Tuesday, March 9, 2010

♥Sweet kitty saved from pond by her little Pug FURend♥

Bob Zellar/AP Amanda Bjelland's early morning stroll turned scary on Feb. 25.

The Montana resident usually starts each day with a walk to the mailbox at the end of her property accompanied by her two best friends: Chloe, 6, a female pug, and Willow, 1, an indoor Siamese mix cat.

"We do this around 6 am while it is still dark outside," Bjelland, a receptionist in the radiation dept. of a Billings health care facility, tells PEOPLEPets.com. But something was off that day when came back inside the house, "Chloe walked to the back door and started crying," she recalls.

Bjelland quickly opened the door so Chloe could run outside. Soon the pug started barking and circling around in a banner of excitement -- a sign that something was definitely wrong.

Bjelland, whose husband Ron, was just waking up, noticed that Willow was not in the house and ran down the steps behind the house to find Chloe circling around their koi pond, which is 12 by 22-ft. The 3-ft. deep pond normally attracts birds, rabbits, raccoon and deer.

"I was horrified to see that Willow had fallen through the ice and was struggling to get out," Bjelland tells PEOPLEPets.com. "Chloe was telling us that her sister was stuck on ice chunks."

Instantly, Bjelland, crying and frightened, grabbed little Willow, who is declawed on the front paws, and pulled her out of the pond that had partially thawed from a couple of unusual 40 degree days.

Warming her little kitten in towels, Bjelland held Willow in her arms, but the cat was not interested in cuddling. She was freezing cold.

On most winter mornings, Willow could walk on the ice covering the pond because it was frozen solid. So when she chased a rabbit after their mailbox walk, she immediately fell through the melted ice.

"Finally, Willow shook her paws to get rid of the excess water and I could tell she was feeling better," says Bjelland. "For the next two days she was lethargic, but by the third day she was feeling fine."

Chloe was elated that her sister was alive and well. She ran around excited and barking in a happy frenzy.

"Chloe was as happy as we were that everything turned out alright," Bjelland says. "She is a good dog. And she loves to sleep with Willow each night. They absolutely adore each other."


Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Oh what a great story!! We loved it and are so glad the kitty was saved by her best furiend!!
Your TX furiends,

Kas said...

What a lucky story and a lucky cat.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

OMC, what a good puppy!!

Ayla and Iza, said...

That happened ta LC once. Fortunately, The Big Thing was watchin her an ran out to get her out of the pond. That's why she tole us ta allus have TBT watchin when we are outside!

Jacqueline said...

What a wonderful story!!...Thank goodness Chloe was watching out for her best friend, Willow...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Angel and Kirby said...

Great story. Thanks for sharing!

Eric and Flynn said...

We are very glad the pug was able to save her kitty friend.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We heard this one before - that pug is a wonderful hero!

meowmeowmans said...

What a lovely story!

Ginger Jasper said...

Thats just so lovely... HUgs GJ xx

K9friend said...

What a sweet story. Love your blog design!

I've signed on as a follower and would love it if you did the same over at Critter Alley,


Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Yay for good furry friends! We're so glad that Willow was saved and is feeling better!

Charlemagne and Tamar

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

To think that old grizzled Pug fought to save his friend...I just want to send hugs to that special dog!

Everycat said...

What a wonderful dog Chloe is, saving his friend!

But what was a declawed cat doing outside? (if she hadn't been declawed she'd probably been able to pull herself out of the water)