When Yanouk moved in our neighbour house 5 years ago he was 6 month old and Arthur a young curious boy of about 7 month. Yanouk had never seen a cat before. Arthur had seen a lot of dogs and he found them crazy.
The trouble is, Arthur is not afraid of dogs ! When he walkes by a fence where a dog is locked in the garden, he would sit there and watch the dog jumping, running, throwing himself against the fence and barking like mad. Arthur's only reaction is moving his ears and making big eyes. When he has seen enough and the dog is near a heart attack Arthur would walk away. (tail up)
The same thing happens when people are walking their dogs in our street. Of course on a leash. Arthur would sit on the little wall in front of our house and look at the dog. Small dogs pulling at their leash and barking in soprano are quickly picked up and safed in their owners arms. Big dogs are pulling on the leash and the poor owner looks like doing waterski.
With Yanouk everything is different. When they first met looking at each other through the fence, Arthur put his little paw through the fence and Yanouk, wildly waggeling with his huge bushy tail sniffed at it. Then he wanted to play, he put his paws apart and his bottom up and waggled his tail like a windmill. Arthur found that funny and touched playfully these huge paws again. From this day on they were friends
Now I have to say that Yanouk is an enormous dog, he weights 60 kgs (133 lbs) and when he puts his paws on your shoulder he is as big as me i.g. 1.70 m (5.6 ft) and I am looking in his cute big face with his expressfull eyes full of love. So if you make the calculation as Arthur only weights 5 kg (11 lbs) I think he would fit at least 4 times into Yanouk. (I am bad in calculation)
Every sunday Arthur offers a fresh bone to his friend and Yanouk loves Sundays !
Arthur watches as the huge bone disappears in no time !
still a little crumb left
Arthur participates in his mind, but he preferes a nice piece of chicken or fish
In the warm sunshine they would lay together only separated by the fence and sometimes looking at each other. Or when it rains it happens that Arthur goes over to Yanouk and as he doesn't want to become wet he walks under Yanouk ! My neighbour observed that, but she didn't find her camera. Must have looked very funny, the huge black dog with the little white cat walking under his belly.
Another time, my neigbor Dominique saw Arthur sleeping in Yanouk's dog house with just his little white head looking out. Yanouk slept on the grass in front of his house (it's really big) and waited patiently that Arthur finished his nap. (Don't think that Yanouk is an outside dog, no he is both in and out).
Normally Yanouk is not so keen about cats, he would love to run behind them and bark at them. But he has to stay at his leash with Dominique and is not allowed to bark, he is very well educated which is absolutely necessary with such a huge dog. A dog of this size can quickly become dangerous when he is not trained. He doesn't know his strength.
Arthur has no problems with that, he never agreed to be educated. He educated himself.