~ Kepal and Arnold ~
Two years ago, Kepal adopted his feline friend, Arnold. Since adopting him, Arnold has flourished and has even become a highly respected member of the NZ Police!
In 2019, a small tabby kitten was found hiding under a house in Auckland, New Zealand. He was only 6-weeks-old at the time and desperately needed some care. Kepal was told of him and, after a while, it was decided that this kitten, now named Arnold, had found his home. Kepal had initially wanted a dog, however, it didn’t take long before he and Arnold became best friends.
Having Arnold has helped Kepal immensely. He has been taught patience and how to be more caring. Something that he and Arnold have loved doing together has been learning and performing tricks. Through patience, good communication and repetition Arnold has learnt many tricks and commands.
With the many tricks up his sleeve, Arnold became known as part of the New Zealand Police Secret Cat Division! He knows the same tasks as the NZ Police dogs. In August of 2021, a video was published on the NZ Police social media pages of some of the amazing things Arnold can do.
Sharing the video made Kepal immensely proud. Seeing how much happiness Arnold brought has been greatly rewarding. He hasn’t just had an impact on Kepal, but also on their community and many people throughout NZ and worldwide. Even when they just go out for walks, the faces of the people they pass just light up when they see Arnold.
While Arnold may not be an active member of the NZ Police, he and Kepal practise all the tricks every day. Arnold won’t let Kepal leave for work without doing a run-through of all his commands! Whenever they perform the tricks, Arnold happily purrs the whole time. This is their time, and they both get so much joy out of it, simply spending that time together.
Kepal and Arnold share such a strong bond. Arnold loves being with his human, and even once followed him to the pub! He just brings happiness into so many people’s lives, but has changed Kepal’s life immensely.