Once Terrified Of Dogs, This Rescued Cat Is Loving And Living More And More Each Day
It was nothing short of a miracle. Ariel remained calm around Ollie, who investigated his new furry friend before finding a comfy corner of a new bed to snuggle up into.
“He just plopped down on his new bed next to Ariel’s bed, and they’ve been great friends ever since,” Pitcher said. “[Ariel’s] such a calming presence, and I think she really just helped him out.”
The pair become a trio, and the adventures Pitcher used to take on with Ariel haven’t slowed down with the addition of Ollie. He likes a good hike, and Pitcher helps him come along by placing him in a specially made backpack when his paws are tired of walking.
It turns out that carrying a cat along on a journey through the Adirondacks is much more preferable to receiving icy stares from one as you walk away. Pitcher learned this lesson the hard way.
“He just seemed really mad every time we would leave,” Pitcher said. “He’d run to the door, and, when we went outside, he’d go to the window that overlooks where I park my car, and you’d see him in the window just staring down at us.”
Along with hiking through New England, Ollie, Ariel, and Pitcher have been kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing.
“[Ollie’s] never tried running away,” Pitcher said. “He literally just chases after [Ariel]. As long as she’s there, he’s pretty cool and just wants to be involved.”
While it’s not uncommon for rescue pets to turn over a new leaf, finally receiving the love they deserve, it’s rare that severe behavioral issues related to fear and anxiety can be cured so quickly.
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