“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Obviously, this is the kind of love that this Chihuahua and kitten share in this viral post on Reddit! And that’s despite the fact that they belong to different species!
With more than 19k votes, the post has been making so many online commenters laugh and smile. It’s a kind of friendship that’s not very common, but the two small animals don’t care about their origins and differences.
If your heart has been captured by the chihuahua in this video, here are some amazing facts about this dog breed from the American Kennel Club:
Chihuahuas are among the most loving and loyal dogs. A chihuahua feels very happy to lie on your lap and follow you everywhere all day. Yes, to this adorable dog, you are the purpose of its existence. And it’s very convenient to take along wherever you want to go because its small size makes it easy to fit into a tote bag.
As much as a chihuahua loves you, it doesn’t trust strangers. Small as it is, this dog has the attitude of a big, brave dog. Its breed is also known for intelligence and alertness; that’s why it’s also a good watchdog.They are extremely smart and quick learners. Yes, these are among the primary traits of chihuahuas. They will do everything to please you, which makes it easy for them to be trained. They are also known for their agility, enabling them to proudly compete in dog sports.
Big dog attitude, big personality. Lovable and charming, you may be tempted to overlook a chihuahua’s tendency to rule at home. Be sure to train it early, and make it recognize you as the alpha of the pack.
Now, try to guess where the name of this dog came from. If you answered from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, you’re right. But it’s also interesting to note that today’s chihuahuas are believed to be a crossbreed of ancient dogs from South and Central America and tiny, hairless dogs from Asia. In these modern times, this dog breed has remained so popular that celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Cesar Milan have them as pets.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.