Gracie, Baby Grey’s dearest buddy, went away a year ago, yet the cat regularly comes up for their scheduled playdates.
Baby Grey will walk into the yard and stand at the sliding door like clockwork, obviously hoping that her pal will come racing to meet her there. She waits there for 20 minutes at a time, sometimes longer.
Shea Belew Brennaman, a fourth-grade teacher in Decatur, Alabama, spotted the mystery cat visiting her yard for the first time two and a half years ago. Brennaman told The Dodo, “I suppose it lives two cul-de-sacs over from us and I don’t know its name.” “My family and I just call it Baby Grey.”
Gracie was friendly with everyone on her yard, from the chipmunks and bunnies to the hawks, and she was curious about the newcomer.
“Gracie welcomed her right into our yard, and the two quickly became great friends,” Brennaman added.
Baby Grey’s visits got increasingly frequent over time. When her cat buddy came around, Gracie was always a gracious host, and it appeared the two creatures had found a kindred spirit in one other.
“We would leave Gracie tomatoes on our porch because they were her favorite treat,” Brennaman explained, “and she would share them with the cat, which was a big deal since Gracie was extremely picky about sharing food.”
She stated that when Baby Grey started coming over more regularly, the two of them shared tomatoes and sunbathed together. “Sunbathing was by far their favorite pastime.”
While Brennaman admired the dogs’ tight bond, it appeared to be in line with the dog’s disposition. Gracie would go to great lengths for her friends and family, including rescuing Brennaman from a water moccasin assault when she was only an 8-month-old puppy.
Brennaman remarked, “She had a nice personality.” “She was a friend to everybody and a wonderful mother to our Yorkie.”
Brennaman observed Gracie was slowing down considerably just after her 12th birthday. Gracie had severe lymphoma, which was discovered after a trip to the veterinarian and several tests and X-rays.
Brennaman stated, “Gracie spent the majority of her remaining days on the chilly porch.” “I believe part of it brought her relief, but in fact, she was bidding farewell to her territory and all of her neighbors.”
And, sure enough, Baby Grey was there.
“Baby Grey came to see her numerous times in her final days, and the two just laid there to be with each other, while there was no tomato eating,” she continued. “They had that type of connection where no words or actions were required. “All they wanted to do was be with each other.”
Gracie passed less than a month after receiving her cancer diagnosis. While the death of the small dog was difficult for everyone, Baby Grey appears to be coping with her sadness by keeping a particular type of vigil for her companion.
That, or she simply refuses to accept the small puppy has vanished.
“Since Gracie’s death, Baby Grey has come to our porch many times a week,” Brennaman added. “First, she’ll rush up to the door and check for Gracie. I’m not sure how long she waits, but she will occasionally wait 20 minutes and then go away to the porch, where she will remain for a bit before laying down and sunbathing.”
Brennaman has become accustomed to Baby Grey’s regular visits, and while she despises seeing the tiny cat suffer, it also brings her joy.
“It hurts my heart to watch Baby Grey continuously searching for Gracie,” Brennaman continued, “but it also gives me hope that these two creatures had such a deep bond.”