Oliver the cat's best friend was an elderly sheep [PHOTO]

Categories: Animals, Love
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Photo submitted to Minnesota Historical Society Press
Oliver's favorite place to hang out was on Ada's back, and she didn't seem to mind.
Sometimes living creatures form hard-to-explain connections transcending age, appearance, and even the ability to see and hear.

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Or such was seemingly the case with Oliver the cat and Ada the sheep, two Alexandria-area farm animals that became the unlikeliest of best friends.

Oliver is a tomcat who farm owners Terry and Kathy Sletto sent away from their farm to stay with a friend one summer a few years ago. Upon his return, Oliver developed a cuter-than-cute relationship with Ada -- an elderly, nearly deaf and blind sheep -- that Kathy says was unlike anything she's seen in her decade of raising animals.

From the Alexandria Echo Press:
Feline and ovine developed a serious bond, and Oliver hardly left Ada's side. With the arrival of the cold, the chilly cat decided that Ada's wool would make a cozy blanket. So he started hopping up on her back and making his home there.

"He rode around on her back," Kathy said. "It was like an electric blanket for him to sit up there on the wool."

At first, the Slettos felt sorry for Ada. They thought Oliver was being insensitive and was taking advantage of her warm body. But then they noticed the standoffish cat appeared to have feelings for the sheep.

"He would groom her, lick her face, he was really affectionate with her," Kathy said. "It was a two-way deal there."

But the adoration tomcat and sheep had for each other was destined to end. Sadly, Oliver and Ada only had a few short months together before she left for greener pastures in the sky.
Inspired by the seemingly unconditional cat-on-sheep love, Kathy penned an essay entitled "Oliver the Shepherd" that is being published in a new book entitled The Animal Anthology Project: True Tales. Here's an excerpt from Kathy's essay:
"I've learned a lot about shepherding from Oliver. Watching Oliver at work reminds me to be patient, and to let things happen in their own time. Sometimes one needs to just stand back and wait for things (animals, crops, ideas) to mature. Oliver knows that, and he gives himself and others plenty of space and time and the grace to just let things evolve. He doesn't hurry and he doesn't worry. He watches. He waits. He rests. He says little. And he accepts a ride when he can get one."
All proceeds from the anthology go to charity. If you're interested in checking it out, click here.

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PublicHair
PublicHair

"This is the kind of BS story the right comes up with as a metaphor for the Fiscal Cliff. Great timing CityPages! SOOOO SUBTLE! It's so obvious: Ada the sheep represents the payroll tax cuts. Old, outdated, expiring, yet has cushy, warming fur entices the working class America: Oliver the cat. As the exerpt notes: Oliver "grooms her (Ada), licks, is really affectionate with her", implying that America wishes for these cuts to continue. I find this "story" absurd. In fact, I doubt the Ada or Oliver even exist. The picture obviously looks Photoshopped. Has anyone done some researching to see if the book "The Animal Anthology Project: True Tales" isn't just funding a super-PAC? Shame on you Aaron for bringing the otherwise independent creatures of cats and sheep into the political sphere."

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