Friendship cat and dog style

It’s stories like this that put a smile on one’s face (and heart!).

Most evenings, after we have finished supper we go into the den, as we call it, and watch a few hours of television. This room has doors to the other rooms in the house and, therefore, during the day may be closed off. Reason why that is useful is that the den is home to our three cats.

Thus, after supper the dogs and the cats get to mingle together, as this photograph of Pedi and Mitts so well illustrates.

All of which is a great introduction to a post that was recently seen over on Mother Nature Network and is republished here for all you good people.

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Dog and kitten are best friends in hiking and life

The best place to see the world is from atop your BFF’s head.

MARY JO DILONARDO   December 6, 2017.

Baloo’s favorite spot to hang out is on Henry’s head. (Photo: henrythecoloradodog/Instagram)

Henry wasn’t the first dog Cynthia Bennett and her boyfriend spotted when they went looking for a canine pal a few years ago, but he’s certainly the one that won them over.

“I had my eyes set on a golden mix puppy, but when I saw the lanky Henry sitting there I had to see him,” Bennett tells MNN. “When we got into the pen with him, he immediately climbed into my lap and went belly up. It was then I knew that we were taking him home.”

 The couple brought the pup back to their home in Colorado where they hoped he would fit into their active, outdoorsy lifestyle. Fortunately, bold Henry was all in. But not long after it became clear that Henry was also extremely stressed out. Cynthia thought maybe a kitten companion might help ease Henry’s anxiety, while also offering another adventure buddy for the family.

She spent several months looking for just the right feline friend. Most, she says, just didn’t have the right personality she wanted for an adventurous cat. Then she met a Siamese kitten mix named Baloo.

“Baloo however convinced me to bring him home in under a minute. He was super playful and curious and the biggest love bug.”

Henry and Baloo hit it off immediately and are the best of friends, Bennett says.

“They do everything together, eat, sleep, hike and have become inseparable. It took only one day of them getting used to each other and then they started immediately snuggling and playing. It happened so quickly.”

Not only are the pair adventure buddies, they also have quite a following on Instagram. One of their most popular poses is Baloo comfortably perched (and sometimes sleeping) on Henry’s head.

It’s a natural fit, Bennett says.

“Baloo feels much safer with Henry around and is constantly looking up to him. So if he is on Henry, he feels even more comfortable,” she says. “They are the best of friends, especially on hikes. Baloo follows Henry and Henry just lights up when he realizes that Baloo is coming too.”

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That photograph of Henry and Baloo is so wonderful that I will close today’s post by sharing it with you again but cropped to really focus on them both.

Have a wonderful weekend!

26 thoughts on “Friendship cat and dog style

  1. This is a wonderful story, Paul 😀
    My two old cats at more than 14 years old did raise my dog, Odin. He will soon be 5 years old now. They were tough in his first week in the house, where he needed to learn, that they were the kings and he was only and would never be anything more than a prince…..
    Today, they go on together, but it demanded time, because my cats haven’t had so good experiences with dogs earlier. I lived in a forest, where many didn’t follow the rules about having their dogs at the leash. I didn’t mind this, if people had control over their dogs, but often the wrong people didn’t have either leash or control.
    Sometimes they sleep together now.

      1. Just asked Jeannie if she had any tips. But she couldn’t add anything. In our case, the cats and dogs are only together when we are sitting with them in the evening.

      2. I think they have a bit of a jealousy problem. Lotta gets a bit possessive over me if the cat tries to approach the sofa in the evening but to be fair the Mini has never been a cuddly cat. I also have to watch that Lotta doesn’t chase Mini. The cat walks past Lotta in slow motion it’s really quite hilarious to watch 😄

  2. Furbulous post!
    3 bum swings! 3 more! 💜
    Thank you. This post brings to mind my beloved Pop. An orange runt of a tabby who thought he was the King of the Woods. Pop always loved sleeping on my head. HuMom has many pics 😉
    I have a new orange tabby furiend, Jerry Underfoot but he doesn’t want to be my sleeping cap 😉

    Nose nudges,

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