“The Dog Who Needed a Cat” was first published in Angel Animals Story of the Week on June 6, 2008.
THE DOG WHO NEEDED A CAT
By Pamela Golick
When I moved from Michigan to Kentucky, my dog Bailey had recently lost her dog friend. He was stolen. She was very sad and would lie around, looking sad. I tried to get her another dog friend, because in her mourning, Bailey had stopped eating.
She growled at the puppy.
Then I moved and was walking Bailey when a one-eyed cat came up to her. She started rubbing on Bailey, and our dog started wagging her tail. A lady ran out of her house. I said, ” Don’t worry. My dog likes cats. She licks them on the head.”
The lady said that this was a stray cat who just hangs around. The cat followed us home. All the way, Bailey and the cat kept rubbing against each other.
Then Bailey ran in the house and ate two bowls of food. She was happy again. I said, “I guess I have a cat.”
I ask around but couldn’t find anyone who claimed the cat. She was skin and bones.
I named her Pirate just to call her something. I wasn’t planning to keep her till I knew where she belonged. That was six months ago. Now Bailey and Pirate go for walks side by side. People are amazed.
I found out when I had Pirate fixed that she is at least seven years old. She had probably been a stray throughout her life because she weighs less then five pounds.
Pirate needed someone to regularly feed her. Bailey needed help for her sadness. I think it was meant to be. They needed each other.
Pamela Golick lives in Kentucky. She enjoys reading and anything to do with animals. Pamela adopted a Chihuahua who was born without front legs. His name is Happy. Pamela writes that the dog likes to run and is faster than Bailey or Pirate. Bailey now also has another dog friend to play with.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
What interspecies friendships have you witnessed?
Allen and Linda Anderson
ANGEL ANIMALS NETWORK – Where Pets Are Family
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