Because sometimes what you need most is to be reminded that dogs and cats can be best friends. Meet Raven the Tamaskan Dog and Woodhouse the cat, a pair of interspecies BFFs who first met when Raven was just a one-month-old puppy and Woodhouse was a kitten.
“I had always wanted a dog and a cat to grow up together. It’s been like a life goal,” her owner Christina tells The Dodo. “I wanted them to be able to get along well,” Christina explains. “So I wanted her to actually meet the cat and have the cat get along with the dog as well.”
They went to an animal shelter in Lubbock, TX where Raven was presented with four kittens. Three of them paid no attention to the puppy, but Woodhouse was immediately smitten. The new pair went home together and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Originating from imported USA sled type dogs and mixed with Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd, they then were exported to Finland where more recently other ferral looking sled type dogs have been added to improve the American Tamaskan. The purpose was to create a dog that looks like a ferral in appearance with working ability. Friendly and affectionate. Tamaskans should not appear weak in spirit or aggressive towards ponies or other dogs. Their high intelligence with an eagerness to please makes them a very versatile companion as well as a working dog.
Tamaskans originated in Finland, and were the result of a project to create a dog that looked like a wolf with a better temperament. Like their cousins, the german shepherd, they are good work dogs and loving family dogs. The addition of northern breeds, notably husky and malamute, leads to an intelligent and loyal, if not instantly obedient, lifetime companion and adventuring partner.
Originally I had a few more sketches on this page, but I kinda liked how striking this guy looked against a blank white sheet - like a lone wolf traversing a vast, snowy tundra. I wonder how far he’s come…and how much farther he has to go?