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October 7, 2013 6:32 AM   Subscribe

Retired Military Working Dog discovers first kitten. [slyt | cute | via]
posted by quin (36 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't think that was actually the First Kitten. It would be awfully well preserved for its age.

Also, did they teach you to step on kittens during your service? No? Then why are you starting now? Jeeze, guy, discipline!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:38 AM on October 7, 2013 [12 favorites]


The dog is not stepping on the kitten--just trying to scrape off the snow.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:42 AM on October 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


It was back in the before-time, in the misty Third Age of Agamoor, the Time of Heroes, in which that old canine warrior, Captain Bucephalus, or "Chef" to friends, first uncovered the runes of CAT and their young guardian, buried there preserved by the gods under the Mountains of Fluff in a long-forgotten era.
posted by JHarris at 6:53 AM on October 7, 2013 [8 favorites]


I think he's trying to pet him and cursing his big oafish paws for getting in the way.
posted by symbioid at 6:54 AM on October 7, 2013 [9 favorites]


I think he's trying to pet him and cursing his big oafish paws for getting in the way.

Or checking whether the meat is tender.
posted by Jahaza at 7:02 AM on October 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


The idea of cats and dogs being natural enemies is a message from big cartoon. Wake up sheep-L from the lies of the animal farm!
posted by rough ashlar at 7:04 AM on October 7, 2013 [9 favorites]


NOES STOP SNIFFING ME I NO LIKE BEING SMELLED
posted by Kitteh at 7:04 AM on October 7, 2013 [5 favorites]


Obviously, there wouldn't be a horrific gruesome ending. Something like that would be deleted pretty quickly, but even so, I couldn't help but be tense. That kitten, it wouldn't even be two mouthfuls if the dog were so inclined.

Cute kitten though.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:17 AM on October 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kid, you're not allowed in here. ... Kid, that's for the humans. ... Kid, what species are you anyway? Kid? Kid?
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 7:22 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh my goodness tiniest little babby hello yes I will snuffle your tummy.

I especially like how many times the dog sniffs the kitty as if to double and triple and etc check that it is not a confusingly mrrowly puppy.
posted by elizardbits at 7:26 AM on October 7, 2013 [7 favorites]


Kitten perspective: Shadow of the Furry Colossus
posted by biffa at 7:27 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


"What is this? This is very interesting. It smells interesting. Oh, claws! Small teeny claws! I need to sniff more."
posted by xingcat at 7:29 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Why are you squeezing me with your body?

It's a hug, kitty; I'm hugging you.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:33 AM on October 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


00.08: Sgt Barker, stop brown nosing me!
00.35: Assume parade formation. SIT!
00.40: Recce patrol! Fall in line Sgt and follow me.
01.02: Do you recognise this contraption Sgt? What does it do?
01.18: Be quiet in the ranks while I examine it.
01.40: Yes, you do have quite long legs Sgt Barker. But I don't think you would have fitted in there.
02.04: For God's sake man, get down, we might be under attack from a fly.
02.20: No, go round the other side. We'll conduct a pincer attack.
posted by MuffinMan at 7:40 AM on October 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


That kitten totally gave that dog the slip right there at the end

Some soldier he turned out to be
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 7:54 AM on October 7, 2013


He is sniffing it because he knows it is not a bomb, but he also knows it can explode (into a ball of cuteness) at any moment.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:01 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, that is just what my morning needed. Yay! Yay MWD (ret) and yay tiny kitten!
posted by rmd1023 at 8:14 AM on October 7, 2013


Seems like a good place to put this gif.

Videos like this make me regret that my dog never liked cats. In fact, he went to great lengths to convince himself that he lived in a world without cats - visiting a friend with a kitten, he'd always turn his head away so that the cat would not be visible. He'd have to let the kitten play with his tail because to chase it away would be to admit its existence.
posted by moonmilk at 8:30 AM on October 7, 2013 [13 favorites]


Seems like a good place to put this gif.

