The image above is of a puppy and cat meeting through the glass of a door between our kitchen and deck. The cat is a barn cat named Camo, who has brought us rabbits as big as himself, which he preys upon. We were concerned that he would see Gus, the puppy, as prey, so we have kept them apart. As you can see, they are curious about each other.
Now I will tell you the rest of the story.
After the featured picture was taken, I took Gus outside and carefully placed him in the dog pen we have. Of course, the cat can enter or leave the pen at will. When Camo came into the pen, I picked up the puppy and removed him from the pen, then put him on the grass in the yard. The cat left the pen to be with us.
The cat, great hunter that he has proven to be, continued to study the awkward puppy. I stayed by the puppy, confident in my quickness so that I could grab the puppy if the cat threatened.
The bumbling puppy left the safety of standing between my legs and recklessly bounded toward the cat before I could swoop him up. I feared that Gus was in harm’s way. It would be my fault if the cat scratched his eyes out or hurt Gus in any way.
And, as Gus boldly ran right up to the cat, Camo did indeed defend himself by snarling and raising a claw-equipped paw. I did not blame Camo. Gus was the aggressor. Still, I wanted no harm to either pet.
I wish I had a movie of what happened next. The cat decided that Gus is not a rabbit, albeit rabbit-sized. He recalled the proper world order, which is that dogs chase cats. Camo ran away from the ferocious puppy. Actually, the puppy seemed friendly and wanting to play, as he tries to do with everyone else in our family. He attacks Sadie and Beau. He attacks Sugar and me. He attacks tennis balls and stuffed toys and bones.
Camo fled to a branch at an elevation just slightly beyond the reach of Gus, who barked at the cat in a scolding manner, challenging him to come down. Camo did not come down. Gus lost interest and followed me back to the house. Now he is sleeping. No doubt dreaming about battles won and to be won.
It looks like it would be lots of fun to be a puppy. This one is a brave hero in his own mind, unaware that he looks more cute than tough.