Zach Hearn thought his family was complete, but Tang and Cream, his two dogs, had other ideas.
Earlier this month, while out for a walk, the dogs came across a small animal crying for help and rushed to its aid.
“Tang and Cream came to a halt and looked perplexed,” Hearn said to The Dodo. “You could hear a meow from a short distance away, so both of you ran up to investigate.”
Hearn couldn’t see where the noise was coming from, but the two dogs did find a tiny kitten lying in the middle of the street, about 3 to 4 weeks old.
The little kitten was filthy and skinny, and there was no sign of its mom. Hearn was worried that his golden retriever and King Charles cavalier would chase the kitten away, but the pups had other ideas.
Hearn was taken aback when both dogs started to comfort the terrified little calico. Hearn explained, “Tang started whimpering and laid down next to her.” “Cream started cleaning her and licking her.”
Hearn knew he couldn’t leave the kitten alone on the road, so he picked her up and carried her home, where he and his girlfriend gave her a warm place to sleep as well as a bath and food. The kitten had clearly been on her own for some time, but she quickly regained her strength.
“We named the kitten (Tou Jiang), which means jackpot,” Hearn explained. “She didn’t have much energy at first, and she slept a lot. She perked up after being fed on a regular basis and given a warm place to sleep.”
The dogs fell in love with Tou Jiang the moment they saw him. The dogs never leave her side and are always ready to provide her with whatever she requires, whether it’s comfort, cuddling, a tongue bath, or some playtime.
When it comes to raising the kitten, each dog has their own distinct “parenting” style.
“Tang is more of a laid-back, laid-back mom,” Hearn explained. “Tang just lays there while the cat climbs on her and plays with her tail.” If the kitten is about to do something, she will step in.”
He went on to say, “Cream is completely different.” “She hovers more and is always near her, playing with her and licking her clean like her real mom would.” They’re pretty good at taking turns, but unless she’s put in her bed to sleep, they’re always watching her.”
It took some getting used to having a kitten in the family, but the joy and love that Tou Jiang brings to her adoptive dog parents is priceless.
“Raising a kitten is not the same as raising a puppy,” Hearn explained. “The constant need for food and bathroom breaks can be exhausting, but it’s all worth it.” She spends the entire day with the dogs, and we have a home camera to keep an eye on them while we’re at work. The dogs are always watching an eye on her and following her around.”