Say hello to my little friend

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 27/04/2012

If you're small, it helps to have a big friend: someone to train you, protect you, keep you warm, be your mentor, and make you look cute. I'm not sure what the big friend gets out of the deal - but still, intersize friendships seem to be the rage in the pet world.

Say hello to Boston the Bulldog, and his little friend Kona.

Boston and Kona

Nitro and Poppy have a mutually beneficial relationship.

Nitro and Poppy

As do Jellybean the tortoiseshell and Inigo the young Golden Retriever.

Jellybean and Inigo

Follow me, bro, I'll show you the ropes. Koa the Husky pup has big brother (obviously not from the same litter) Rocky to teach him the ways of the world, starting with sitting proud and scanning the horizon. So cool - imagine these guys in shades.

Koa and Rocky

Another pup with training wheels is Gunner the German Shepherd. Gunner keeps an apprentice's eye on his grown mate Mack.

Gunner and Mack

Ninja takes a class in Sitting Cute 101, with tutor Inle.

Ninja and Inle

Here's Buck the splendid Dogue de Bordeaux, with his mini-me, Flossie the Neapolitan Mastiff pup. Gentle Buck crossed the Rainbow Bridge two years ago, suffering prostate cancer (yes, it afflicts dogs). RIP Buck.

Buck and Flossie

Meet intersize buddies Jasper and Frankie.

Jasper and Frankie

"Are you my mummy?" "Clearly not." Owen and Beko get to know each other.

Owen and Beko

This beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier, named Opal, plays a key role for a Rangiora rescue group called Cat Care Incorporated, which her owner Nicky is involved with. Six-year-old Opal acts as foster mother to rescue kittens, cleaning them and feeding them as needed. Here she's paying maternal attention to Charlotte the kitten. Good work, Opal and Nicky. Meanwhile, puppy Wilson tries to get his big friend Sika to play.

Opal and Charlotte

Wilson and Sike

Funny how pets often take up sentry duty in pairs. Here's Kitler and little Marmite.

Kitler and Marmite

Gypsy and little Ari watch the newly thrown bread scraps, knowing that soon the birds will arrive. Luckily the windows are kept shut.

Gypsy and Ari

Cyrus and Lola are both trying to catch that elusive laser light. Both cats were adopted on the same day in 2008, though Cyrus was 5 years old and Lola only 5 months. Owner Shirleen says Lola hounded Cyrus all day, wanting to play. "Cyrus, for the most part, put up with her until he had enough - which is when he used only ONE paw to pin her down to the ground for a few seconds. That usually stopped her shenanigans...for a little while. Sadly, Lola was hit by a car when she was nine months old and she died in my arms in the car as we rushed her to the emergency vet." RIP Lola.

Cyrus and Lola

Bailey the Golden Retriever puppy goes back to back with his big friend Loco. RIP Loco.

Bailey and Loco

Who's big and who's little here? It's all a matter of will between Trouble the cat and Kita the Kelpie.

Trouble and Kita

Ever seen an Irish Wolfhound in the flesh? It's quite a sight, loping along as high as a pony. This is Georgia, five years old and typically gentle with kittens Rosalie (left) and Emmett. Thanks for the photos, Michele.

Georgia and Rosalie

Georgia and Emmett

Another big hound with a little friend is Sid the Greyhound, here checking out Hugo.

Sid and Hugo

Lilly the English Pointer was a pushover for her cat friends. Here Momo snuggles up.

Lily and Momo

Watch and learn - but who's the teacher? Blu and Sam have precisely the same idea about how to relax.

Blu and Sam

Another of the biggest dog breeds you'll see is the Bernese Mountain Dog, of which Brina is a fine example. Her little mate is Whisky, whose breed I can't quite tell - Scottish Terrier?

Whisky and Brina

Sophie and her mini-me Fern have fun at the park.

Sophie and Dusky

Uh oh, looks as though someone said or did something disagreeable, cooling relations between dog and cat. Great picture, Michael.

Michael's cat and dog

This is more the kind of bond we like to see between little and large: Phoody the affectionate Burmilla likes to cuddle up to and groom Stella the choc Lab, and in return receives full protection.

Phoody and Stella

Finally, Griffin doesn't mind if you say hello to his little friend Purrcy, but you'd better treat the little guy right.

Griffin and Purrcy

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Sarah   #1   08:21 am Apr 27 2012

Adorable!! Very hard but I'm inclined to pick Nitro and Poppy as the favourite. If their mum/dad is reading this today, was that a temporary close bond (as my cats did once upon a time) or are they still that close?

And poor Buck, RIP beautiful. It can most definitely affect dogs, last year I luckily managed to catch my dog's enlarged prostate (so glad he can't quite leap into things as easily now he's older, the bath and the car making me lift him one day and know he was very sore) and after getting him to the vet the next morning was told what it was and a neuter to fix it was scheduled for early the following week. Very scary time, especially as having an entire dog (breed quality show dog with a responsible owner, before I get mobbed :P) always had a wider cancer risk. At least he was fixed (pun not intended, though I hate that term) and, er, this surgery meant I could stop having to feel for other possible boy cancers...

LoriM   #2   08:34 am Apr 27 2012

Gunner and Mac melted my heart today, but they are all so cute (as always). Thanks again for a great start to Friday Nick :-)

erin   #3   08:38 am Apr 27 2012

Love that shot of Trouble and Kita! The 'look' that cat is giving the dog gives me the impression of Trouble by both name and nature! Favourite Furry Friday yet!

Marzipan   #4   08:46 am Apr 27 2012

They are all so cute, I couldn't possibly pick a favourite! Especially love the dogs and kittys snuggling up together.

lizt   #5   08:46 am Apr 27 2012

Marmite and Kitler - what a fabulous pair of names and gorgeous cats too.

mchaggis   #6   08:48 am Apr 27 2012

What an amazing collection of big and little friends this FF.

Wouldn't dare pick a fave, as is my policy, because they are all so gorgeous, but I have to say I particularly loved Opal's story regarding the kittens. Wonderful to know there are some kind generous people such as Nicky and sweet Opal, willing to care for these homeless kittens.

Room 2 is going to have some difficulty this morning I think picking a favourite pairing. There will be some enthusiastic chattering going on, I bet.

RIP at the Rainbow Bridge dear Buck, Lola and Loco.

FDO   #7   09:02 am Apr 27 2012

Think this might possibly be the best yet, Nick. Great captions too. Always sad to see the RIPs. I could have sent in one with our dog, cat and cat-in-law curled up together - but it would have been 2 more RIPs. Wish they lived longer! Great photos. I couldn't pick favourites but I keep going back to look at a few of them. Jellybean and Inigo beautiful colours together, Koa and Rocky are so laid back cool... no, I'm going to stop before I list all of them.

LoveHuskies   #8   09:03 am Apr 27 2012

omigod those huskies are just adorable!!! I want to give them cuddles!

Hannah   #9   09:04 am Apr 27 2012

This is the best furry friday EVER lol. I adore them all but my favourite is Opal with Charlotte ( very in love with the Staffys I am) and followed by Buck and Flossie, oh and Griffin and Purrcy - look the list goes on - they are all beautiful!

Angela   #10   09:10 am Apr 27 2012

These are all so gorgeous that it is really hard to pick a favourite. I think though, that I will go for the beautifully wrinkly faces of Buck and Flossie.


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