgeir Berge


Responses to "Sniffer and Tinni, a real life Fox and the Hound living in Norway "

  1. Unknown says:

    sweet :-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    If we just take time to watch nature and animals. We will learn alot .. Lovely photos . Thank you for sharing. :)

  3. Laurie Tranter says:

    Lovely story. heart warming! I hope your campaign makes a change. I think anyone who uses fur or wears it is a very selfish and greedy unfeeling prat.
    Best of luck and I hope their friendship is long lasting.
    Laurie Tranter

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sharing. It's so sweet to see n I hope their friendship lasts

  5. JoAnne DeSimone says:

    Beautiful! I love it, goes to show you how special our wildlife and domesticated dog's can live together. And how loving they really are by nature :-),, Thank You for sharing the beautiful story and amazing loving pictures. Put a smile on my face for sure!

  6. Anonymous says:

    that was fabulous we could learn from these two hope it lasts .

  7. Anonymous says:

    That is such a beautiful thing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love knows no boundaries! Looks like a lasting friendship!

  9. Anonymous says:

    so great :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful :) :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful friendship!! Awesome story and photos! Thanks!!

  12. Unknown says:

    The bond they share shows they don't know they are different. There is a lesson here for the human race.

  13. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful .

  14. Anonymous says:

    My Animal Spirit Guide is the Red Fox......Can't help but love these pics!

  15. Jennifer in Australia says:

    Just beautiful...the friendship and the photos

  16. The animals know.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for such beautiful photos..................these two gorgeous friends, may they live very long lives. Bless you!!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Too bad people can't get along like these two fellows. These two can teach humanity quit a bit. And they say we are the superior being..... Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous creatures. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Unknown says:

    Beautiful ! Thank you for sharing these precious moments of a very special bond. God bless

  20. Wanda Hartman says:

    so sweet a pair!!!

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  23. Unknown says:

    That is so beautiful.thank you for sharing your video and pictures.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Awwwwwwwwww so cute. Thanks for sharing this.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely loved this video it. was wondaful and the dog was a german shephers I saw it right away !wen my cat coco was younger she used too play wiv the foxes out back lane there stil friends now! See animals do have feelings they like too be happy playing like these two yeah we could learn a lot from them I love all animals in the wild! feral! domesticated our pets and our family!!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Just beautiful!!!! It would be woundeful if ALL HUMANS could be that loving!!! We can only pray.

  27. Unknown says:

    we humans are diceace what will destroy all animals and wolrd in 50 years

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