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This rescued cat and dog are hiking BFFs, and their photos are amazing

Here’s a feel good story that proves how love looks beyond race, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or even species.

In 2014, Colorado-based Cynthia Bennett and her boyfriend went to an adoption event to find a puppy. Initially, they thought of taking home a golden retriever mix. But then she spotted a giant pup named Henry.

“We looked around and Henry was just sitting there,” Bennett told The Dodo. “They said he was only three and a half months, but he was like five times bigger than the other three and a half-month old puppies.”

When she entered Henry’s pen, it was love at first sight – or love at first meeting, rather. The dog made a beeline for Bennett and lovingly curled up in her lap.

“And from then, I decided that he was coming home with us,” said Bennett.

It gets better. As it turns out, the couple didn’t just adopt a pet, they adopted a hiking buddy. The two, who are avid hikers, took Henry on one of their trips and found that he’s a natural in the great outdoors.

“He found the steepest, tallest rock around, and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge,” said Bennett. “We call him our little mountain goat.”

A few months ago, Bennett and her boyfriend decided to adopt again. But this time, they wanted a cat.

The couple looked for a rescue kitten for five months until they finally found the right one for them: a Siamese kitten mix named Baloo.

Right off the bat, their newest family member warmed up to them – especially to Henry. He just couldn’t stop playing and snuggling with the canine. In fact, he even comes on their hikes!

“I get a lot of questions about how we got him used to it,” Bennett said. “But he really loves it. He really wants to go outside.”

“He’s definitely not the kind of cat we can leave home alone on the weekend anymore,” she added. “I think he thinks he’s more a dog than anything.”

Of course, big brother Henry is always there to keep an eye on Baloo and make him feel right at home.

“He couldn’t be fitting into our little family any better and we just love him to the moon and back.”