“I always knew he’d love having one of his own but I wanted to wait until we moved to New York to do it,” Rebecca Pizzello said. “He bathes her like a baby and snuggles close to her to make her comfortable. They will definitely be a fun duo to watch grow up together!”

When Rebecca Pizzello adopted Bubba, her 6-year-old rescue pit bull, she immediately noticed one thing that was unusual about her dog.

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“He’s always been strangely attracted to cats,” said Pizzello. “It all started when I got him from a shelter in Phoenix when he was just 3-months-old. My roommate was caring for a litter of kittens and Bubba just clicked with them.”

Bubba would watch over them for hours a time, snuggle with the baby cats, and even escort their mom when she would move her litter from place to place.

“She was always hiding the kittens underneath my bed or sticking them up inside the couch,” said Pizzello. “Bubba would just follow her around and be her security detail. It was really sweet.”

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When Rebecca decided to ditch the desert and head for the concrete jungle of New York City, she knew she wanted to get a kitten.

“I was done with law school at that point and I would be home in the afternoons, so the time was just right,” she said. “Not only did I want a kitten for myself, I wanted one for bubba.”

Rebecca and her neighbor Amy went to the ASPCA Adoption Center at East 92nd Street and began looking around. The young attorney knew she had found the right kitten for Bubba when she noticed little Abigail’s colors.

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“The fact that Bubba and Abby have identical coloring still blows my mind. I knew Bubba would be filled with joy the second we walked in the door and boy was I right.”

After only a few hours at her new home, the kitten was playing with Bubba and jumping all over the big dog.

“I think Abby thinks Bubba is her mom and Bubba loves it,” Pizzello added.

But Bubba didn’t always have such a happy life…