The Adventures of John Boy and Billy
Five weeks ago, Kim Coffey, adoption center manager at the Watauga County Humane Society, received word that two animals were found wandering on Cole Drive in Vilas.
Coffey learned that the duo consisted of a 3-year-old male Chihuahua mix and a one-and-a-half-year-old male rabbit.
The animals were caught together and appeared to be quite good friends, Coffey said.
After they were brought to the Humane Society, they were given the names John Boy and Billy and sent to live with Nancy Coffey, a foster parent for the Humane Society and PARTNERS! Canines, where they live today.
“We didn’t know, do we put them in with the cats, do we put them in with the dogs?” Coffey laughed. “That would probably have freaked the rabbit out, so we decided our best option was to get them into foster care.”
From sharing carrots to cavorting around the grassy pen, John Boy and Billy appear to be nigh inseparable.
Nancy Coffey said she has never had an odd couple like this.
“Oh, I’ve had all sorts of fosters,” Coffey said. “Dogs, cats, but never a dog and a rabbit. Especially a dog that looks like a fox.”
Coffey said though the Humane Society gives the animals they send her names, she often finds herself renaming them. She affectionately calls the red Chihuahua mix “Foxy.”
“It’s very hard, because they give me names, and then I rename them, because when they live with me, I see their personalities,” Coffey said.
Kim Coffey said the Humane Society learned who the owners were and wrote them a letter notifying them about their pets. They never received word back.
“We wrote them very nice letters, explaining that we had them, and we translated them over into Spanish because that was sort of the hiccup, no way to communicate, and dropped them off at their house, because we knew where they lived,” Kim Coffey said. “They just never responded.”
While watching the two romp around in their safely enclosed pen, Nancy Coffey described the way the two animals interacted with her. Though the two are best friends, they both have different feelings toward their foster parent.
“I’m not that familiar with rabbits,” Coffey said. “He’ll let me pet him, but he doesn’t want to be picked up by me; male rabbits are sort of that way. And Foxy would like to be on my lap and in my arms all the time. He’s really good.”
As Coffey closed the pen door, Billy hopped back into his shady home and John Boy, or Foxy, followed close behind him.
“They’re very sweet little animals and really no trouble,” Coffey said.
As John Boy and Billy wait alongside several other foster animals to be adopted, Nancy Coffey said for John Boy and Billy to be adopted together, it would require someone who would provide loving and tender care, as well as a barn or a kennel to keep the adventurous duo at home and safe.
As John Boy and Billy are not the only pets seeking new homes, the Humane Society will be putting on a Rummage Sale at the National Guard Armory in Boone June 27 and 28 and the 4 Paws Country Fair & Music Jamboree on July 12 at the Watauga Humane Society.
“They all deserve good homes,” Kim Coffey said of the animals.
For more information on John Boy and Billy, contact the Watauga County Humane Society at (828) 264-7865, or visit http://www.wataugahumanesociety.org.