by Caroline Golon
At Snowfall Ranch in Elizabeth, Colorado, you’ll find the typical array of horses, pigs, goats, miniature donkeys and lambs. You’ll also find a barn cat named Teton who rules the roost.
When the Joanna and Scott Shaw, owners of Snowfall Ranch, began a renovation, they immediately saw mice so they decided to get a mouser. “Right from the start, Teton had spunk,” the Shaws said of the cat they adopted for the job. As much as they tried to keep him in the “cat area” he would not stay there. Instead of hanging in his cat house with food and fluffy blanket, he wanted to hang out with the barn animals. Eventually the team gave up trying to keep Teton contained and let him go where he pleased.
It wasn’t long before they discovered Teton leisurely riding atop the other animals. Joanna says he often climbs aboard particularly in bad weather. “He tends to ride them more in snow with the belief being he doesn’t want to get paws wet,” she told The Dodo.
Aside from riding on his friends, Teton sleeps with them and even drinks from their water troughs. While the little cat isn’t a big fan of humans, he seems right at home with a variety of other species.
“When they are turned out in pasture he goes with them,” Joanna told The Dodo. “He will lay with them on the 7 acres and I would guess he believes he is one of them.”