“Must love cats” was a requirement for any dog that Vanessa and J.R. Van Noy of Highland, NY, adopted. Vanessa had never had a dog before, but the couple had an older cat. They also had a large house and yard, and J.R. was eager to add a dog to the family mix.
They started searching on Petfinder. “We narrowed our search down to Pit Bulls,” Vanessa says. “We knew that the breed was in so much need for families.” They came across Animal Farm Foundation in Bangall, NY, and “set up a meet-and-greet with some potential housemates.”
The first dog they met was Patton. “He barreled into the room like a tornado on fire,” Vanessa says. “He leaped right on top of us both and immediately started licking our faces and climbing on our laps.”
Vanessa was a bit worried about this big strong boy, but though they looked at others, J.R. really loved Patton. Their adoption application was approved — and now he had to meet their cat, Sage. Would they get along?
The big meeting came. “Sage scared the pants off of him,” says Vanessa. “Pretty amusing, actually, to see a big strong dog tuck his tail and run from a little cat.”
Being a new dog parent, Vanessa established house rules: no lying on the couch, no sleeping on the bed. Patton settled in and got over his fear of the cat. The Van Noys have since adopted two more dogs, Ruud and Maggie, and another cat, Dan, as well as two abandoned kittens they found. “The kittens actually sleep with Ruud and Maggie,” Vanessa says.
And where is Patton in all of this? Why, where else but sleeping in the bed with Vanessa and J.R.? So much for those house rules.
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