Cats and dogs have a reputation of not getting along. For some reason, they were meant to fight and not really like each other, but this sweet pupper proves otherwise. Raylan the dog has recently become viral because of a video of him taking care of tiny kittens. The video shows how sweet and comforting a relationship between a cat and a dog can be.
Raylan is a parent to a lot of foster cats, taking care of them and loving them until they find a forever home. The kittens either lost their moms or were thrown away by their owners. There are so many animals in the world that have the same faith. Luckily, there are dogs like Raylan and people like Raylan's owner to save the day and find the lost animals a good home.
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"Raylan's a very smart dog who is eager to please and up for any adventure." - The owner told Bored Panda. "I found out he liked cats when we brought our first foster kitten (Watson) home 6 years ago when Raylan was already 3 years old. He immediately just wanted to play with him and was so gentle and patient. Watson's now our neighbour and they hang out frequently."
Raylan_the_dog has over 20k followers on Instagram. A lot of people enjoy the adorable content they post. "Raylan is a purebred mutt who enjoys getting beer for loved ones, road trips, and cuddling with his foster kittens"—that's what it says in Raylan's Instagram description. Obviously, he's a sweetheart. Raylans owner explained how they got him: "Raylan was adopted from a high-kill shelter where he was going to be euthanized. Nobody wanted him because he was too high energy and untrained - but clearly no one had tried to train him."
Raylan has taken care of over 60 kittens in his 9 years of life. That's a lot of children to have! The owner explained how Raylan takes care of the kittens: "He cleans them constantly (which is very very helpful when they're really young), as well as playing with them and carrying them around. He also stops them if they try to scratch the sofa."
The video that went viral features Raylan and two little kittens stumbling to him and then snuggling up to the pooch. The video itself has about 64k views. The comments are full of love and wishes for the cats to find a good home. The owner said: "I don't know how he hasn't gone viral before! We've been doing this for years and he's so amazing."
We asked the owner to tell us how Raylan reacts when it's time for the kittens to leave: "He's usually ready for a rest when the kittens leave and never seems sad afterwards, but after a few weeks of alone time he starts to get sad if I don't get new kittens - and when new kittens come he's always so happy and excited. New kitten day is his favourite day!"
The owner works with a lot of shelters, but mostly pays for the care of kittens out of her own pocket. Please consider helping shelters out with a donation! Maybe start fostering animals yourself?
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These little kittens have been here for less than 24 hours and already think that Raylan is their mother. They follow him around like little ducklings and SCREAM if he’s not paying attention to them. Raylan’s actually not fond of the screaming, but he loves keeping them clean and helping when they make a mess eating.