Two Faces, One Heart: The Captivating Story of a Dual-Faced Cat – Tell Us About Your Extraordinary Pet

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I simply had to share an item I ran across on the Petoskey News Review website. I was looking for something else when the headline about a “cat with two faces” caught my eye. When I saw the photos and video, well, I had to share.

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The Associated Press story said the cat, which also has two names (Frank and Louie), had made it into the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving member of a group known as Janus cats, named for a Roman god with two faces. Frank and Louie has two mouths, two noses and three eyes. He was originally scheduled to be euthanized at one day old because of his condition — the story says Janus cats rarely survive — but was instead adopted from a worker at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

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The worker, Marty Stevens, used feeding tubes and, presumably, a whole lot of love, to nourish Frank and Louie. She was told time and again not to invest in the cat, but ignored the advice. Now, Frank and Louie is 12 and in the record book.

One could argue that all shelter animals are “special needs,” and they’d be right. Any dog or cat abandoned or simply given up for adoption, and sent to spend their days in a fenced-in kennel full of frightened barking dogs facing the same desperate situation, is going to have some issues.They will have special needs.

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And those people willing to adopt animals with physical and/or mental abnormalities or disabilities truly are special people. Patience, compassion and energy are a must. If the pet has physical challenges — a missing limb, blindness, deafness — well, that’s just one more set of challenges for the owner. If the pet was abused in any way, trust has to be earned.

Frank and Louie, and his owner, deserve the attention they’ve received. It couldn’t have been an easy road to get to 12 years old. And I know there are many, many other stories of pets, some “normal,” others with physical disabilities, rescued right here in our back yard.

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If you have such a story, whether you adopted a special-needs pet or know of someone who did, tell me about it. If I get enough responses, I’ll put them together in a package complete with photos and vignettes of the pets and their owners to share with readers.

Feel free to send your “special needs” pet’s photos and background info. You don’t need to have a two-faced cat to make headlines. All you need is a big heart.

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