THEY eat from the same food dish, love playing `chasies', and check the boundary fence as a team.
Meet Missy the Blue Heeler and Claw'd the baby brushtail possum.
The pair have become inseparable after meeting on a farm at Nabowla four weeks ago.
Owner Simon a'Campo said he was stunned to see Missy walk through the front door with the abandoned marsupial clinging to her back.
``They shouldn't really be friends, but they're rarely without each other now,'' he said.
``Missy carries Claw'd around, cares for him, and they love play-fighting with each other.
``She also stands on his tail while she cleans him.''
Launceston residents might recognise Missy from Mr a'Campo's art supply store Philcam, where the four-year-old cattle dog eagerly greets customers.
Mr a'Campo said visitors to the store are now met by Missy and Claw'd in tandem, as they refuse to go anywhere without each other.
Incidentally, Claw'd is not the first animal Missy has ``adopted''.
``She has mothered wild ducks and kittens - and often tends to the cows during calving season,'' he said.
``Missy knows all the calves by name, and usually gives them a lick when she walks past.''
Mr a'Campo said he wasn't sure what would happen when Claw'd became fully grown.
``Maybe he'll stick around, maybe he'll need to be given to a carer,'' he said.
``Either way, I don't think he could be in better care right now.''
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