Sunbeams: The great equalizer in the eternal dog versus cat conflict.
posted by quin at 8:33 AM on October 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


That was great - I can imagine those two becoming fast friends quickly.
posted by wotsac at 8:33 AM on October 7, 2013


That's a vicious-looking animal. I'm surprised the dog wasn't scared.
posted by Decani at 9:27 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Reminds me of Foghorn Leghorn and the Chickenhawk
posted by briank at 9:29 AM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


The joy of kittehs - I run away from spiders, and it's not afraid of a creature who's tongue is longer than it is.
posted by billiebee at 9:33 AM on October 7, 2013


Aww doggie is so perplexed that the kitten doesn't return the greeting/play/hello equal! Bow.
posted by The Whelk at 9:47 AM on October 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


That sweet kitten smell would be irresistible to a retired military working dog. I'm only one of those things and it's irresistible to me.
posted by Blue Meanie at 9:52 AM on October 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


rough ashlar: "The idea of cats and dogs being natural enemies is a message from big cartoon. Wake up sheep-L from the lies of the animal farm!"

In my experience, the typical cat/dog relationship is something like this:

DOG: Oh my god! Oh my god! A cat! Want to play? Want to play?

CAT: [...]

DOG: Look at me! I can crouch down and be your height, too! See? See? Want to play?

CAT: *walks away*
posted by brundlefly at 11:04 AM on October 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


The cat/ dog fight comes from the fact that all the submissive/ aggressive behaviors between cats and dogs are completely switched:

Laying on your back: doggy submission, kitty ready to fight.
Low rumble: dog growling, cat purring.
Eye Contact: Staring: doggy dominance, kitty irritation.
Eye Contact: Looking away: Doggy submission, kitty love.

It's like they were designed to dislike one another, which is why I always enjoy it when they become friends, because it tells me that they've overcome a non-trivial language barrier to realize, "hey, you're warm, and here all the time. we should be buds."
posted by quin at 11:31 AM on October 7, 2013 [8 favorites]


Everytime I see dogs and cats playing together I remember this scene:

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!

posted by Mojojojo at 12:11 PM on October 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have two big dogs who live inside with me, and I feed around 8 stray cats outside. I have to be careful when taking the dogs through the front door in case there is a cat having a snack. Cats are for chasing. I've gotten the dogs trained well enough to come back when called even if they're in the middle of the chase but I'm unsuccessful so far in training them not to begin the chase in the first place.

So cats are for chasing but then they met Tom, the exception to the rule. The first meeting had the dogs trying to be as ferocious as possible, with the barking and growling and lunging but Tom, who was in the middle of taking a bath, took a lazy swipe at the nose of the biggest dog and then went back to licking his bottom. The dogs were thoroughly confused, started up with the cacaphony again, briefly, until Tom got up and did the headbut / cheek rub on both dogs, and then the mutual sniffing started.

So Tom won that round, and these days he's around frequently with the big dogs looking very nervous when he shows up. They'll stand relatively still while he rubs all over them, looking at me as if to ask me to remove this scary creature who won't leave them alone. For Tom's part, he seems quite fond of them and will sit with the dogs for a while when they're in the back yard, sleeping peacefully at the feed of the formerly ferocious and very nervous black lab.
posted by honestcoyote at 2:17 PM on October 7, 2013 [12 favorites]


Ghidorah, I suspect an ex-military dog would not be much of a risk for attacking the kitten deliberately. I imagine that dogs with strong prey/chase drives would get filtered out early in the training. If you are delicately quartering a building looking for bombs, you don't want the dog to see a rat and suddenly go dashing off.
posted by tavella at 3:55 PM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


tavella, I thought that as well, but the rational aspect just kind of went out the window when I saw adorable fluffy kitten next to trained slab of muscle, jaws, and thousands of years of instinct (hopefully) kept under control through training. Big dog. Cute kitten. Luckily it was an 'aww, adowable' video.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:35 PM on October 7, 2013


Awwww. The dog can't figure out what the tiny thing is, but is sure it wants to play.

I'm more impressed with the kittens reaction; All the cats I've met either hide from, run away from, or attack dogs. They don't usually just ignore one.
posted by Canageek at 6:09 PM on October 7, 2013


"It's... kind of like a puppy? but not really? Attempting play maneuvers.."

"It's..kind of like my mommy? but not really? Attempting play maneuvers.."
posted by bleep at 8:10 PM on October 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Retired Military Working Dog discovers first kitten

Alternately, this video could be titled DEFENSELESS KITTEN STALKED, HARRASSED BY ENORMOUS PREDATOR.
posted by gern at 12:06 PM on October 8, 2013


Unfortunately it's not quite enough for a post of its own, so I'm gonna put here the greatest doggy picture ever:

How to tell if your dog is involved in a sex scandal

(via @wfmu)
posted by moonmilk at 12:34 PM on October 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


Oh wow, that's great moonmilk.
posted by JHarris at 8:47 PM on October 9, 2013


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