When it comes to anxiety, a friend’s support may be a tremendous weapon – someone who gently reminds you that you’re not alone and that everything will be fine.
Nobody understands this better than Joule, a sweet-natured dog that despises being left alone.
Brenna Eckert rescued Joule four years ago, and she’s gone a long way since then.
“When we initially got Joule, she was really anxious,” Eckert told The Dodo. “We worked with a dog behaviorist on a one-on-one basis to help her work through some of her challenges.”
Eckert described her as a “velcro dog.” “She needs to be near to us at all times when we’re at home.”
Eckert added another pet to the household shortly after Joule arrived: an orange tabby cat called Kelvin. Joule and Kelvin hit it off right away, and it looked like it was meant to be.
But Eckert had no idea how close the dog and cat would become until one day, when she decided to install security cameras around her home to keep an eye on things while she was at work.
Eckert couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the clip. Her laid-back cat was reassuring her high-strung dog. Not only for a split second, but for the entire day.
“Almost every day,” Eckert remarked, “we spotted Kelvin and Joule laying on the couch together.” “When I moved the camera closer to the couch, I was astounded to find that they weren’t simply sharing it, but cuddling up against one other.”
Eckert was so moved by the recordings that she shared one on Reddit with the caption, “This happens absolutely every weekday for the whole 8 hours we’re gone.”
But Joule isn’t the only one who benefits from this cozy situation. Kelvin, too, might feel lonely when Eckert is away, and Joule admirably fills that need.
“Kelvin has a really gentle and lovely nature,” Eckert said. “He enjoys resting and being warm throughout the day, which he obtains by cuddling up to Joule.”