Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dog saves cat - would you?

Yesterday our mum saw the story of how a cat’s life, here in New Zealand, was saved by blood donated by a dog. She thought the concept of one species helping another like this was pretty amazing, so wanted to share two links to the story (TV3 news and "The New Zealand Herald") and ask what your relationship with cats (or dogs if you are a cat) is like?

I normally just watch my neighbors cats wandering across our property or sauntering up and down beside the fence without much interest. If I had to choose between getting close to a cat or getting some dog food I would choose dog food every time.  

(Here I am trying to ignore a furry beast. Usually 
cats are more interested in me than I am in them)

However Enzo runs as fast as he can to great any cats that come over to visit, then after they get run to the other side of the fence, he runs back and forth beside the fence and woofs as loud as he can at the cat (or cats) on the other side.  This always makes one of the cats return to the fence to try to pat his nose with her paw through the fence palings.

 (Puppy Enzo meeting our grandparent's cat)

(This photo shows the start of Enzo's obsession with cats)

Our mum hears the noise, then rushes outside worried by what Enzo is up to or what he might do. She waves her arms around a lot, and make even louder noises as she calls Enzo away from the fence!  

So what do you do when you see another species close to you, and would you give them your blood? I would help a cat if I could, and my mum says that she would give me her human blood if it helped me, but she is not sure if she wants my blood due the fact that her doctors can get human blood from strangers.



sprinkles said...

My boys are quite yappy about kittehs. I used to have a kitteh though, and Shiver loved to cuddle with him. I'm sure he would have given his blood up for that kitteh, but not for others.

Mitch and Molly said...

We bark like Terriers would and like Enzo does! Give a kitty our blood? The horror!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Wyatt said...

That is a nice story, but we are like Mitch and Molly...probably not gonna happen.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Ted said...

Can't stand 'em! They pad about and don't tell a fellow that they are on their way with a decent Woof/Bark/Growl or what have you. They don't want to sniff or play. Strikes me they think that dogs are beneath them. Give blood? No way!
Mind you I suppose that I'd share my last biscuit if they were starving.

KB Bear said...

I am told that my Shyla was best friends with a cat before she came to live with us. She hasn't seen any housecats since then but I think she'd give her blood to save one.

Great story!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Yes, I'm with Enzo on this one! A cat extracted some blood from my face with her claws a few weeks ago, so I am not in a mind to go the extra mile to help any member of that particular species (except possibly my friend, Blogville Mayoress Madi).
Toodle pip!
PS Gail and I want to thank you, belatedly, for your absolutely awesome suggestion for my hard hat design. A brilliant example of lateral thinking. Look out for my blog post tomorrow in which I shall discuss all the different proposed helmet ideas...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Hello Riley - a pleasure to meet you finally... Thank you for visiting the hat design page at my place - but I have a page directly related to your topic here if you care to visit again? RIGHT HERE!

I loved all the piccies from your winter walk post... am joining up so as not to miss more such lovely things! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Sam said...

Sam has never been fond of cats. I won't go as far as to say he is scared of them, but well...


Mollie said...

Where you bin, wez mizz youz xx0xx
Mollie and Alfie

Mitch and Molly said...

The story of the Barn Raising red wine is really quite boring, Reilly. The bottle is presented to Kevin and his wife Jody and they can do whatever they want with it.
We like the idea of smashing it over the roof ridge!

Love ya lots
Mitch and Molly

challenge coins said...

That is a nice story, but we are like Mitch and Molly...probably not gonna happen.