For one lucky fox in Poland, life wouldn’t begin and end on a fur farm. Instead, she’d be adopted by Polly Lushchynskaya, who didn’t stop her efforts at bringing the pup home – she also paired her new pet with an unexpected companion to ease the fox’s loneliness.
Lushchynskaya, a software QA engineer, calls Krakow, Poland, home. She admitted to the Irish Independent in 2017 that she and her husband, Panya Kazlenka, have a soft spot for unconventional pets.
But when they adopted their pet fox named Jay, they had more reason to take her in than just her unusualness. Lushchynskaya said that they had saved the fox pup from a fur farm, where she would have likely been subjected to cruel treatment.
In Lushchynskaya’s country of residence, Poland, fur farming is legal. Exposé pieces have shown the harsh treatment that the mammals receive on these properties. Some are kept in cages with wire mesh floors, for example, which can lead them to develop twisted feet.
Other foxes have gnawed their tails off because the environment is so stressful. And some animal rights groups claimed that these ailments were left untreated too, as farm owners opted to collect their fur and breed the creatures instead.
But at Lushchynskaya and Kazlenka’s house, Jay found herself in a life far from the fur farm from which she was rescued. “She became our best friend,” Lushchynskaya wrote in a Bored Panda page.
As the trio bonded, Jay had the full attention of both her adoptive parents. Lushchynskaya wrote, “I’ve been working from home, that’s why I was always nearby. My husband loves Jay, too, and they spent a lot of time together.”
They soon learned that their fox had a unique, quirky personality. “Jay is very friendly, playful and curious,” Lushchynskaya wrote. In that way, she and her husband got lucky – many foxes are coy in new situations and around new people.
With her curious, fearless personality in mind, it’s not hard to believe that Jay had an interesting hobby. “She always tries to steal things,” Lushchynskaya wrote. She shared photo evidence, too, of her pet fox eating a broken egg, nibbling a croissant and even biting the cap of a beer bottle.
But the fox had many sweet moments too. Lushchynskaya, her husband and their pet shared a bed, and they often woke up to Jay in a cozy, curled-up position. They even celebrated holidays together – birthdays included. But their round-the-clock time together would eventually come to an end.
“This year, I’ve changed from remote work to the office. I was very afraid that Jay would miss us, as she would always be alone,” Lushchynskaya wrote. But the family came up with a solution to keep their pet fox as sociable as she had been.
“We decided that Jay needed a friend who’d be her age and ‘size,’” Lushchynskaya wrote. The choice of companion was clear too, considering Jay’s affinity for one animal in particular. “Jay is very friendly,” Lushchynskaya told the Irish Independent, “When we go for a walk she always tries to play with other dogs.”
So Lushchynskaya and Kazlenka headed to a shelter and adopted a friend for Jay. His name was Saimon, a two-year-old dog that was roughly the same size as his new fox sister. What remained to be seen was how well the two animals would get along.
But the family wouldn’t have to wait long to figure that out. Within two days, Jay and Saimon were already getting along famously. “They’re best friends always spending time together,” Lushchynskaya wrote on Bored Panda.
The duo quickly began playing games together at home, and the reason that Lushchynskaya wanted an animal who was similar in size to Jay became apparent. She told the Irish Independent that they roughhoused one another and made lots of noise.
Other times, it seemed as though the fox didn’t quite understand the dog’s idea of a game. Lushchynskaya said, “Saimon always takes a ball and tries to give it to Jay, and looks like he thinks that Jay should throw it. But Jay just steals it and hides it.”
In fact, sometimes Jay and Saimon enjoyed each other’s company so much that it was to their owners’ detriment. “Unfortunately we have to walk them separately,” Lushchynskaya said, “because they can’t concentrate when they are together.”
But Saimon and Jay’s strong friendship achieved exactly what Lushchynskaya hoped it would when she adopted the dog. Remember, she wanted a companion at home for the fox since she had to go to an office job.
Lushchynskaya said, “They spend all day together.” And just over six months after she spoke to the Irish Independent, she shared on her Instagram page that the dog and fox had continued to strengthen their bond.
“About a year ago we took Saimon from shelter,” Lushchynskaya wrote on February 10, 2018. “It was very exciting to observe how he and Jay discover their friendship,” she continued. And, by the looks of her photo-sharing page full of images of the dog and the fox, the duo continues to enjoy life side by side.