Milly and the Kitty

January 2, 2012  

A young Staffordshire Terrier becomes fast friends with the family cat

By Mary Ketch

In January 2009, I found myself dogless for the first time in more than 15 years. Previously, I had two Labrador/Collie mixes, a mother and daughter, and one mixed breed. They had all died of old age, and I was broken hearted. My place was so silent and empty. Everyone was offering me pups for sale, but I always said that “if I was meant to have another dog it would find me.”

The lonely months passed and I thought, or hoped, I’d wake up one morning and find some poor stray on my doorstep, looking for a good home. You might ask why I didn’t just go to a shelter and adopt, but at that time I had a lot going on, so I didn’t go looking.

In September, my daughter’s friend’s Staffordshire Terrier had a litter, and he was giving one to my grandson. Ignorant of the breed, I thought that they were unsuitable for kids and I advised my daughter against taking the puppy. As usual, she ignored my advice and a few weeks later I walked into her house to be met by a puppy chasing a sweeping brush. I went on the Internet and educated myself on breed, but the bottom line was that Karen and her kids were out almost every day, and the puppy was left home alone a lot.

I decided to take Milly, then called Zara, down to my house for a few hours. I bathed her in the sink, and that night she slept in my bed! As they say, the rest is history.

My cat Patsy was about 9 or 10 at the time – she was the kitten of a stray – and was bigger than the puppy, so they settled in very well together.

Milly loves the world. She wags her tail and gets excited when total strangers come in our gate and knock at the door! She wants to stop and be petted by everyone we meet out walking – you’d think she got no love at home! She loves the kids to bits and has to be in the middle of whatever is going on, but she is just as happy to sit on their laps and watch television.

Milly hasn’t realized yet that she has grown up and is now quite a big, heavy dog! She balances herself on my lap sitting on a kitchen chair. She really is just like a naughty child if I’m not giving her my complete attention. When I’m on the phone, she chews up cushions and tea towels or tries to rifle through my pockets for tissues!

She can be quite jealous of Patsy if she thinks I’m giving the cat more attention or treats than she is getting. When she plays with Patsy, she encloses her under her belly with all four of her legs but never hurts her. Sometimes I come into the room and find them curled up together in Milly’s bed, but I’m not yet quick enough with the camera to a get picture. They jump up as if they don’t want me to know that they’re so friendly!

As you can see, Milly likes to keep the pecking order on track – I’m top dog, next Milly, and then Patsy. But you can also see that they share things and keep secrets from me – a lot of whispering goes on! That’s my story and, needless to say, I love them both to bits!

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4 Responses to “Milly and the Kitty”
  1. penguincat says:

    My Staffordshire bull terrier and my cat where the same. Harley the Staffy which I adopted from the local animal shelter he would allow the cat to sleep on it. No fights or anything the cat didn’t mind the dog and the dog didn’t mind the cat. Harley was 5-8 years old when we adopted him and the cat was 17 years old at the time. If Staffy’s or any dog really are trained or brought up with a kitty they can be great pals.

  2. sillyfox4lyfe says:

    I run a rescue called Pitties And Their Kitties and I thought this would be cute on our facebook and with captions, so let the owners of these pics know I borrowed them. So check it out,