Avid hikers Cynthia Bennett and her boyfriend adopted their dog Henry back in 2014. At first Bennett was going to pick a golden retriever mixture, but then she came across Henry at an adoption event. He was merely 14 weeks age-old, but already five times bigger than the other puppies of the same age. When she entered Henry’s pen he merely curled up into her lap, moved belly up and flipped his head over her arm. That was when she knew he was the one.
“I think we only had him for three days when we took him on our first hike, ” Bennett told The Dodo. “He received the steepest, tallest rock around, and he operated up to the top of it to look over the edge.” That’s why they started calling him their “little mountain goat.”
A few months ago the couple decided that they’d like to have another pet in their own families. Bennett actually wanted a salvage kitten, and after five months of searching the shelters they ultimately discovered a Siamese kitten mixture named Baloo. They introduced the kitten to their bird-dog and Baloo just fell in love with Henry- all he craved was to play and snuggle with him.
It wasn’t long until Baloo started going on their first journeys together. “I get a lot of issues concerning how we got him used to it. But he really desires it. He really wants to go outside, ” Bennett said. “If I touch Henry’s leash,[ Baloo] will start hollering at the door.”