Originally Posted by Liza24
i love both dogs AND cats. I love my cats alot, they sleep with me, watch tv with me, and all around lovers.
But there is something to be said to take a best friend on a good long walk, or just go out and play catch.
I used to date a guy that had a Italian Mastiff , Cane(male) and a Rottweiler(female) Diamond.
Cane had notches on his collar for stray cats, since we had lived in the country. It wasent something that ould be helped, as we had a 1/2 acre pen, and it had trees in it, and the cats would go INTO the pen!!! not to bright.
well, i was ALWAYS a cat lover, so i wanted a big tom. I told my SO at the time, and he said, you KNOW how cane is. I said, well, we have that lil chicken coup in the backyard, he can stay there till hes old enough. then we will have to cordinate when we let the dog out, to when the cat would be.
So he said OK. we found an ad in the paper for barn kittens, and went to look. there was this ADORABLE lil male american bobcat kitten. he was fiesty!! So i said HIM. we took him home, and TRIED to keep him in the house. NO worky,lol. He went EVERYWHERE but the litter ( he was prob 7-8 weeks old) So we set him up in the chicken coup, which was a old shed with a chicken wire fense around a "deck" on the outside of it. he was happy there, had a great time taunting the dog from the safety of inside.
One day, Cane and diamond were outside, and i didnt know it as i went to feed Tom Tom( real origional i know!). I was inside feeding him, and Cane burst though my legs. I was in shock, trying to grab the kitten.
NO worries! the kitten reacted to Cane faster then Cane knew what it was. Tom Tom latched himself AROUND canes muzzle!! I was laughing SOOOO Hard!! Tom was hissing and spitting, and poor Cane was looking at me like " get it off, get it off , get it OFF!!" . I took Tom Tom off cane, and cane ran for the hills. I knew then Tom Tom and Cane had it in for each other.
When Tom Tom was older, and could get out of the coup, he would roam, and come home the MINUTE he heard the screen door slam, that most the time meant food to him,lol. Most the time, i would yell for him, and tell him , CANES COMING. he knew then to scoot!
One day, i watched as Tom Tom suned himself on the huge rocks near the dog pen. he would stick his tail IN the pen, and wait for Cane. Once Cane got there, he would retract it, like he was TAUNTING Cane!!! it was a game for them. They did this day in and day out.
The dogs had a 1/2 acre pen, and 1/4 of it was a enclosed porch, with a doggy door. Tom would yell for Cane in the am, and they would run near each other, outside the pen several times a day. After a while, Cane grew to like Tom as a friend, i was shocked!!
One day, Cane was in the pen, and there was Tom, in the tree, IN THE PEN. I was freakin, thinkin he was signing his death wish. but nope, he was teasing Cane. Diamond al this time never gave tom the time of day.
A few weeks later, Cane was sleeping on the porch, and Tom Tom was sleeping WITH HIM. i was again freakin, but again, they settled me by acting like friends!!!
for weeks, then months, then years, they did this, Cane would share the porch with Tom, since the porch was heated in the winter.
On thanksgiving day one year, we woke up early, let Cane and Diamond out, then came back to be. INSTANTLY cane wanted back in, so we let him. He came over to my SO, and was crying. and he smelled like cat pee. At first my SO thought the worst, and went to check. HE let Cane back into the porch, and Cane led him to Tom. Tom was dead, but not by Cane. cane was laying by him, crying, nudging him. So went to check Tom, and found that someone had done something HORRIBLE to him. he was missing his face :cry:.
So we looked all over, and in the driveway, was poor toms face, alng with another cats body. We NEVER found who did it. and Cane never got over the loss of his friend, and never liked another cat.
I just couldnt believe a dog that HATED cats could have such a soul-mated friend like that. To bad they didnt have more time together. Tom was the best cat i could have EVER asked for, and i miss him alot. this happened only 8 years ago.
Sorry so long winded, sweet memories and all........