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Dog and cat duo are world’s coolest fellow travellers

April 10, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Top Sydney dogs were auditioning at the weekend for a starring role in this year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Bohème; while internationally, a dog and cat travelling duo have gained about half a million Instagram followers and turned themselves into top travel stars.

On the local scene, competition among dog owners to win a spot on the Harbour Stage has been fierce, with more than 350 entries received, including one request from an animal parent to enter their horse.

The votes have already been cast for the ‘People’s Choice’ top five dogs, so now La Bohème Assistant Directors, Sally Hare and Trent Kidd, are making the final decision on which dogs will debut on the Harbour Stage. The winner will get to play the part of a Parisian pooch in La Bohème, set in a wintry 1960s Parisian landscape, featuring  cobblestone laneways, glowing street lamps and classically bohemian costumes.

MEANWHILE, in North America, best friends Henry and Baloo are a duo with a difference who enjoy exploring the great outdoors together. Henry is a dog and Baloo is a cat – which has gained them about half a million Instagram followers and made them top travel stars.

Henry and Baloo

The pair have gained cult social media status and an article by the BBC. Their general cuteness helps, as does their unlikely friendship and their hiking trips around the dramatic, mountainous landscapes of Colorado.

Baloo the cat likes travelling around (sometimes asleep) while draped on Henry the dog’s head. Owners Cynthia Bennett and Andre Sibilsky are still getting used to the popularity of their animals.

Henry the Colorado Dog (henrythecoloradodog) has his own Instagram account.

Henry is a “German Shepherd, Husky, Boxer, Staffordshire Terrier and Aussie mix” – the sort of dog Australians might call a bitzer. He was adopted from a rescue centre. Baloo the cat is also a rescued animal.

Their social media status and popularity are a reminder that lots of people love travel and just as many love animals. If a dog and cat can get along well together, maybe humans should try harder to do the same.

To see pics of Henry and Baloo: https://www.instagram.com/henrythecoloradodog/?hl=en

Written by Peter Needham

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