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Pippin was a brute — a 12 pound bully in fighting-fit shape. He tormented 8 pound Victoria mercilessly. Despite our best attempts to keep the two cats separated, Pippin would attack whenever the opportunity arose. Eventually (for this and other reasons), we had to find Pippin another home. Victoria was in seventh heaven. At last she was an only pet, and she loved it.
Then Apollo arrived. He is 80+ pounds of exuberance in the shape of a young boxer. When he entered our home, he was in no way aggressive toward Vicky, but I wouldn’t exactly call him respectful. Yet, the two of them are best friends. Vicky routinely “head bonks” Apollo and taps him with her paw when he doesn’t realize she’s nearby. Apollo loves to lick Vicky, and though I can’t say she looks thrilled to be covered in boxer slobber, she has never reprimanded him for doing so.
The unlikely friendship between my young, muscle-bound boxer and tiny, elderly kitty makes me smile.
There’s a new book out that showcases pictures and stories of love from the animal kingdom. It’s called True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection. It includes:
The picture on the cover of the book even reminds me a little bit of Victoria and Apollo.
Check out the Huffington Post for more delightful pictures from the book.
What’s your experience? Do your pets love one another?
Dr. Jennifer Coates writes for PetMD