It seems to be a case of ‘love that dare not speak its name’ – physical affection between a cat and a dog. But could there be more at play?
By Published on 6 Feb 2019
Human Brenna Eckert set up a security camera to spy on her rescue dog, Joule, and cat Kelvin, while she was out at work. The resultant footage was quite a surprise.
The power of love
Joule and Kelvin – who had similarly matching names, Sandals and Socks, while at their respective rescue shelters – immediately bonded upon being teamed up in the Eckert home.
But the intensity of that bond went unnoticed until the security footage revealed how they respond to each other when there are no people around: with physical affections.
“If we are home, Joule wants to be with us, so she basically ignores the cat,” Eckert told The Dodo. “[She] had a lot of anxiety when we first adopted her. We worked one-on-one with a dog behaviorist to help work through some of her issues.”
But when the humans are away, the cat will play – as the spy cameras revealed.
“We noticed that Kelvin and Joule were laying on the couch together almost every day,” continues Eckert. “I moved the camera to get a closer view of the couch and was amazed to see that they weren't just sharing the couch, but they were snuggling up against each other.”
Watch the footage carefully, and you can see that Joule – aka Sandals – looks rather nervous when Kelvin the cat jumps up along side her and into her personal space. Is she afraid of the cat – or aware of the camera? Is she uncomfortable with the level of physical intimacy that Kelvin/Socks demands? Eckert doesn’t think so.
“Kelvin's personality is very mellow and sweet,” she says. “He loves sleeping and being warm, both of which he gets by snuggling up to Joule during the day.”
While Joule is no stranger to the sofa – she is described as a ‘velcro dog’ in human company – Kelvin does not dare make such approaches with witnesses present.
“They only snuggle with each other like this when we are not around,” points out Eckert.
The jury is still out on whether the dog-cat relationship is equivocal, or there’s a balance of power between Joule and Kelvin that human eyes can’t quite detect.
What do you think? Are Sandals and Socks a big mistake – or could this love story have a happy ending?