It's the beginning of a new year, and couldn't we all use a heartwarming story to get us off to a solid start? This story is about friendship -- an unlikely one, but a friendship nonetheless.
When 8-year-old Terfel, a Labrador mix, was diagnosed with cataracts, his future seemed bleak. Terfel was likely to spend his remaining years bumping into things or not straying far from his familiar dog bed. But all that changed when his owner, Judy Godfrey-Brown, let a stray cat into the house and named her Pwditat. No one could have predicted what came next.
The cliche "fighting like cats and dogs" suggests that dogs and cats cannot be friends -- in fact, it suggests they'll fight. But that is not at all what happened between Terfel and Pwditat: They were instant buddies. Pwditat even became Terfel's seeing-eye-cat, if ever such a thing existed.
Godfrey-Brown said that Pwditat seemed to instantly understand that Terfel is blind and wanted to help him. Pwditat uses her paws to lead Terfel around the house and the garden. Anne Cragg, a friend of Godfrey-Brown's who took over looking after Terfel and Pwditat when Godfrey-Brown had to go in the hospital, said that "they're fantastic friends; they really love each other." Cragg said, "They are glued to each other and even sleep together now."
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