In 2014, avid hikers Cynthia Bennet and her boyfriend adopted their first dog, Henry. Bennet was interested in finding a golden retriever mix, but then she came across Henry… At just 14 weeks old, he stole her heart. Henry was 5x bigger than the other puppies but quickly proved himself to be a huge cuddle bug. When Bennet sat down, he curled up in her lap, went belly up, then flipped his head over her arm. That’s when she knew he was “the one.”
Bennett told The Dodo: “I think we only had him for three days when we took him on our first hike. He found the steepest, tallest rock around, and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge.” That’s when they started calling him their little “mountain goat.”
After a few months, the couple decided their family wasn’t complete. After five months of searching, they rescued a Siamese kitten mix named Baloo. “He ran right up to me,” Bennett said. “And he was the one who played, but he wasn’t the most rowdy.” Just like Henry, he was perfect for them.
When Henry and Baloo were first introduced, it was love at first sight, according to Bennet. Reportedly, all they wanted to do was snuggle up together and play. Before long, both critters started going on hiking trips with their human parents.
“He’s definitely not the kind of cat we can leave home alone on the weekend anymore,” Bennet said, referring to Baloo. “I think he thinks he’s more a dog than anything.”
The hiking enthusiast added,
“I get a lot of questions about how we got him used to it. But he really loves it. He really wants to go outside. “If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door.”