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How One Dog Became a Kitten Nanny

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Here's a testament to the friendship between cats and dogs – a story about ' Boots,' a Chow-Golden Retriever mix who was one of 300 animals rescued and treated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After recovering from his initial injuries, Boots was adopted by an EAMT volunteer. She noticed right away how well Boots and her cats got along, which is why he was recruited to be a kitten babysitter at a kitten nursery, based in Arizona, which cares for kitties at the young ages of 5-8 weeks old.

Since "well-behaved cats have a better shot at being adopted," Boots is there to help the baby kittens adapt and interact safely with potential canine friends in future homes. He is so even-tempered, the kittens feel safe interacting him, and Boots doesn't seem to mind their little paws one bit.

A feline welfare specialist, Liz Truitt, says of Boots "He's been an unofficial nanny for us. When he came into the nursery, he was the perfect dog for this role, because he's so laid-back. He doesn't care about what the kittens do. He doesn't get excited. He doesn't get in their face. He just basically lets them come to him on their terms. It's the perfect first interaction with a dog for these guys."

How cute is this picture!? Awwww! This story is just precious!

Photo Credit: Paw it Forward


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