Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Galileo has been dubbed "dog" by a family friend who comes over fairly regularily to do handy work around our house. Galileo greets people, and their dogs if they happen to bring them, at the door. Once the new person comes in and sits down he's either in their lap or he flops over right at their feet and presents his tummy for tummy rubs. Leo is a bit of a pig, so he often asks people, family members or guests, for food, either indicating that they should fill up his bowl or give him something off their own plate if they happen to be eating, and he'll whine if you ignore him. He's also really empathetic and will come sit with you if you're feeling upset or unwell, though I don't necessarily think that's a trait exclusive to dogs.
My sister's friend brought his Pomeranian over a few years ago. We put Dante and Cosette in the basement, as Cosey would have run away from the dog and Dante would have attacked, but we left Galileo to his own devices. As soon as the dog came in the house, Galileo was right there, wanting to smell his butt. It was pretty funny because the Pomeranian was clearly disconcerted by such a friendly, forward cat, and he spent the whole time trying to avoid Galileo, while Leo followed him around trying to get him to play. And, he's not shy around big dogs either. Galileo is just such a calm, confident, dominant cat that his forwardness is much more dog-like than cat-like.
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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