As if on a remake of that fabled elephant afraid of a field mouse,
in a funny-to-watch scene, a big, fully-grown golden retriever is so scared of a tiny little quiet-looking kitty cat, it’s like watching said Aesop fable but with completely different animals.
While the caretaker of both kitten & canine, holding the kitty to his side, tries to sit by said dog, the golden promptly leaves the couch to his predetermined ‘safe distance’ to then intently look at the little cat.
A little bit later, while dog’s sitting a little bit further away back in the couch, dog makes a little progress by not moving when the owner again tries to engage with kitty in tow, while clearly seeing dog tense up. Then as caretaker reaches hand towards dog, the golden promptly leaves to its ‘safe spot’ out the couch.
While owner continues to prod dog while insisting on staying put in the couch, dog irresistibly tries going back to its favorite sitting spot in said furniture. It tries barking to kitty, then retorting to softer barks some time later.
In between barking, dog looks the other way, as if by doing so, the ‘problem’ ceases to exist (how funny). The owner taps with its hand right next to him in order to call the Golden, but it plays aloof to it, then when owner sneaks his way closer to where dog is sitting at the other end of the couch, the golden cannot help but look back again sensing its ‘danger’.
The caretaker gets close enough to pet the dog’s back paw, & the golden responds as expected, but then seeing the kitty still on tow, it hilariously prefers to again leave the couch to his predetermined ‘safe distance’ (LOL).
The owner gets an idea; put the kitty on one of the couch’s edges, then just him & dog, play together on the other edge. That makes the golden gather enough security to do so, while every so often turning to the kitten, now moving around a little more, & barking as if trying to keep kitty away.
By this point, the kitty’s responding in kind (with baby tiny little sharp short meows), the dog then trying to engage in ‘conversation’. When kitty’s on the floor, no doubt exploring its new territory, the golden keeps looking from its ‘safe’ spot on top of the couch, barking in the kind of way that seems to say, ‘you stay there, I stay here’.
Then, the ‘magic’ happens, all thanks to food. As owner has kitty on lap, trying to feed it with little portions, the golden’s now closer on the couch for caretaker to also offer the same to it. At first, the dog cautiously smells it (any kitty odor there?), but finally ends up taking treat.
As if on cue, kitty tries using owner’s hand as prop to get closer to dog taking treat in order to explore the elusive golden a little closer. The dog, now more focused on the food, seemingly allows it. Then caretaker tries with another small food portion, this time holding it in between the two.
Both animals go for it simultaneously, apparently touching each other for the 1st time.
That seemed to be enough excitement on this 1st encounter. For the next couple days, dog keeps watching kitty like a hawk, following it as the baby animal plays with its toys & walks around. Kitty even tries to ‘do its part’ by enticing dog into play; dog’s still ‘having none of it’.
Yet again, the ‘unexpected’ happens. The golden starts to smell kitty, & before you know it, in a couple more days, dog’s using its snout to prod kitty along. It’s even grooming the little thing, with kitty responding in kind by playing as if attempting to scratch dog’s face, as cats do when instinctually practicing their ‘hunt’.
By the next 2 days, it’s like watching mother & child frolicking around as if knowing each other their whole lives. Cat’s favorite? Playing with dog’s moving tail. Dog’s favorite? Allowing a now more mature kitty cat to sit on the side of its face.
Just think what a little food-sharing can do between humans, whether on this festive season as well in less festive ones.
Thank you to Yanise Cabrera.