An elderly dog named Raylan has had a very important mission for seven years. His owner works in a shelter and often brings kittens from the shelter. The dog constantly takes care of the little ones, giving them his affection and love.
Recently the owner brought home two kittens, a furry brother, and a sister. The dog, as usual, began to take care of the kittens, licking them and following their every move. Most of all, he bonded with a red-haired kitten named Ron.
“Raylan is always so happy and so excited when a new foster arrives, and he spends so much time watching them, cleaning them, and winning them over,” Laura Tindal, Raylan’s mom, told The Dodo. “They play, cuddle and amuse each other, which is so important for Raylan’s mental stimulation.”
Ron had lost his mother, so he obviously lacked warmth and care. It was as if Raylan sensed this, and paid more attention to the cub. The kitten came to love his fuzzy nanny, too. He became much more confident with her.
“He’s not the kind of dog to just lie quietly on his bed for hours,” she added. “He gets bored quickly and needs things to do.”
The dog even began to gently pick up the kitten with his teeth, and carry it around the house. He protected the baby as if it were his most precious possession, and the kitten loved him back. Later, the kitten demanded that Raylan carry him everywhere.
“When Ron wants to be picked up, he’ll come over and stand under Raylan’s head and meow and look up at him, circling back and forth,” she added. “If Raylan’s lying down, he’ll literally rub up against his mouth until he gets picked up … Then Raylan will usually bring him to his bed or the couch and start cleaning him, or they’ll just curl up for a nap. It’s adorable.”
Raylan himself was once abandoned at a local shelter. He was only two years old, and they did not immediately find owners for the dog. His owner, Laura, fell in love with him at first sight, and he has been happily living with her ever since.
“He was swiped out of that shelter hours before he was going to be euthanized,” Tindal said. “He showed up to my place and he had absolutely no training — didn’t know how to sit, couldn’t walk on a leash, didn’t respond to his name, but he was so smart and interactive and just eager to learn and completely chill about every new experience.”