His Cat Siblings Rejected Him When He Was A Kitten, But The Family Dog Made Him Feel Right At Home!Ashley Maisano
Sometimes it can be really hard for people to make friends. Animals have that problem sometimes too! Four cats named Pony, Tia, Evy and Kittay all get along great. They play together, nap together and act like typical kitties together. But the problem was, they were happy with their little cat group and would not welcome any more in.
They made that very obvious when their human brought home a new little kitten named Dave. They wanted nothing to do with him and rejected him. Kelly Dinham, cofounder of Freedom Hill Sanctuary, an animal haven in South Australia, found Dave and two of his brothers in an old shed on a property. They suspect that a feral cat went into the shed to give birth. She was able to catch the mother cat to spay her, but she didn’t stay to raise her kittens.
Dinham’s mother adopted two of the kittens, while she took Dave, the smallest one, home with her. Dinham believes her other cats didn’t like Dave because they were all older and Dave was a young “annoying” kitten. Although Dave didn’t make friends with the cats, he did find a different best friend there.
Enter Sookie, Dinham’s six-year-old Golden Retriever. The two of them got along great! When the tiny six-week-old kitten first saw Sookie, he jumped right up to her and was completely fearless. He played with her tail and paws, and at first it bothered Sookie, but then she fell in love with him.
Sookie was always gentle and patient with Dave, and the two always played and cuddled together. Sookie was always looking out for Dave and has played quite the mother role for him. Now that Dave is older, he has gotten past his irritating kitty ways and is much mellower. Sookie and Dave still have an incredible bond that has only gotten stronger.
As for the other cats in the house, they still do not like Dave. But as luck would have it, Dinham rescued two more kittens, Mangoes and Tickles, and now Dave finally has some kitty friends who he gets along with! “He adores his new kitten friends,” Dinham told The Dodo, “but Sookie will always hold a special place in his heart.”
Below is Sookie and Dave playing when he was a kitten:
Below are them playing now: