A piglet that was not expected to survive has thrived, thanks partly to an unlikely bond with a German shepherd named Duke.

Sophie the piglet was the runt of a litter of 12 born earlier this year at Wild Moon Organics near Armstrong, B.C., reported Castanet. She wasn't big enough to fight her siblings for mom's milk.

But Tristan Quiring, 17, whose family owns the organic farm, decided to try and help, said the farm's Facebook page.

"He brought her into our home and figured out a recipe (to feed her not to eat her) he could make that would replace her mom's milk and proceeded to look after her and nurse her back to vitality," Tristan's dad, Richard Quiring, told the news outlet.

What surprised the family even more was how much Duke and Sophie took to each other, like father and daughter. They even share the same kennel.

The piglet is now considered a family pet and will be kept on the farm as breeding stock, rather than part of the "pork program," said Quiring.

The farm produces Berkshire pigs, grass-fed cattle, and various vegetables.

Check out the adorable dad-daughter duo:

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  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • Duke the German shepherd likes to cuddle with Sophie the piglet on an organic farm in B.C. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/23/dog-piglet-friends_n_5380715.html?1400870639" target="_blank">dog treats the pig</a> —who was born the runt of a litter and wasn't expected to survive — like a daughter.

  • <em>NEXT: Bulldog Adopts Boar Piglets</em>

  • French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin says Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they were brought in Saturday, three days old and shivering from cold. Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said Wednesday as soon as the furry striped piglets were brought in, Baby ran over and started snuggling them and keeping them warm, even though they're already about her size. He says the piglets' mother was likely killed by a hunter and the litter was found abandoned in a forest. The piglets are being bottlefed right now and should be released to an animal sanctuary when they can feed themselves in about three months. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • RETRANSMSION FOR ALTERNATIVE CROP French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin says Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they were brought in Saturday, three days old and shivering from cold. Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said Wednesday as soon as the furry striped piglets were brought in, Baby ran over and started snuggling them and keeping them warm, even though they're already about her size. He says the piglets' mother was likely killed by a hunter and the litter was found abandoned in a forest. The piglets are being bottlefed right now and should be released to an animal sanctuary when they can feed themselves in about three months. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets by employee Norbert Damm at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin says Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they were brought in Saturday, three days old and shivering from cold. Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said Wednesday as soon as the furry striped piglets were brought in, Baby ran over and started snuggling them and keeping them warm, even though they're already about her size. He says the piglets' mother was likely killed by a hunter and the litter was found abandoned in a forest. The piglets are being bottlefed right now and should be released to an animal sanctuary when they can feed themselves in about three months. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin says Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they were brought in Saturday, three days old and shivering from cold. Sanctuary worker Norbert Damm said Wednesday as soon as the furry striped piglets were brought in, Baby ran over and started snuggling them and keeping them warm, even though they're already about her size. He says the piglets' mother was likely killed by a hunter and the litter was found abandoned in a forest. The piglets are being bottlefed right now and should be released to an animal sanctuary when they can feed themselves in about three months. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • <em>NEXT: Dog Nurses Piglets</em>

  • Dog Nurses Piglets

    A dog known as 'Yeti' nurses adopted piglets in Camaguey, Cuba, Friday Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Dog Nurses Piglets

    Eida Fernandez, Santamaria wife, plays with 'Yeti' on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • Dog Nurses Piglets

    Yeti has been pulling double-duty nursing not just her own young but also the 14 piglets. According to the dog's owner Mannorkys Santamaria, no one imposed this on the dog -- the piglets found her on their own and began nursing with her when they were 15 days old.

  • Dog Nurses Piglets

    'Yeti' has taken to the piglets. "When the piglets ventured outside their pen, it seems they smelled the dog's milk and began screaming at her," Fernandes said. "In the beginning we didn't think the dog would let them suckle, but they insisted so much they ended up nursing with her."

  • <em>NEXT: 31 Dogs Who Photobomb Better Than Anyone</em>

  • We'll start this one off with the quintessential group shot dog bomb

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  • What we want is less human face, and more beautiful dog face.

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  • He's just trying to match Dad's expression

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  • Some dogs go to great heights to achieve the perfect bomb.

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  • And some go to great lows.

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  • He's really bummed about the whole part about having to share her "till death do us part."

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  • "My tongue is way more interesting than the side of his face. Seriously."

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  • Double selfie + dog butt selfie = best selfie of all time

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  • Don't. You. Forget. About. Me.

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  • Enter Bo Obama: First Dog AND Pro Photobomber

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  • Oh, he most definitely wants some of that.

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  • A dog's quick and nimble traits serve him well for a photobomb.

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  • "Why are you taking a picture of these ugly shrubs and not taking a picture of me?"

    Credit: <a href="http://imgur.com/2wbpylp" target="_blank">imgur</a>

  • "I am your outfit of the day."

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  • This dog is just simply demonstrating what this couple may do after this photo is taken.

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  • "No one cares about your healthy food. They only care about me."

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  • Here's a vintage gem: On an innocent child's first day of school, this dog decides to go ahead and take a big dump.

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  • He does not care for that shirt one bit.

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  • This couple seems to really be having a ball(s). Yeah, we went there.

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  • Dogs know to have no shame when nature calls.

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  • They also know how to have no shame when you get really horny.

    Credit: <a href="http://i.imgur.com/rjWii.jpg" target="_blank">imgur</a>

  • "I'm the best present of all, though"

    Credit:<a href="http://i.imgur.com/hPbsu.jpg" target="_blank"> imgur</a>

  • And in a feat of pure genius, this one dog managed to photobomb each and every picture of this apartment on Craigslist...

    Credit: <a href="http://laughingsquid.com/dog-photobombs-every-picture-in-craigslist-apartment-listing/" target="_blank">imgur</a>

  • Here he is in the living room.

  • And the dining room.

  • Right there by the bed.

  • We see you there, Craigslist dog bomber. And we applaud you.

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