Furry friendship knows no bounds

PALS Missy and Mona are an unlikely but lovely duo.

Missy, a 2 and 1/2-year-old jack russell, helped raise her South African boer goat friend after owner Jessica Hoyle forced the pair outside.

``I couldn't stand her [the goat's] moaning,'' Ms Hoyle said of the aptly named animal.

Ms Hoyle bought Mona - full name Mona-Jackie -  for $60 at Karoola.

The three-day-old kid had been rejected by its mother. 

In stepped Missy, who taught the goat to eat grass and sit like a dog. 

The pair slept together in a laundry basket until Mona was moved from their place at Ravenswood to Ms Hoyle's mother's property at Nunamara.

She said the now three-month-old goat required more space. 

``She's got a deformed leg, so she can't keep up with mum's other goats,'' Ms Hoyle said. 

``The prices [vets] asked to fix her leg were astronomical.''

Missy visits her best mate once a fortnight and the pair spent Christmas Day together. 

``She [Missy] sees her [Mona] as family,'' Ms Hoyle said.


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