This is about Cleo, a pure white cat that we belonged to for about 17 years. Her most endearing charm was her relationship with Heidi and Brutus. Cleo loved them both and was almost always with one or the other, usually sleeping curled up between Heidi’s legs.
This threesome took care of each other. When Cleo gave birth to her kittens, Heidi thoroughly cleaned each before gently returning them to Cleo’s breast. We were constantly amazed by the care shown by the dogs for their companion Cleo. Brutus was not big enough to get his head in Cleo’s box, but he never took his eyes off both the kittens and Cleo.
Although Lenette and I did not consider their wonderful relationship as an example that held vital importance in human relationships at the time, it was. Even so, perhaps we learned something applicable to what we humans need from each other. How, front and center, their example was to us then and remains to this day.
Readers may remember the dog and cat fight I wrote about in “Events Dictate.” If not, I suggest you find it. It describes what happened when Heidi and Cleo came to Brutus’s aid. I was in the middle of the melee and witnessed their complete dedication to their friend. While we may regard this as a “human quality,” it appears to apply equally to the animal kingdom.
Love surrounds us all—It comes out but not when forced—It is or is not