A couple who loves outdoor life has found the perfect companions for their outdoor adventures: a rescue dog and cat, named Henry and Baloo.
Five years ago, Cynthia Bennett and Andre Sibilsky moved to Colorado to live out their passion for the mountains. When they adopted Henry in 2014, they were thrilled to discover that the energetic puppy enjoyed hiking as much as they doing.
“On his first real outing, he ran to find the highest rock to perch in order to have an optimal view,” says Cynthia. “Since then, we call him our little mountain goat, not only because of his climbing abilities, but for his love of the great outdoors”.
Last year, the couple started looking for the ideal cat to complete their intrepid little tribe: calm, but not too quiet or restless. Finally, it was Baloo, a Siamese crusader, who seduced them. Henry immediately adopted him.
“Henry is anxious about the separation and he would have been stressed every time we left,” she adds. “We wanted to adopt a companion for him, and it is Baloo who fulfills this role.”
“As for Baloo, his mother abandoned the litter just after birth, so I guess he’s looking for an animal that has a maternal role,” she says. “On the first day, Baloo huddled against Henry and tried to suckle in. Since then, he’s done just like Henry: he’s even convinced he’s a dog himself.”
Fortunately, Baloo ended up adopting the passion of the couple and Henry for nature getaways. All Cynthia has to do is grab Henry’s leash and Baloo starts meowing at the door, like a reminder not to leave without him.
The great team went camping, hiking, snowshoeing and paddle riding in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Texas, Oregon, California, and much further afield.
The couple is often asked how they make sure Henry and Baloo don’t escape during their outings. Cynthia explains that Baloo wears a reflective leash, although they don’t usually hold it, as he never ventures far away on his own. For longer walks, they take it in their backpack.
“He jumps out of the bag when he wants to walk and meows when he prefers to be carried.”
Henry, on the other hand, likes to beat the campaign a little more. He wears a bell so as not to surprise wild animals and will tend to get agitated if he meets one, giving warning to the couple.
“Henry doesn’t run away because he’s very loyal. As I was saying, he’s suffering from anxiety about separation. That’s why I think he always makes sure he knows where we are at all times.”
The couple adopted Henry from Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue in 2014, when he was three months old. In 2017, they adopted Baloo from Evergreen Cat Sanctuary when he was not yet three months old.
Since their meeting, Henry and Baloo never leave each other.
Who says cats and dogs can’t get along?
This article translated from www.huffingtonpost.fr