Just as not all famous are friendly, not all friends are famous—though perhaps they should be. Here are a few examples.
Oscar is one of five other residents of a nursing home, though not as a convalescents themselves but as a treasured feline companions to those who are. In addition to the prevailing sense of contentment offered by the resident cats, is Oscar’s well-documented uncanny knack for knowing when the end is near and ceasing his hall-roaming to sit and remain upon the bed of the resident until their passing. Relatives often profess that Oscar gave their loved ones a feeling of completion and consoling attendance, when they couldn’t.
When not playing tag or belly-sledding for hours on end, Otters are constantly doing their part for the environment by eating sea urchins which gobble up kelp; containing valuable CO2, and other undesirable fish, including invasive crayfish, which cause detrimental changes to the rivers that endanger nearby plant and animal life. One might say Otters act as important gauges of the quality of our water; on which the richness of our marshlands depend.
Oreo knew something was wrong and alerted her family by meowing persistently from the basement stairs. The garage and a bedroom were lost to the fire that raged that night, but thanks to Oreo, she and her family were safe.
Oliver, a loveable family mutt, proved that compassion has no bounds between animals when he valiantly rescued his kitty-brother Stanley, from certain death by an attacking coyote. Their pet parents took Stanley to the Vet for stitches, but he was otherwise unscathed.
How do you feel about animals in nursing homes? Do you enjoy watching Otters at play? Do you have or know any animal heroes?