Everyone has a story behind how they met their best friend. After all, it always has such a unique significance to us all. Whether it was on the first day of elementary school or at the playground, most people never forget how they met their best friend. Well, here we have a unique best friend story that all started out with a heroic rescue.
20. A Walk
Opie the dog was out for a casual walk with his owner, James Roode. It was a typical day and the pair were enjoying being out in nature. That was until Opie started to act strange.
19. Strange Behavior
Opie was walking around as usual until he suddenly sniffed something strange out. Roode couldn’t understand what was going on with his dog. All he knew was that the dog was urgently looking for something in the midst of a field.
Roode continued to attempt to divert Opie but it just didn’t work. Opie refused to give up on the scent of whatever it was he picked it. Then, the dog made a shocking discovery that Roode couldn’t believe.
17. A Newborn
There, hidden from view, was a tiny newborn kitten. The kitten was terribly injured and was covered in maggots. Opie refused to move away from the newborn until his owner did something and that’s exactly what happened.
Upon seeing the poor injured kitten, Roode acted fast. He scooped up the tiny kitten in his hands and went off to find the closest veterinarian. That was a year ago and now the cat, whose name is Roscoe, is best friends with Opie!
15. A Field
“James and Opie were taking a walk out in the field behind where we live” in Ontario, Canada, says Roode’s partner, Lia Spilka. Without Opie’s stern dedication it is hard to believe that the kitten would have survived any longer on its own.
14. A Squeak
“They heard a squeak coming from in the bushes. Opie ran toward it, and James followed. That is when James found Opie beside a log, with Roscoe pinned underneath.” Roscoe was small and crying quite a lot according to Roode’s recollection.
13. The Rescue
“James took his shirt off his back — this was last August — and carried Roscoe inside with his shirt. He tried to clean him up, and then took him to the ER vet in the city,” Lia continued to explain. It was a daring rescue and time was of the essence in this situation.
12. Phone Call
“He called me just before he went, and I told him to get whatever we needed in order to keep this kitten alive,” she says. So how did the kitten do? Was it easy getting him back to a healthy state?
11. Hard Work
The prognosis wasn’t looking good after the vet visit, however, this little kitten refused to give up. His new owners also refused to let him go without a fight. So they all worked hard to get him to a healthy state.
Now, a year later, Roscoe is a happy and healthy cat. He is big and can usually be found playing around with his best friend and hero: Roscoe. The duo are now an inseparable pair…
9. Happy Pals
“Both are healthy and happy. Opie is especially enjoying the summer and spends a lot of his time outdoors,” Spilka said. “Despite this, it is evident that he doesn’t like to be away from Roscoe too long. When he gets back inside, one of the first things he does is check on Roscoe.”
8. Dog-Like Behavior
Spending a lot of time with Opie has also greatly influenced Roscoe’s personality. His owners have stated that Roscoe has begun to incorporate certain dog-like personality traits. It’s almost too funny to believe…
Roscoe has “learned some dog-like behaviors from Opie, like running to greet us at the door,” Spilka informs. It is such a treat for them to be greeted not just by Opie but by Roscoe as well. The couple is also thrilled at how well the two animals get along!
According to Spilka, “The pair “enjoy each other’s company very much. They like to play with each other just like brothers do. They love to chase each other and bat at one another. ”
5. Perfect Friendship
“If they don’t both decide to play at the same time, one is always instigating the other to play. It is clear they were meant to be brothers.” It seems that these two have figured out the way to a perfect friendship!
The friendship shared between Roscoe and Opie is a true inspiration to us all. After all, many of us have been under the constant impression that dogs and cats cannot be friends. Yet, here we have living proof of it being otherwise.
Still, although the story of the friendship between the two is sweet and uplifting, the couple wants people to get more out of it. They want people to realize that rescuing animals can bring a world of delight to your life in a way that you could never imagine.
“The best part about it is spreading awareness about rescuing animals,” Spilka says. “Whether you take a stray in and give it a loving home, or adopt from a shelter. It is so important!
1. New Best Friend
“You never know, your next furry family member might be out there just waiting for loving human parents to come along and save them.” It truly is a hopeful message to leave off on!