There are friends and then there are those shadow-selves who will go to any lengths to be with you. They will move mountains and cross oceans to be by your side because you are their person. Heck, you are more than that.

And teaching us that lesson today is this adorable Labrador named Ben, who swims out to the harbour every day to be at his best friend’s side. A dolphin bestie (yes, a dolphin!) that can’t come out of the waters but can definitely greet her loyal companion when he comes paddling away to meet her.

Duggie the dolphin is a resident of the Tory Island in the Atlantic Ocean. When her dolphin mate passed away, she stayed in the waters off the Donegal coast where she lost her partner. However, she soon met Ben, the swimmer champion who returned the lost shine to Duggie’s life.

And since then the two have been inseparable! They spend their days swimming and playing – sometimes for three hours straight! Ben’s owner, Pat Doohan said,

“Occasionally a school of dolphins will go by and she will join them. When I see them I think she will forget the island and go back to her wild ways but she never does.”