The cat-and-dog fight is so epic it’s spawned countless office debates, ruined many first dates, and launched a three-movie franchise starring the voice of Michael Clarke Duncan. But sometimes opposites attract. In a heartwarming new story, a Vermont woman has shared that her blind dog is being helped around the house by her cat. Read on to learn more about their purr– perfect friendship and hearing more heartwarming stories of cats and dogs helping each other.
So why does this blind dog need a “hero cat”? “A blind dog has found a best friend who will take care of all his needs and help him navigate the world without seeing,” reports the Mirror. “Blaze the German Shepherd mix went blind in 2020, but luckily Satin the cat learned to ‘speak’ to him at home. Robin Wagner, 28, adopted Blaze in 2019 and the first check-up revealed he had vision problems. Vets diagnosed the rescue pup as blind in one eye and warned him that he had lens problems in the other which would deteriorate over time. The couple became inseparable.” Keep reading to see what Satin is doing to help you.
Wagner, a preschool teacher from Burlington, Vermont, told the Mirror: “Blaze going blind caused a huge regression in his social anxiety. He became very anxious and reactive. We had to do a lot of work with coaches to help him regain his confidence.” Satin helped. “The cat and the dog like to hang out in our bed with us. When Blaze jumped up, Satin would walk out of the room before stomping on her. But over time, we noticed that Satin stayed in her place and gave Blaze a nice loud meow. He would stop and walk around her. Every time he walked towards her, she would meow. She would meow and he would stop and redirect himself.
Satin isn’t the only cat that comes to the rescue. Michaella Franlin in Idaho told Idaho News 6 that a strange dog attacked his dog in the garage. “He just looked at me and I look around, where is the owner of this dog?” said Franklin. “Then he saw my dog and he ran into my garage, and my dog kind of crouched down for her safety and he just mauled her.” It wasn’t until her cat ran away and distracted the attacker that her dog was set free. “Bailey is alive today thanks to my cat, Mocha, no doubt about it,” Franklin said.
Newsweek reported a viral video you may have seen. “In the video, a Yorkshire terrier-type dog leads a small kitten down a driveway in the rain. The dog watches the kitten intently as it crosses a puddle and climbs onto the doorstep, before lifting the little cat over the door frame and The rescue took place in 2019 and was reported at the time by T&T media, which said the dog’s owner, Monica Burks, 48, was out to see where her three-year-old dog, Hazel, was after she didn’t return from her ‘toilet’ break.”
To improve your chances of a cat and dog cohabiting peacefully, follow this advice from expert Mikkel Becker: “Dogs that are exposed to cats during their primary socialization period, from around age two to nine weeks, are more likely to be relaxed with cats in their adult life.Breeds with a lower occurrence of predatory behavior may also be less likely to chase after a cat.Keep in mind, however, that even while a dog may be okay with a cat, two or more dogs living under the same roof may prey on each other, creating an increased risk of multiple dogs chasing, seriously injuring or killing the cat,” he said. he declared to Today’s show.