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Dog Helps Save Drowning Cat

Dog Helps Save Drowning Cat

We’re used to the expression “they’re fighting like cats and dogs.” But Chloe, a 22-pound pug, and Willow, her Siamese cat sister, challenged that old dog-and-cat-rivalry stereotype last week when one helped save the other’s life.

The duo’s parents, Amanda and Ron Bjelland, walked their pets as usual to pick up the morning newspaper. When they returned to the house, Chloe followed her owners inside, while Willow stayed back to explore in the backyard.

About five minutes later, Chloe started crying at the glass door leading to the back yard. Bjelland let the dog out, but Chloe’s barking and crying persisted.

Eventually Bjelland heeded Chloe’s alarm and followed the dog to the family’s koi pond, where they found Willow struggling to escape the frigid waters. She had fallen through a hole in the ice-covered pond. Her owners surmise that she may have been in the freezing water for up to twenty minutes.

Her owner rescued the shivering cat and rushed her into the house to warm her up, and Chloe was rewarded for her vigilance with a special bone. Good job Chloe!

Willow and Chloe were already eating, playing and napping together before the incident. Now they are even closer.

Do you have any of your own stories about cats and dogs getting along?

Source: The Dickinson Press.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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11:07AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Great story.

4:49AM PDT on May 18, 2014

After my dog had an operation to remove cancerous growths, my cat curled up with her and purred her to sleep each night :-)

6:42AM PDT on May 17, 2014

Great story !

Thank you .

5:46AM PDT on May 17, 2014

Good doggy! I bet they're really good friends now! Nice story...

12:03PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Heres a dog hero.No we have things evened out.

11:01AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Since I have so many pups in my house, I don't allow all of them out to walk at the same time. If one of them comes back early, or there's any other problem, my dogs all let me know. When you become part of their "pack" they do look after each other. Great story!

6:33AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Sweet story :) I also have a Pug and a Siamese cat.

11:59PM PDT on May 15, 2014

Lucky thing he didn't ignore the dog's barking and crying. Willow had a guardian angel named Chloe.

6:04PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

wonderful story.......

5:49PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Dogs are so wonderful. I wish I had one.

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