I heard one of the funniest stories about crazy animal pairings last week, right up there with that infamous elephant and dog story. (If you haven’t seen this, finish reading this blog first, of course, then grab a hanky and get ready to laugh and cry.) The story I heard was also spawned by a rare pair such as that.
Every Wednesday, I take the SPCA Tampa Bay Pet/s of the Week on WQYK and WILD radio stations and on the Studio 10 daytime program to help get them adopted. Last Wednesday I brought Cottontail the rabbit and Simon the guinea pig and their back story is seriously precious. This unusual pair was brought up together and are best friends. They live and travel in the same cage and in the first 15 minutes I spent with them I watched Simon burrow his tiny furry head into Cottontail’s side and fall asleep, THEN Cottontail used her teeth to pull a blanket over Simon like she was keeping him warm. I about died from the adorableness. (Is that even a word? If not, it totally should be.)
So while the totally awesome twosome and I were hanging out in the radio station’s lobby, one of the employees approached me and when she heard about Cottontail and Simon’s rare friendship she told me she had an even crazier tale to tell. She has an 8 month old Doberman puppy and his best friend is, (drumroll please)…a frog. How hilarious is that??
She told me it started a few months ago when she woke up to find her puppy had a new addition in his crate in the form of a sleeping frog. Thinking the reptile had seriously wandered off course from her backyard, through the open sliding glass doors and through the crate’s bars, (and had gotten seriously lucky that he hadn’t become breakfast for the Doberman,) she shooed the little guy back into the yard and didn’t give it another thought.
That is, until the next morning when she discovered the same strange scene. This continued for a couple of weeks. She’d put the frog outside each day but he’d unfailingly show back up each morning, either in the crate, in the dog’s food dish, and once, even on the landing of the staircase like he was headed up to their bedroom for a little snuggle. At first, she was just puzzled and a little amused, then she remembered hearing about some kind of toad that was poisonous to dogs, and she got pretty freaked out.
That’s when she got serious about the relocation process and had her husband take the frog several yards down to drop him off. Can you guess what happened next? They then took the frog a whole block away, (do you know just how far that distance is for a frog??) but that persistent little bugger still found his way back somehow and was waiting next to his best friend to greet them the next day. At that point, she gave in. She did some research and determined the frog wasn’t the poisonous kind and considering the lengths he was willing to go to be with her puppy, she figured what was the harm? Sometimes there’s just no standing in the way of BFF’s.
That story got me thinking about the various pairings-up of my animals. Unfortunately, none of my pets are BFF’s or really even FF’s. They basically just all tolerate each other, but occasionally I’m happily surprised to see two of them chumming around. The cutest coupling is Louie and Sweetie. Since he spent his first few years as a feral cat with very little interaction or affection, Sweetie takes forever to warm up to anyone, two-legged or four-legged. So the first time I stumbled upon Sweetie purring contentedly while Louie licked and groomed his head, I freaked out and took about a hundred pictures. I took double that number when I discovered the tables had turned and Sweetie was the one doing the grooming on Louie. They don’t do it very often, and sometimes it devolves into a catfight, but it still thrills me every time I catch them cuddling up.
Louie must be a stickler for cleanliness because another pairing I’ll run across from time to time is Louie and our dog Maho. When they’re not chasing each other for fun or struggling for the second in command position of power in the house, (Rhett being, of course, the long-running, undisputed head of the household,) Maho will suddenly decide that Louie’s crazy long hair needs to be tamed by her doggie tongue. Louie will lay there for a good minute, meowing sweetly while Maho laps at him like he’s a peanut butter bone. But after that first minute, Louie’s tolerance takes a nosedive and his meows get increasingly more annoyed until they become more of a warning signal that he’s about to unleash his paws of fury. Maho usually takes no notice at all and keeps right on licking until the inevitable happens and she takes an actual ‘lickin” from Louie.
And finally, even though Rhett rarely hangs out with any of his fellow animals, he would sometimes deign to pair up with his late sister Ally to take on a bigger enemy: The dog. None of the cats were thrilled when we brought Maho home as a 10 week old puppy, but as the two oldest and most set in their way of the bunch, Rhett and Ally were the most up in arms. Sometimes it wasn’t enough for them to take her on one on one, so they’d gang up on her just to make sure she was well aware of their disdain. It was quite comical to see Maho go flying by and a second later, Rhett and Ally running in tandem after her, hissing and howling and generally raising heck.
If you have any crazy animal couple tales to tell, we’d love to hear about them on the Adopt-a-human facebook page. The page promotes the adoption of shelter cats and the more friends and interaction on the site, the more animals’ lives we can save!