Guest Star: The story of Hessel & Hannes

 Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Bert Jonkhans:

Adorable photos of cat and dog capture their super close friendship

The story of Hessel & Hannes


Hessel (the dog) & Hannes (the cat) are friends since the day they met.

Hessel is 9 years old, and Hannes 8.

We got Hannes as a kitten when Hessel was 1 years old.


The family where Hannes was born, also had a dog.
So Hannes was already used to dogs when he came to live with us.

Hessel wasn’t fond of cats; like a characteristic dog, he thought cats were for chasing.

Then Hannes came into his life; a curious little kitten, who followed him everywhere in the house, slept on his bed and ate from his foodbowl.


From day one Hessel accepted Hannes completely, being the silly, sweet dog he is.

As a real labrador he can be boorish, so he didn’t understand his body is too heavy for lying on top of the cat. But Hessel always approaches Hannes with calmth.

On the other hand, Hannes loves attacking Hessel.
Especially when Hessel is asleep, or just walking by.


For example Hannes is sitting on the back of the couch, Hessel walks by and Hannes is giving him a whack on his buttocks.

Then he immediately runs away, hoping Hessel will come after him.

But they also love to sleep together. Lying with the dog is of course a very warm place for a cat, he doesn’t mind the dog being all over him.

In the beginning we sometimes couldn’t find the cat.
We looked everywhere and would find a little cat tail under the dog.

Or find them lying like in the picture we added:

Over the years they still are the best friends, Hannes is the boss though

They are calmer, now that they are older.
So the playing and attacking from Hannes has become less.

Most of the time they are sleeping with each other now.


We assume that Hannes thinks he’s a dog also. He eats like a dog, he loves water, loves chasing balls, listens to his name and hates to be alone.

He adapts perfectly into the pack.

Since 5 years we have another dog called Millie. Millie is 9 years old now and was also used to cats when she came into our house.


Hannes and Millie accept each other and sometimes sleep together, but they do not have the same bond Hessel and Hannes have.

It’s great living with them, and my camera is always in the neighbourhood.

Hessel and Hannes also have their own fanpage on facebook:

It’s so nice to get reactions from all over the world. People sending pictures of their cat and dog, or just wishing people could learn from Hessel & Hannes.

Just accept and love each other, no matter what you look like, or what you are.


Pictures of them are also on my website:

or on my facebookpage:

Best regards, Bert Jonkhans

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