Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your life. But, traveling by yourself can get a bit lonely at times, and traveling with other people can be a pain in your rear. But, there is a sweet spot somewhere in the middle, and that is traveling with your fur baby. What’s even better than that is when your fur baby has a fur baby.
When Cynthia Bennett went to the Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue three years ago, she was expecting to go home with a very different pup. But, fate had other plans for her. Fate gave her Henry, and the two have been inseparable since.
“I had my eyes set on a golden mix puppy, but when I saw lanky Henry sitting there I had to see him,” she told People. “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!” It was all history from that moment on.
Bennett and her boyfriend both enjoy the outdoors, and they moved to Colorado, so they could go on weekend hiking trips. It wasn’t long until Henry joined them. “I think we only had him for three days when we took him on our first hike, which was to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs,” Bennett told The Dodo. “He found the steepest, tallest rock around, and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge.”
After being the only child for three years, Bennett decided she wanted to give Henry a sibling of the feline persuasion. “I really wanted a rescue kitten, Bennett said. “I’d looked for five months, and I saw lots of different kittens, but none of them really had the right personality or fir. I knew that I wanted to take him anywhere – camping, hiking.”
Then she met five-month-old Baloo, and she fell in love with him immediately. “Baloo convinced me to bring him home in under a minute,” Bennett said. “He was super playful and curious and the biggest love bug.” But, when they brought Baloo home, he bonded with Henry the most.
Baloo got so attached to Henry, that he would freak out whenever they took him out for a walk. So Bennett started training Baloo with a harness so that he could accompany Henry on walks. “If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door,” Bennett said. “He’s very vocal.”
While the two are the best of friends, Bennett thinks that Baloo doesn’t exactly see Henry as a big brother. “I call them brothers, but I think Baloo thinks that Henry’s his mom because he constantly looks for a teat,” Bennett said. “So he’ll go in, and you can tell he’s looking, because he’s nuzzling under Henry’s armpit.”
Baloo may think that Henry is his mom, because the little kitten doesn’t see himself as a cat either. “He’s definitely not the kind of cat we can leave home alone on the weekend anymore,” Bennett said. “I think he’s more a dog than anything.”
But, it doesn’t seem that Henry minds Baloo prodding at him for a teat. Henry is extremely protective of the little kitten and constantly keeps an eye out for him. “Henry has become the best big brother and always checks on him to make sure he is doing okay,” Bennett said in an Instagram post. “He couldn’t be fitting into our little family any better and we just love him to the moon and back.”