Special cat heals troubled dog in a tale of unusual friendship

An unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog proves eternal.
Special cats and troubled dogs can get along. © Krista Mangulsone. Unsplash

It is something of a common notion that dogs and cats don’t get on. But given the right environment, the space to get to know each other and plenty of long walks any old Spike can learn to love a Tom. In Maine County (US) a troubled dog and a special cat had just such an upbringing and learned to love each other like siblings.

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Shirley Y (her name hidden for privacy) loved to take her two dogs Odie and Joey on long hikes. Eight years ago while out together in the middle of nowhere they came across a little nervous kitten; without hesitation Shirley took the stray home and christened her Leeloo.

Shirley noticed how Leeloo’s bond with Odie and Joey went from strength to strength, and how the trio was soon inseparable; it was as though the three of them had been separated at birth and were now reunited. When Odie died of old age a few years later, closely followed by Joey, Shirley and Leeloo were devastated.

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Brody meets Leeloo for the first time

Shirley soon adopted another dog: a small Jack Russell Terrier rescue dog called Brody. Things did not go as well as she hoped due to the fact that Brody had some behavioural problems and was a dog that didn’t enjoyed the company of cats. ‘He’s a tough kid who had no rules all his life,’ Shirley told The Dodo.

However, it was obvious that due to Leeloo’s past relationship with Odie and Joey, cat was more taken with dog. So instead of sending the troubled Brody back to the rescue centre Shirley persisted and helped them to get to know each other.

 

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The pair’s gelling was painfully slow and it wasn’t until Shirley took Leeloo and Brody out for the sort of long walks she enjoyed with the other dogs that things started to fall into place. ‘It took a lot of work but slowly Brody was impressed by Leeloo,’ Shirley recalled. ‘He has probably never seen a cat who hikes before and shows him so many adventures yet to be had.’

Today they are inseparable. Brody’s troubled past is behind him and that’s all thanks to Leeloo.

Read also: Rescue dog tries first hikes and can’t stop smiling for hours!

Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.