God’s Gift cat who loves to play hide and seek wins Pet of the Week

Perfect pets are always our favorite topic and this week we were smitten by service dog Sam, who loves belting out a tune for his owner and melted at the news that a young alpaca is getting a second chance with a custom-made prosthetic leg.

We’ve sifted through reader submissions from perfect pooches and awesome cats and picked our best pets for them news week pet of the week

Remember, if you think your pet has what it takes, don’t forget to scroll to the end of this story to find out how you can get involved.


Boots the black and white cat
A picture of Boots, a black and white kitten who lives with his owner, Debbie Young, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Debbie Young

This week’s winner is the adorable cat, Boots, who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with owner Debbie Young. Boots was only six months old and was found in Young’s backyard when he was about six weeks old.

“I have COPD [Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and I’m in bed most of the time,” Young said news week: “My brother wanted to get me a cat for company, and lo and behold, Boots showed up. My brother thinks he is a gift from God.”

COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that cause breathing difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Damage caused by COPD is permanent, but treatment can help slow the progression of the disease, including the use of inhalers or medication and, in a small number of cases, even surgery or a lung transplant.

The condition can limit daily activities, and COPD patients may require daily support and care.

But the good news is that research has found that having a pet in the home can make a significant contribution to positive human well-being. Pet owners have claimed that they have improved self-esteem and self-esteem, as well as an increased sense of emotional support.

“My favorite thing about Boots is how he plays with me and loves me,” Young said. “He brings all his toys to me when he’s ready to play.”

Boots loves to play hide and seek around the house, jumping under covers and popping out to surprise his loving owner.


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As always, we weren’t the only one to introduce one amazing pet, and our first finalist this week is Ivy the cat from Riverside, California.

And 78-year-old owner Salley Fuller recently lost her beloved black cat Ivy at age 16, but rescued her from a shelter where she knew black cats are the most overlooked and most likely to be euthanized.

“Ivy was literally on death row at the shelter,” Fuller said news week: “I mean, an hour or so. I grabbed her. It was so black it glowed blue in the sunlight.”

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 920,000 shelter pets are euthanized each year, and statistics show that black cats take longer to be adopted than all others.

So-called “black cat bias” is often associated with the animals being more difficult to photograph, leading to less attractive entries, negative associations of black cats in terms of superstition or connections to witchcraft or evil, and difficulty reading their facial expressions.

But with loving owner Fuller, Ivy had a long and happy life: “My favorite thing about her was how she made me feel when she looked at me… I felt absolutely adored. The feeling was mutual,” she said. “She took a big part of my heart.”

Another save, our second finalist this week, is 18-month-old husky Shasta. Living in the Valley of Northern Nevada with owner Patricia Kimbrell, this playful pup is a big part of the household.

said Kimbrell news week: “We adopted her from the Humane Society in Reno. She loves everyone including children and other dogs.”

Last but not least, Rusty is the three-year-old Australian Shepherd Miniature. He lived in Sebring, Florida with his owner Gene Melcher and was from a breeder in Indiana.

“Food is his favorite,” Melcher said news week: “And he loves to play outside.”

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet that you want to share? send them to life@newsweek.com with some details about your best friend and they might appear in our Pet of the Week lineup.

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Rick Schindler

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