Sometimes, when an animal loses its sight or hearing, it adapts quickly and doesn’t seem to even notice its infirmities.
Many times the circumstances of the loss make a big difference in how quickly the rehabilitation goes. An animal that has the support of its humans will more quickly adapt to its new normal than one that is alone and frightened.
Sometimes, animals will help each other out when a healthy one sees another animal in distress.
When a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Terfel came to the attention of Anne Cragg, she rushed to his aid. He had been owned by a very abusive person who, when Terfel was just a puppy, threw him into a wall destroying his sight and severely damaging his hearing.
Terfel had lived a lonely, sad and frightened life until Anne came to his aid. In his previous life, his owners had not cared that he was frightened and they had done nothing to make life better for him.
Anne changed all that! She gave him a warm place to sleep and made sure he knew that he would never again be abused.
Still, however, Terfel refused to try to lead anything like a normal life. He laid in his blanket, afraid to move about for fear of bumping into things.
Then one day, Anne heard about a little cat that was in need of rescue. And, Pwditat (we are assuming that is pronounced “Puddy-Tat” as in “I thought I saw a…”) came to live with Anne and Terfel.
Pwditat had gotten quite a reputation for being a bully to other cats. But, once he met Terfel, his being a bully was forgotten.
“Pwditat immediately seemed to know that Terfel is blind through some sort of sixth sense that animals have,” said Anne, according to ABC 13.
He apparently sensed that Terfel needed him, and he was ready for action as a seeing-eye-cat.
At first, Terfel wasn’t having any part of it. He was tolerant of Pwditat’s advances, but he refused to let the little cat force him out of his safety zone.
Then, one day, Terfel got up and followed Pwditat for a few steps. Soon, he was following the little cat not only around the house but outside and into the garden.
For six years now, Terfel and Pwditat have been inseparable. They walk about all day together, Terfel for the first time in his life being able to actually enjoy his life instead of just exist through it.
At night, they snuggle into Terfel’s basket, their body heat keeping each other warm and comfy. Anne says that wherever you see one of them, you see the other. Terfel’s nose usually touching Pwditat’s tail as he follows him about, confident that Pwditat won’t let him bump into anything.
These two unlikely best friends prove that everyone has a soul-mate somewhere. And when you find yours, you need to hold on tight.
Source: NTD TV