Friendships are our lifelines; even for animals. And when you’re fighting something as stressful as anxiety, friends are the ones who pull us out the abyss of darkness and lift us up to the light.
For Joule, his support system has been the best that he could ask for.
Four years ago, he was adopted by Brenna Eckert in a heartbreaking state.
“Joule had a lot of anxiety when we first adopted her,” Eckert said. “We worked one-on-one with a dog behaviourist to help work through some of her issues.”
“She is certainly a Velcro dog,” Eckert said. “When we are home she always needs to be close to us.”
It had only been a moment before Eckert adopted an orange tabby kitten named Kelvin. Unlike many other instances, the two pets actually enjoyed each other’s company.
“The animal shelters had given each of them a temporary name before we adopted them,” Eckert said. “Kelvin’s shelter name was Socks and Joule’s shelter name was Sandals. How ironic that Socks and Sandals make such a great pair!”
But no one suspected that their friendship would transform into something so strong and heartwarming. Not even Eckert. She had no idea how unbreakable their bond was until she set up monitoring security cameras in her home so she could keep an eye on things while at work.
When she returned home and saw the recording, she was beyond surprised. The orange cat would comfort the nervous throughout the course of the day!
“We noticed that Kelvin and Joule were laying on the couch together almost every day,” Eckert said. “I moved the camera to get a closer view of the couch and was amazed to see that they weren’t just sharing the couch, but they were snuggling up against each other.”
Thanks to her, the videos were posted on Reddit with the caption: “This happens literally every weekday for the full 8 hours we’re gone.”
It’s not just Joule who is the lucky one here. The emptiness left behind by Eckert when she is at work is fulfilled by Joule for Kelvin.
“Kelvin’s personality is very mellow and sweet,” Eckert explained. “He loves sleeping and being warm, both of which he gets by snuggling up to Joule during the day.”
It would have been a tragic loss had Eckert never thought of putting up cameras at home. But now that she knows how happy her pets are with each other, she’s also noticed how private they keep their bond.
“They only snuggle with each other like this when we are not around,” Eckert said. “If we are home, Joule wants to be with us, so she basically ignores the cat.”
It is only when Eckert falls on the couch that both her animal companions come to cuddle with her together!
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