Pets who rule the roost: Dante
Do your pets rule the roost?
We've asked readers to tell us how their pets rules the roost. Dante's interest in blackbirds is strictly paternal.
This handsome fellow is Dante, Lorigrae Dante to you. He is a nine-year-old Russian Blue.
His favourite things are being with family and stretching out on the deck in the sun.
Like most cats he looks at us as his serving-staff. When to eat, when to go to bed, when to come in and go out. Don't even think about going away on holiday - that's our boy.
Dante has a paternal relationship with the blackbirds that live in our garden. He doesn't bother them, just watches them hop about, and they will happily come near him while he's cruising.
One morning I woke with Dante on my chest, patting my ear in a 'get-up-now" fashion. I thought he wanted food but he was more insistent. When I followed him out the back I could hear a kind-of-urgent chirping. He nipped out the door, and when I looked he was sitting next to a female blackbird staring directly into a rose bush.
Her baby bird must have lost his balance learning to fly and was stuck in the very heart of the plant. Dante came to get me to save a baby bird.
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