When Dude the pit bull lost his friend, he started grieving, just like a human. However, when he found a new kitten, the dog clearly brightened! Learn all about this incredible duo, in the story we need for 2020…
A Depressed Pit Bull
Julie Burroughs bought Dude the pit bull back in 2015. Since then, the two have been inseparable. Burroughs did an incredible thing, adopting Dude as a puppy from the Caribbean islands. The dog even went through her divorce with her! Meanwhile, outside of the house, over the past few years, Dude made friends with another pit bull, Harley Jane. Sadly, Harley was considerably older and passed away in January. When her visits stopped, Dude went into a deep depression. “I felt really bad for Dude because he was really sad and very mopey,” Burroughs said. “I even tried pheromone collars. I just knew he needed a friend.”
Sadly, Burroughs does not have the time to have another dog in her life right now. However, thankfully, after thinking it through, she decided to purchase Dude a kitten. Soon enough, Ace, a tabby kitten rescued by a local firefighter, became part of the Burroughs family!
As you might expect, Dude and Ace needed to learn to love each other at first. “The first couple weeks were a little interesting getting them used to each other,” Burroughs recalled. In fact, Dude was so excited that Burroughs needed to keep him on a leash at first! However, after a little while, the two became inseparable!
Now, they love getting into trouble with one another. Where once the pit bull was an angel, he now eats treats that Ace steals off the counter! Sometimes they even eat up magazines and recipe cards together! “That’s definitely Ace,” Burroughs said. “I’m sure Dude is now participating in some of that because I don’t think Ace ate the paper, but Dude never would have done anything like that before.”
Ignore Pit Bull Stereotypes
There’s still a bit of a learning curve, especially since Dude will sometimes forget that Ace is just a little kitten. “Sometimes Dude will run after Ace and play with him,” Burroughs said. “Sometimes he just lifts his head up like, ‘Really? What are you doing?'”
Meanwhile, as you might imagine, a new kitten has kept Burroughs quite busy during the pandemic. However, she has a bigger reason for sharing the story of Dude and Ace. The owner also wants others to know that pit bulls are not as scary as stereotypes make them seem. “Harley Jane was my first pit bull and she was the sweetest dog, and I think Dude is even sweeter. He’s such a lover,” Burroughs said. “I’ve always said that our pets find us; we don’t find them. I think that really has held true (for me), especially with these two.”