Most of the time, it’s the human who selects the pet, although occasionally an animal will pick out an owner. In the case of Bruce Lee and Ingwe, the two pets “chose” each other (with a little human help).
Ingwe, a 14-year-old Bengal cat, had been inconsolable following the death of her sibling in 2010. Her owner, Barbara DuPont of Vero Beach, wasn’t sure how to help her.
“It had been a long year since Anni had passed away,” said DuPont, “and Ingwe was still grieving and driving us crazy from loneliness.”
DuPont knew that adopting a kitty companion for Ingwe was out of the question.
“Ingwe is an alpha cat,” explained DuPont, “and she wouldn’t tolerate another feline.”
The only option, she thought, was a cat-friendly dog.
Fortunately, DuPont, a cat adoption volunteer for Dogs & Cats Forever, knew where to look. While visiting the main shelter in Fort Pierce, she spied Bruce Lee, a 4-year-old Pekingese boy. DuPont admitted, “It was love at first sight.”