Precious friends come in all sizes, shapes and breeds.
Our old brown tabby suffered a spinal cord injury similar to Bella’s this week. We’ve been nursing her around the clock, with kids watching anxiously from a distance.
It’s been a harrowing few days with lots of memories and introspection and tears. Who knew a cat could steal so many hearts in a home? So, as we wait and hope, this segment came up and struck at the heart this week.
Tarra and Bella have been close for years — but no one really knew how close they were until recently. A few months ago Bella suffered a spinal cord injury. She couldn’t move her legs, couldn’t even wag her tail. For three weeks the dog lay motionless up in the sanctuary office.
And for three weeks the elephant held vigil: 2,700 acres to roam free, and Tarra just stood in the corner, beside a gate, right outside that sanctuary office.
“She just stood outside the balcony – just stood there and waited,” says Buckley. “She was concerned about her friend.”
Then one day, sanctuary co-founder Scott Blais carried Bella onto the balcony so she and Tarra could at least see each other.
“Bella’s tail started wagging. And we had no choice but bring Bella down to see Tarra,” Blais says.
They visited like that every day until Tarra could walk. Today, their love — and trust — is stronger than ever. Bella even lets Tarra pet her tummy – with the bottom of her enormous foot.
They harbor no fears, no secrets, no prejudices. Just two living creatures who somehow managed to look past their immense differences.