DOG lives in a multi-level kitty condo in Support Dogs, Inc.’s executive offices and spends his days keeping his canine friends on their toes.

By Meghan Overdeep
November 14, 2017

Don’t let his name or demeanor fool you – six-month-old DOG is, in fact, a cat.

Technically, DOG (pronounced dee-OH-gee) is the resident feline at Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, but don’t tell him that. He spends his days with 23 assistance dogs in training, and by all accounts, this fluffy ball of personality rules the roost. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just one of the dogs, but he actually serves a vital role.

“We train dogs to help people who have a variety of needs, and sometimes those people have other pets in the home. DOG is the perfect learning tool—he’s energetic, he’s playful, he’s excellent at testing the dogs’ ability to stay calm and focused in any situation. We didn’t plan it, but he does a very important job,” Anne Klein, CEO of Support Dogs, Inc., said in a release.

DOG came to Support Dogs, Inc. by chance. Nadine Wenig, the organization’s director of canine services, was attending an event near an old barn where a litter of feral cats had been born. Despite never being touched, loved, or fed by humans, he marched right up to Wenig and started nuzzling her leg. Now, six months later, DOG lives in a multi-level kitty condo in Support Dogs, Inc.’s executive offices and spends his days keeping his canine friends on their toes.

“DOG likes to drink the water out of the glasses on our desks and ‘redecorate’ our offices by pulling the pushpins out of bulletin boards. There are a few staff members who like to pretend they’re exclusively dog lovers, but everyone secretly adores DOG. He’s spoiled rotten,” Klein added.

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