No one knows where or when you’ll meet your soulmate, but most people believe they are out there somewhere. Well this abused rescued dog found his. He was adopted by Joanne Tester, who knew that because of his past, having him around other animals, especially small ones, was going to be tricky.
Fastfeet, is his name now, came from a dog racing crew in New South Wales, Australia. He was injured and no longer able to race, so they gave the dog up to the Animal Welfare League. He spent a few months there recovering and rehabilitating, but he eventually was available for adoption.
Tester has other rescue animals at her home, many of them smaller animals. Due to a race dog training practice called “baiting,” having a former racing dog around these other small animals may trigger an instinct to chance and kill the small animal. Thus, why it’s called baiting.
They didn’t know what would happen when he would meet one of the other smaller family members.
It took about a year for Fastfeet to become acclimated with the idea of having “siblings.” However, one day something really special happened. Something Tester didn’t really think would ever happen.
“I just let one of my cats out so he could see her, and I could see Fastfeet’s reaction,” Joanne told The Dodo in an interview. “He had his muzzle on and a lead, and I sat with him on the lounge. As soon as he saw the cat, he wanted to chase her. I don’t know if he would have hurt her, but he definitely showed too much interest in her.”
And to get use to a cat took another year! He eventually did, and things really seemed to be going well. The cats could walk up to him, and he didn’t seem to want to give the same chase as before. He was much calmer now.
There was one cat in particular that Fastfeet seemed to like most. A small foster cat called Indi. Indi was rescued by CtRescue911. She had been found wandering the streets of Sidney alone, with the flu. She was so badly infected in her eyes, they had to be removed.
When Indi was first brought into the house, she was kept isolated from the other animals while she healed up from her surgery. But Fastfeet wanted to be close to her. He would repeatedly sneak into Indi’s room, and the two would just hang out together. As Indi became more allowed to interact with the other animals, it became clear that the two had become a bonded pair.
They love playing together in the garden and the yard. Their favorite thing was to cuddle. They take every chance they can get to just be together. When Indi got scared by some car noises, she went right to Fastfeet for protection; and laying in the sun seems to be a specialty for these two.
So, the old adage that there is someone out there for everyone must be true. If an old racing dog and a blind rescue cat can find love, then we suppose that anyone can. You just have to wait until you find that special someone that completes you.
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