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My friend's dog is a hero of the day!

My friend told this story about her dog.

She has an orange tabby cat named Marble that is almost nineteen years old. They got this cat when she was five years old, when he was just two weeks old, and she and her mother and sister bottle fed him and his sister. His sister died a few years ago but he is still healthy and, though he is mostly a lazy old cat, he is still very loving and is affectionately called "Grandpa" or "Old Man". Now that he's older, he spends most of his time inside and uses a litter box but he does enjoy laying under the tree in their yard when the weather is nice. She also has a 52 pound Heinz 57 mutt dog named Gypsy and a little poodle and she lives with her mother, who has a little Maltepoo.

Yesterday morning, the cat went outside when she walked the dogs. He curled up underneath the tree and she called the dogs in but left him out to enjoy the spring weather. She went out to look for him a few minutes later and couldn't find him. She and her mother called for him several times during the day, looked all over the yard and their cul-de-sac but they didn't find him. At about two in the morning, it got chilly and they were really worried. They were afraid that he had just gone off to die, like elderly cats tend to do, like his sister had. My friend decided to take one last attempt to find him before she went to bed. She took a flash light and Gypsy, who is good at finding things with her nose and has found him before when he has gone missing. She looked around the front and back yard, the cul-de-sac, down the street, in the neighbor's yard, and had no luck.

She was about to give up and go inside when Gypsy started sniffing at the treeline. Their house is surrounded on three sides by woods. The dog sniffed around and then took off into the woods. She could hear her sniffing around and started to follow her, even though it was pitch dark and couldn't see. Behind her house is a slope into the woods and then a steep hill and shelf with a three foot drop and then a small creek. She couldn't see much with the flashlight so she went as far as the slope before she stopped and heard Gypsy run down the hill even further. The dog got really quiet for a minute before she started to bark her head off. She called the dog because she thought that she treed a squirrel but Gypsy was insistent. She slid down the steep embankment, through the trees and the briars in the pitch dark. She got turned around for a bit because the dog stopped barking and she couldn't see anything but Gypsy ran to her, wagging her tail and running circles around her, beckoning her to follow. She was able to follow the dog and called Marble again. When he heard her, he started to yowl and she found him with the beam of her flashlight. Gypsy was sitting beside him, wagging her tail and nuzzling him excitedly. He was almost to the creek, a good ways from the house and he was trapped underneath a briar bush. My friend decided that he must have decided to take a walk to the creek, like he often does when he gets thirsty but doesn't want to come in yet, and some how got under the briar patch and couldn't get back out. She had to dig him out (and cut herself up pretty badly in the process) but she managed to carry him up the hill safely. As soon as they were safely on the porch, Gypsy jumped up to sniff and lick her kitty and he nuzzled the dog and purred. He was scratched up, exhausted, and dehydrated and he spent the rest of the night on her mother's bed sleeping but now he is fine. My friend's hands, arms, legs, and face were scratched up by the thorns but she will survive. Gypsy was rewarded with some ham scraps, a bone, and a lot of praise.

Who says that dogs and cats can't get along?

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Cowgirl_Coyote

Asked by Cowgirl_Coyote at 6:19 AM on May. 15, 2013 in Pets

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Answers (13)
  • Oh my! What a lovely story to wake up to. Thank you very much for posting this. Your friend and her dog are both heroes!
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 8:16 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Nice story, but talk about detail overload! That entire story could have been told just as well in less than 10 sentences.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:18 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • That's a beautiful story. What an absolutely wonderful doggy. It always sees me happy to see canines and felines getting along, haha.

    We have a dog and two cats, and the way our dog has always been with them is incredible. She is SO intentionally gentle with them. They'll play "tag," where they chase each other through the house, or hide and seek where the cats will go running and wait for her and pounce her or have her come to them. They all curl up in the living room near each other and "talk" to each other. Our younger, male, cat will go up to her mewing at her and rubbing on her, and I've seen her giving both of them kisses, lol. The cats actually end up accidentally being too rough with her sometimes, but she's never gone too far with them. You can see her, when they play, putting her mouth on them, but she just BARELY touches them whens he does it. They're like her babies, haha. :D
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:48 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Great story!
    Alisim

    Answer by Alisim at 8:52 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Lucky cat.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:25 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Great story and what a lucky pair of good friends. I'm glad all ended well and everyone is safe and home.
    Nos4

    Answer by Nos4 at 10:36 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Absolutely beautiful! What a good dog and a lucky cat.
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 11:32 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • i love my dogs so much
    live.the.life.

    Answer by live.the.life. at 11:33 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • Bump
    live.the.life.

    Answer by live.the.life. at 11:33 AM on May. 15, 2013

  • good story
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:21 PM on May. 15, 2013

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