Flora the 100-pound Malamute and Dexter the 20-year-old cat were an unlikely, yet inseparable pair. Though monumental in size compared to Dexter, Flora spent a large portion of her time snuggled up with her BFF. The family had adopted Dexter from Best Friends Animal Society two years prior. While the loss of the elderly feline has been difficult for the family, no one is taking it harder than Flora.
The Williams’ family, Flora’s owners, didn’t think the giant pup would survive the emotional turmoil.
“Flora was beyond heartbroken. She spent many weeks outside, howling and depressed,” said Flora’s fur-mom Jill Williams. “It was really sad.”
Williams is the manager at Best Friends Animal Society. She explained that after Dexter’s passing, Flora would pace around whimpering. “She would howl, which she rarely does, and it broke our hearts.”
In an effort to fill the cat-shaped hole in Flora’s heart, the family adopted two young cats. Unfortunately, they didn’t cuddle the way Dexter had.
The sad behavior was out of character for Flora who had socially blossomed since joining the family. Before becoming a Williams, Flora’s home situation was dismal and rough.
Jill Williams remembers Flora’s transition. “She was extremely shy but over time, became the matriarch of our family. Her calm, sweet disposition was just what our family needed.”
Sometimes the fix to a giant problem is to think small. Williams went the small and furry route with four foster kittens. Just as soon as she could get Iggy, Bowie, Roxy and Glamour settled in the house, a connection sparked.