Prairie Canine’s New Greatest Good friend is a Kitten at Sanders “Zoo”


When movies of a kitten and prairie canine went viral, curiosity obtained the higher of us, so we reached out to Mattie Sanders to be taught somewhat extra in regards to the Sanders Zoo and the way this uncommon friendship happened. 

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Snack time on the Sanders Zoo. (All pictures and movies: Mattie Sanders)

Life With Cats:      Let’s begin with the obvious query, how did the Sanders Zoo get began?

Mattie Sanders:   The Sanders Zoo began with Audubon (turtle) who I’ve had since I used to be eight years previous (so he’s about 28 years previous now) and Probability (white Chihuahua) who’s 11. When my husband and I obtained married I actually wished to get a pet, however we lived in an house, so we settled on getting Watson (ferret) after which the household simply grew from there. After Watson, we obtained Scarlett (German Shorthaired Pointer) and we moved out of the house right into a shotgun home the place we lived for about 6 months till I spotted I wished a house so I might have extra animals. As soon as we moved into our home we obtained Harvey (gray cat) from Petco after we have been operating errands and couldn’t resist his cute little face. Ultimately, I came upon that Prairie Canine may very well be saved as pets and I began to do my analysis and labored on convincing my husband that they wanted to be aside of our household. We drove to Kingwood Texas and obtained Otis and Lilly and after we obtained them we instructed ourselves we have been full. Nonetheless, someday whereas on the canine park, we discovered Oscar (Dachshund) roaming across the neighborhood, so we drove round, knocked on doorways, referred to as shelters and vets, however nobody ever claimed him so he turned the subsequent member of the Sanders Zoo. Final, however not least, there’s Katrin, she confirmed up at our CrossFit fitness center one night time. I obtained a name so we hurried over and took her dwelling with us since she was on their own and there have been no different kittens or mother in sight.

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LWC:     Are you able to share a bit in regards to the completely different characters that make up your zoo?

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MS: Audubon – He’s very relaxed and usually spends most of his time beneath our mattress or beneath our leisure middle. He has run of the home and can get very energetic when now we have guests.

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Probability – He’s my sidekick. I’ve had him for 11 years and he’s very protecting of me. Though he is likely one of the smallest he positively acts like High Canine.

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Watson – Very playful and loves to cover toys beneath the mattress or our couches. He additionally likes to do his “battle dance.”

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Scarlett – She is our candy woman. She likes to play along with her favourite purple ball and she or he could be very mild with everybody. I’m satisfied she thinks she’s small similar to Probability.

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Harvey – He’s a really affectionate cat and likes to go exterior when he’s supervised.

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Otis – LOVES CARROTS and Katrin. He’s very social and likes to snuggle. Lilly – She is a bit more cautious than Otis and solely actually likes Cheerios.

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Oscar – He’s our candy little previous man. He likes to go wander out within the yard.

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Katrin (as a kitten) – She loves ice and Otis. She is going to sit subsequent to the fridge and simply look forward to a bit of ice.

LWC:     Evidently your family is kind of content material and pleasant, however it’s the friendship that Katrin and Otis that has garnered quite a lot of consideration. How did that relationship blossom?

MS:       After we first discovered Katrin, she was so tiny and scared and I feel since Otis was sort of her similar dimension they actually linked. Even when Katrin was tiny she would groom Otis and ever since then they only have a extremely particular bond. In addition they each like to attend by the fridge for treats :).

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LWC:     Why do you assume individuals are fascinated by the pair?

MS:         I feel individuals are fascinated by them as a result of they’re two completely completely different species and more than likely within the wild they wouldn’t be mates. They’re additionally so candy to one another that I feel that’s shocking to some folks.

LWC:     Are there any classes you’ve got discovered alongside the best way as a zookeeper?

MS:        I’ve discovered how actually completely different every of our animals are and the way they every have their very own personalities. I’ve additionally discovered that typically it’s tremendous laborious to maintain up with everybody, however I can’t think about life with out them. All of them convey a lot pleasure to our lives and I really like watching them collectively.

LWC:     In the event you have been so as to add one thing to your assortment, something, something in any respect, what would possibly that be?
MS:        I actually need a white prairie canine however my husband is hesitant on one other animal, so we’ll see :).

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Remember to observe all the Sanders Zoo on Fb, Instagram, and YouTube to maintain up with all of the motion!


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