This has nothing to do with Tolkien (except maybe as a very distant reference to his talking animal characters that have the emotional range of people), but just in case anyone missed it, there's a great little story available on line about the friendship between an elephant and a dog at a sanctuary for retired elephants in Hohenwald, Tennessee (U.S.A.). It appeared on CBS on January 2.
If you're a fan of animal stories that show off their intelligence and capacity for love, you'll like this article and video. Both are short. Find them here.
If you don't want to see the video that illustrates the article, below is just the text: