Many people would consider pit bulls and cats to be like oil and water, but as anyone who has both in their household can tell you, that isn’t always the case.
With the right type of training, pit bulls can do more than coexist with their feline friends, they can form very close family bonds.
We live in a world that tends to focus on bad news, so a little bit of cheery news is always going to be welcome. That is what Bethany and Samantha Callister have to offer.
They went to rescue Mako, a pit bull that was at the local shelter. After bringing him into their home, they made it clear that they were never going to let him go again.
“We joke that we didn’t really pick him, he picked us,” Bethany told The Dodo. “When we went to the rescue shelter he had his back against the cage so we started petting him and he looked over his shoulder and gave direct eye contact and we just fell in love with the little guy.”
Mako was just one of those family dogs that was instantly a hit in the household. The problem was, they were afraid of what would happen when he met there two cats, Pecan and Gizmo. The shelter did their best to convince them that the dog and cats would get along fine, but they still had some concerns.
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At first, they tried a slow introduction by keeping the felines in another part of the home. It wasn’t long before they became close friends and Mako started to imitate them. He would climb to strange areas, such as on top of cabinets, tables, and the refrigerator.
“Whenever Mako sees the boys on the counters or cabinets he hops up to join them,” Bethany said according to the Dodo. “He really just wants to be around the cats all the time. If he is not in the room with one of us humans, he’s with the cats.”
Suddenly, the family realized they had a very unusual dog on their hands. Fortunately, they didn’t care!
“We went online and found a dog toy that looks like a cat one so we go to the backyard and he chases and jumps after it like the cats,” Bethany said according to The Dodo. “He also likes to lay on the tables with my cats and look out the window at the birds with them. When he sees one of my cats lay on their backs for a tummy rub he comes over and does the same thing!”
We live in a time when many people tend to judge a book by its cover. As it turns out, you should never judge a dog by its cover and Mako is a sterling example of why that is true.
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