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Adorable photos of cat and dog capture their super close friendship

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Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

Hessel the Labrador Retriever and Hannes the cat have been friends since the day they met. Their dad, Bert Jonkhans, told DogHeirs, “We got Hannes as a kitten when Hessel was 1 years old.”

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

Hessel is now almost 8 years old and Hannes is almost 7. The family lives in the Netherlands.

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

"The family where Hannes was born also had a dog. So Hannes was already used to dogs when he came to live with us," said Bert.

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together
"True friendship is checking your friend's breath before he goes on a date..."

Hessel on the other hand, wasn’t familiar with cats. "Hessel wasn’t fond of cats; like a characteristic dog, he thought cats were for chasing," he explained.

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

"Then Hannes came into his life; a curious little kitten, who followed him everywhere in the house, slept on his bed and ate from his food bowl."

Hessel and Hannes are best friends

"From day one Hessel accepted Hannes completely, being the silly, sweet dog he is."

Hessel and Hannes are best friends

"A real Labrador, Hessel can be boorish, so he didn’t understand his body is too heavy for lying on top of the cat," said Bert. "But Hessel always approaches Hannes calmly."

Hessel and Hannes are best friends

"On the other hand, Hannes loves attacking Hessel. Especially when Hessel is asleep, or just walking by," described Bert.

Hessel and Hannes are best friends

"For example Hannes is sitting on the back of the couch, Hessel walks by and Hannes is giving him a whack on his buttocks. Then he immediately runs away, hoping Hessel will come after him."

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together
"The secret of friendship is being a good listener!"

"But they also love to sleep together," described Bert. "In the beginning we sometimes couldn’t find the cat. We looked everywhere and would find a little cat tail under the dog."

Hessel and Hannes love to sleep together

"The cat? No... I Haven't seen him!"
Hessel and Hannes love to sleep together

"Lying with the dog is, of course, a very warm place for a cat, he doesn’t mind the dog being all over him."

Hessel

Hannes

"Over the years they still are the best friends, Hannes is the boss though."

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

"They are calmer now that they are older. So the playing and attacking from Hannes has lessened."

Hessel and Hannes love to sleep together

"Most of the time they sleep with each other."

Hessel and Hannes are best friends

"We assume that Hannes thinks he’s a dog also. He eats like a dog, he loves water, loves chasing balls, listens to his name and hates to be alone."

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

"He adapts perfectly into the pack."

Hessel and Hannes love to hang out together

Two years ago, the Jonkhans got another dog called Millie. "Millie is 7 years and was also used to cats when she came into our house."

Millie, Hannes and Hessel are a happy family.

"Hannes and Millie accept each other and sometimes sleep together, but they do not have the same bond Hessel and Hannes have."

"It’s great living with them, and my camera is always in the neighborhood." Ready to take more great photos!

Hessel and Hannes have their own Facebook page here and you and see more of Bert's photographic work at his website Bert Jonkhans Fotografie.


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That is a very special couple. And the pictures are awesome.
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