For years, a cat named Baby Grey had an unlikely best friend: a little white dog named Gracie.
Gracie was an American Eskimo dog who lived with her owner Shea Belew Brennaman in Decatur, Alabama. Brennaman got Gracie when she was a puppy, and the dog quickly showed that she was a smart, caring animal.
When Gracie was just eight months old, she saved Brennaman from a water moccasin. Gracie would truly do anything for the people and animals she loved!
Gracie loved hanging out in her backyard more than anything else in the world. She loved making friends with all the animals who passed through the yard, from rabbits to squirrels.
One day, Baby Grey hopped over the fence between their houses. Gracie’s tail started wagging as she saw the cat walking over.
“Gracie accepted her into our yard immediately and the two became fast friends,” Brennaman told The Dodo.
Baby Grey started coming into Gracie’s yard more and more. Gracie always looked forward to the cat’s visits. The two spent their time sunbathing and enjoying snacks together.
“We would leave Gracie tomatoes on our porch, as they were her favorite treat, and she would share them with the cat, which was a huge deal because Gracie was very particular about sharing food,” Brennaman said.
In October 2017, Brennaman noticed that 12-year-old Gracie was starting to get tired easily, and she was also moving much slower than usual. Brennaman took Gracie to the vet and learned the dog had terminal cancer. Brennaman was devasted by the news—she couldn’t imagine losing her sweet dog.
Gracie spent her last month of life in her favorite spot: the back porch. Baby Grey came by almost every day. They laid down next to each other and enjoyed the time they had left together.
“Baby Grey came to see her several times in her last days,” Brennaman said. “They had that kind of connection where nothing needed to be said or done. They just wanted to be with each other.”
Gracie passed away in November 2017, about a month after her diagnosis. But Baby Grey didn’t stop coming by after Gracie left. In fact, she started showing up outside Brennaman’s window every day. She would stare inside for about 20 minutes, looking for Gracie. When Gracie didn’t appear, she would lay down in the spot where she and Gracie usually napped together.
It has now been more than a year since Gracie passed away, but Baby Grey still comes to Brennaman’s house a few times a week. She’ll always look in the window for a few minutes before napping on the porch.
Brennaman is touched by Baby Grey’s dedication to Gracie. It shows her that the dog and cat truly had a special bond.
“It breaks my heart to see Baby Grey still looking for Gracie,” Brennaman said, “but at the same time it gives me so much hope that these two animals had such a strong bond.”
Baby Grey and Gracie are a sweet pair who care about each other more anything! We’re so glad these two got to spend so many happy years together.
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h/t: The Dodo