The Beatles famously sang some lyrics that undoubtedly resonate with us all, but the famous “I get by with a little help from my friends” is especially true for Joule – a very sweet dog who hates being alone.
Brenna Eckert rescued Joule four years ago. And since then, Joule has definitely made strides in her confidence.
As Eckert explained to The Dodo, “Joule had a lot of anxiety when we first adopted her. We worked one-on-one with a dog behaviorist to help work through some of her issues.”
“She is certainly a velcro dog,” Eckert added. “When we are home she always needs to be close to us.”
Not long after Joule joined the family, Eckert brought another furchild into the mix: Kelvin, an orange tabby kitten. From the very beginning, both Joule and Kelvin got along as though they’ve been friends forever.
“The animal shelters had given each of them a temporary name before we adopted them,” Eckert explained. “Kelvin’s shelter name was Socks and Joule’s shelter name was Sandals. How ironic that Socks and Sandals make such a great pair!”
However, Eckert could never predict just how deep a bond the two would form – until the day she decided to install security cameras around the house in order to keep an eye on things while at work.
When she played back the footage one day, Eckert couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The easygoing Kelvin was comforting the normally high-strung Joule. And it wasn’t just temporary – it was the entire day.
“We noticed that Kelvin and Joule were laying on the couch together almost every day,” Eckert said. “I moved the camera to get a closer view of the couch and was amazed to see that they weren’t just sharing the couch, but they were snuggling up against each other.”
Eckert decided to post the touching videos to Reddit, commenting, “This happens literally every weekday for the full 8 hours we’re gone.”
Joule isn’t the only one who is getting benefits from these cuddles. Kelvin also gets lonely, so he’s got the perfect set up with Joule.
Eckert explained, “Kelvin’s personality is very mellow and sweet. He loves sleeping and being warm, both of which he gets by snuggling up to Joule during the day.”
Had Eckert never installed the cameras, she never would’ve uncovered the truth about this bond between Joule and Kelvin. And Eckert is relieved to know someone is caring for Joule while the family is away for the day – even if she doesn’t always appreciate Kelvin.
“They only snuggle with each other like this when we are not around,” Eckert said. “If we are home, Joule wants to be with us, so she basically ignores the cat.”
The only exception to this is if Eckert lies down on the couch – then it’s an invitation for the whole family to snuggle together.
Joule and Kelvin are on Instagram, so click here to follow their daily snuggles.