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Cat adopts Rottie puppy at Humane Society

Hunter's_owner
February 15th, 2007, 12:30 PM
Check this out:)

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Oddities/070215/K021504AU.html

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007 | 8:56 AM ET
Canadian Press
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - Who says cats and dogs don't get along?

Workers at the Meriden Humane Society are marvelling at a short-haired cat that has adopted a six-day-old Rottweiler puppy rejected by its mother.

The tiny pup, named Charlie by Humane Society volunteers, now nurses alongside a jumble of black and grey kittens recently born to Satin, who was taken to the shelter by an owner unable to care for her.

Charlie's mother was found by the side of the road in Meriden a couple of months ago. She gave birth to two puppies, but one was stillborn. And, as sometimes happens with a stillborn in the litter, the mother refused to accept Charlie.

Volunteers bottle-fed him every two hours, but the effort was exhausting for them and insufficient for the puppy, volunteer Chris Chorney said.

Research indicated that a suitable substitute could be Satin, who had given birth to four kittens that have quickly warmed to Charlie.

"The kittens scrum up with him and the kittens treat him like one of their own," Chorney said. "There's a certain social benefit of small animals being with each other."

Such relationships are not all that unusual in certain circumstances, said Deirdre Chiaramonte, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, a specialty teaching hospital in New York.

The cozy arrangement between Charlie, Satin and the kittens will likely changes as the pup grows. Full-grown male Rottweilers commonly weigh 45 kilograms.

Volunteers are hoping that dog owners will volunteer their puppies to be Charlie's playmates.

"Dogs need to be with a litter of puppies, to learn to play with other dogs," Chorney said. "He has to learn to be a well-socialized dog."

Prin
February 16th, 2007, 01:22 AM
Cool! :lovestruck:

TeriM
February 16th, 2007, 02:45 AM
Awww, that is a wonderful story :cloud9: .