Say hello to Dennis. He is a 3-year-old Cockapoo who spent the early part of his life in an utterly squalid puppy farm in Essex, England. The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) rescued Dennis and 75 other puppies from “appalling” conditions at the farm.
Pictured below, you can see that the poor things lived in filthy cages, uncared for and unloved by anyone. With a start like that, one would think that Dennis would have a bad attitude. That couldn’t be farther from the case, though.
After his rescue and recovery, RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon Adopted Dennis. It didn’t take long for Rosie to discover that Dennis was indeed an exceptional dog.
It turns out, that Dennis, on top of being adorable, is also a kitten whisperer. This fact came as a total surprise to Rosie; she had no intentions of using Dennis for such a task.
“It was never deliberate to get Dennis involved with them but he showed an interest right from the start and we were keen to introduce him and the kittens to each other from an early age so they’d get along as they grew up together,” said Rosie.
Dennis didn’t care that dogs aren’t supposed to like cats, he only wanted to help care for them. Rosie said that he was interested in the babies right away.
“Dennis would always be interested in the kittens and started to take them under his wing. One day we let them interact and his instinct took over – he just started to clean them.” Rosie said.
It has reached a point now where Dennis loves nothing more than cuddling with the kittens to keep them warm. He even cleans them up after they have been fed and goes so far as to help them go to the toilet, just like their mother would.
Even though Dennis is exceptional with the babies, Rosie still makes sure to keep a very close eye on things when everyone is hanging out together.
Dennis also has a very special friend, however. When Rosie and her partner Rebecca Kenny brought home a 3-day-old tortoiseshell kitten who was abandoned by her mom, Dennis quickly stepped up to help.
The feline took to Dennis right away, and the two became best friends. His moms say that Dennis just loves all other animals unconditionally, regardless if they are a cat or a dog. He, and the kitten, who is now two, are inseparable.
“We think it’s because he came from a muti-animal environment and all his early experiences that were positive were due to other animals,” Rosie said.
The couple has now fostered around 200 kittens, and Dennis has helped out with around a dozen, so far.