A year has passed since Baby Gray’s best friend Gracie passed away, but the cat still shows up for their dates, on the clock.
She will helplessly roam around the house, wander nearby the window in hopes to see a sign from her best friend. There, she waits patiently; sometimes 20 minutes pass by, sometimes even longer.
Shea Belew Brennaman, a fourth-grade teacher in Decatur, Alabama, is Gracie’s owner. She claims she first noticed her cat visiting her yard somewhat two and a half years ago. She claims she doesn’t know whether the cat had another name, but they call her Baby Gray now.
When she first climbed Brennanam’s fence, she was greeted by the family’s dog, Gracie, a guard dog that was clearly more interested in making friends rather than guarding and scaring off intruders.
Brennanam says that Gracie was and American Eskimo breed who loved to stay outside. She loved nature and was super friendly so she would always befriend the neighborhood animals.
She was friend with everyone in her property from chipmunks to hawks. So needless to say, when Baby Gray showed up that day, she was eager about the new visitor. Brennanam says that Gracie approached the cat that day and the two became friends ever since.
Over time, the cat’s visits intensified. Given that Gracie’s owner was a generous host, the cat must have felt really nice to be going back for visits. It seemed like the two animals had established a long lasting friendship.
She claims that they would usually leave Gracie on the porch with her favorite treats and she would immediately share them with the cat. Brennanam claims that this was a big deal because Gracie was particularly picky and selfish when it came to her food.
In addition to eating, sunbathing was their favorite activity, Brennanam claims. After eating, the two would usually lay in the sun, enjoying the heat.
Brennanam claims that Gracie’s personality was overall friendly and super-protective. At just eight months old, she had saved her mother from a water moccasin attack. She was very motherly, especially to their other dog, Yorkie.
In late October 2017 however, just past Gracie’s twelfth birthday, Brennanam noticed that the dog had slowed down dramatically. After taking her to the vet and after numerous X-rays it was revealed that Gracie had aggressive lymphoma.
Brennanam said that Gracie spent most of her last days out in the porch, saying goodbye to people and animals around.
Of course, Baby Gray would always be there. In the last days, Brennaman says, there was no sunbathing or eating. The pair were just enjoying each other’s company. They had that type of relationship where nothing needs to be said and done as long as each was there for the other when in need.
Gracie passed away on November 2017, just a month after having been diagnosed with cancer. Though her death has hurt the whole family, it has struck Baby Gray the most who still tries to understand what has happened to her friend.
Brennaman says that while she hates to see the cat suffering, sunbathing alone awaiting for her friend, she also enjoys her visits and she believes Baby Gray will keep popping up, looking for her best friend.
Brennaman however is glad that the pair got to enjoy such a strong friendship bond; a feeling that few beings (humans and pets alike) get to enjoy.