Bravery is a very noble trait to have because it means you are selfless and heroic. This definition perfectly defined Smudge, the tabby cat. When Ethan Fenton, five, and his two-year-old brother Ashton were getting bullied, Smudge came to the rescue.
One day while the two boys were playing outside, a bunch of taller and bigger boys started to shove and tease the kids. Sarah, the mother of the two adorable boys witnessed the whole situation unfold:
“I was keeping an eye on the boys who were playing football in the front garden. Three boys who were much taller and older than Ethan walked over to our front gate. I heard them shout Ethan’s name twice but he ignored them and just put his head back down and kept playing with Ashton.
She also said:
But then they shouted him again and then one of the boys got in Ethan’s face and said, ‘Oi! Why are you ignoring me?’ and pushed him over. That’s when I rushed outside and saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy’s chest. I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off.”
Smudge has been a blessing in disguise for this family. When their family cat of many years passed, they were devasted, but then they bought Smudge. He truly cheered up the family. His recent heroic act also makes him feel even more like family than ever. Sarah adds,
“I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that. He is a big part of the family and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat. He has never done anything like that before but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that.”