No one was surprised when Katie went to the Animal Humane Society to find a cat and also came home with a dog. She wanted a new friend for her lonely cat, Niah. “Pele was purring and wrapping around my legs and really selling herself. I just had little fuzzies in my stomach and knew she was the cat for me,” Katie says. That same day, Katie couldn’t resist visiting the dogs as well. You can guess what happened next—Katie fell in love with a border collie/Australian cattle dog mix named Oliver.
Katie is a busy college student majoring in biochemistry. She says the animals help keep her sane. Pele is often the entertainment. In fact, Katie had to tie the freezer door shut because Pele was somehow prying it open, snagging shrimp and chicken and munching it in the middle of the night. When they lived in a loft apartment, Pele would climb up the half wall beside Katie’s bed and dive bomb her to wake her up. “I always knew to brace myself and pull the covers over my head when she meowed right before her jump. She was just so rambunctious,” Katie says. Now Pele amuses everyone by jumping makeshift fences in the living room.
Oliver is a star student in obedience class, and Katie is excited for him to start agility. He is a great companion to the other pets in the home, including three rats. They roll around the house in their exercise balls with curious but obedient Oliver following close behind. Katie’s thrilled that all of her pets get along and even cuddle together sometimes. Once she moves into a larger house, Katie plans to return to AHS to add another dog to this happy menagerie.
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