We should all have a best friend who misses us as much as the cat, Jasper. In this video he misses his BFF, a dog named Bow-Z. This incredibly charming and funny video is just another example of one of the most heartwarming phenomena in nature — inter-species friendships.
The story behind this little video — which has been around for a few years but as sometimes happens on the internet, is having a viral moment again this week — is pretty simple. The dog had been away from home for 10 days. When he came back, his little buddy Jasper, a somewhat overenthusiastic cat, just couldn’t stop greeting him — with hug after hug.
Jasper throws in a few friendly bites as well, just to say, “Hey, don’t do that to me — stick around next time!”
Bow-Z, well, he must be used to this level of affection from his cat pal, because he’s just like, “Yeah, yeah, I love you too, man. Now where’s the supper dish.”
If this little example of inter-species friendship doesn’t get your week off to a good start, well — try one of these, brought to you over the past several months by the Inquisitr. Click on each link for the story.
Here’s a cat “adopting” a blind dog.
Here’s a cat that just wants to be friends with a horse in a stable.
Then there’s this little dog who helps an aging lion with some dental issues. That one has t be seen to be believed.
How do such amazing, and heart-melting inter-species friendships develop? There’s no real way to know, because scientists still haven’t figured out a way to talk to the animals — Dr. Doolittle notwithstanding.
“I wish I could crawl into these animals’ minds and ask!” said Jennifer Holland, author of the 2011 book on the topic, Unlikely Friendships and its sequel, Unlikely Loves. “But we can make some educated guesses based on what we know about animal brains—and our own.”
Holand believes that animal brains are not fundamentally different than human brains, and if nothing goes wrong, we are all hard-wired to help others in need.
“Instinctively animals take care of young to help them survive and therefore pass on the family DNA,” Holland told National Geographic magazine. “So I think there’s some hard wiring in there that leads them to offer care to another animal in need. If it isn’t a relative, there maybe some wires crossed, but I think the behavior comes from the same place.”
In other words, this cat and dog best friend video can be an example of how all of us are meant to behave toward each other.