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When Your Socially Awkward Dog Becomes A Cool Cat

I think it is fair to say that neither Ruby nor I will ever be described as cool – like never ever. We are both introverts and a wee bit socially awkward. Not all introverts are socially awkward, and some are even cool, but we are not those introverts.

I am OK with the introvert thing: I like my introvert ways but being socially awkward is challenging for both of us at times. Ruby is weird around bikers, joggers, and occasionally plumbers. She’s afraid of our backyard, anything that squeaks, and the kitchen cabinets because they might unexpectedly open and gobble her up. She’s also socially awkward around other dogs. Not all dogs, just some dogs. It’s like she doesn’t know how to be a normal dog (in the same way I don’t always know how to carry on normal conversation). We are outsiders in a hopelessly uncool but nice way.

But then Teddy burst on the scene and saved the day!

Can cats and dogs be friends? Yes, they can?

Pre-Teddy days, I always worried that Ruby might be missing companionship with her own kind, someone with fur who walks on four legs. She has always loved cats, but Rosie is hit or miss and kind of fickle with her friendship.

Teddy is not shy or awkward (not even a tiny bit). In fact, he’s kind of a cool cat; charismatic, happy-go-lucky with a little extra spring in his paws. He’s also our most normal pet – only he’s kind of super-sized and dog-like so maybe not totally normal. We like our pets complicated, and extra special.

Can cats and dogs be friends when your dog is socially awkward and your cat is a cool catl

Can Cats and Dogs Be Friends? Yes, They Can

Remember the Seinfeld episode where George has a guy crush on Elaine’s boyfriend Tony cause he’s so cool? That’s kind of what’s happening between Ruby and Teddy: Teddy is Tony and Ruby is George and if she could make him some delicious sandwiches she would.

So now Ruby is part of the in-crowd, a cool cat by association. They snuggle on the couch, share sweaters (cause they are conveniently the same size). Teddy sits in the front window and stalks chipmunks; Ruby sits in the front window and stalks Teddy. And yes, Teddy occasionally mistakes Ruby’s tail for a feather toy, but what’s a little tailgating between friends?

No more awkward silences because Teddy fills them up with happy chirps. Ruby has finally found her wolf pack or lion pride or weird, socially awkward canine-feline hybrid. Being part of a power couple is super fun: Bonny & Clyde, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Batman and Robin, Lucy and Ricky, Barbie & Ken, peanut butter and jelly, Ruby and Teddy!

Cat and dog friends, sharing sweaters and the couch

Don’t forget October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Also, don’t forget to adopt a cat with your dog because why not. Follow us on Instagram for daily Ruby and Teddy big adventure stories.

Cans cats and dogs be friends? yes, they can


  1. October 10, 2018 / 9:47 am

    you are right… to be the part of a power couple is like getting magic power ;O)

  2. October 10, 2018 / 10:15 am

    What a lovely post. It’s good that they like each other. Two parts of a whole.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  3. October 10, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Friends are friends, no matter what color fur or species…

  4. October 10, 2018 / 11:49 am

    hari om
    this goes through precious and right out the other side!!! hugs whiskeries wags YAM-aunty xxx

  5. October 10, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Oh my, that is most wonderful and just what they both needed!

  6. October 10, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    We love Ruby and Teddy together! What a special friendship. P.s. Our mom thinks your very cool and she admires you very much.

  7. Bella, Roxy and Dui
    October 10, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    What a great couple. Don’t think we could have a cat in our house.

  8. October 10, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Love this! They are so cute together, especially in the sweaters.

  9. The OP Pack
    October 10, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Well, they do say that opposites attract. And if anyone ever wants to know why you are a foster failure again, you can say it was all for Ruby:)

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  10. Sandra Hangey
    October 10, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    what a sweet story and I am so happy they love each other.

  11. October 10, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    That’s so totally pawesome! I love playing with my kitty sister too, but I’m still working on the lying calmly together part…

  12. October 10, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    How cool is that? Or maybe that is bringing down Teddy’s cool factor? MOL!

  13. October 10, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    guyz….we think everee one oh ewe iz kewl…..N when ya heer yur kewl… spesh a lee frum friendz…. that makes ya MEGA KEWL ~~~~~~~~~

    { hi rosie de boss who taked de fotoz oh teddy N ruby ~~~ ♥♥♥

  14. October 10, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    MOL, I love it! That’s so cute that they can share sweaters, too. What a pair those two cool “cats” make!

  15. October 10, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I love, love, love that they can share sweaters! What a great friendship!

  16. October 10, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    We think it’s pawsome that Ruby has found a friend in Teddy.

  17. meowmeowmans
    October 10, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Oh, we love this! Friendship is transformative, isn’t it? 🙂

  18. October 10, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    I am really enjoying watching Ruby and Teddy’s relationship blooming! They look so comfortable with each other!

  19. October 10, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    BOL! Oh gurl, nows I thinks I needs a kitteh too!
    Ruby ♥
    (the OTHER Ruby ….☺)

  20. October 11, 2018 / 5:50 am

    My sisters are very social with people and all other animals they come across. I am really social with people, but a bit fearful of other dogs since I have gotten older. Mom is an introvert, but she says we dogs bring her out. Dog sports are something she loves and she is pretty good a mingling with other pet parents at dog events, but that is about the only place.

  21. October 11, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Makes sense to us! Friends come in all shapes and sizes.

  22. October 11, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Angel Pip is smiling what a precious friendship
    Hugs Cecilia

  23. October 11, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    oh my this was PRECIOUS and I can soooo relate!!!!!!! Dakota isn’t a fan of most dogs, he is super particular about people as well….certain things scare (or upset him), as is the case with Ruby. Cody is the Polar opposite. Cody thinks EVERYONE who enters our home is visiting HIM exclusively…..he is brave, super outgoing, hilarious……….(Dakota hides behind him)…they love each other, play together…Cody pretty much likes Dakota more than any animal has liked Dakota. Dakota IDOLIZES Cody and follows him everywhere. Cody calls the shots. This post was precious and your photos are DARLING!! I wish Dakota was small like Ruby because it’s hard for me to get photos of he and Cody together. That sweater on Teddy is too stinkin’ cute!!!

  24. October 11, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Hi guys, just stopping by to hi and what a lovely post and the pics are purretty special too!

    Have a wunderpurr day

    The B Team xox

  25. Linda Burrup
    October 11, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    This makes us so happy that Ruby and Teddy are becoming fast friends! And we hope things are going better for your puggie friends
    Hazel & Mabel

  26. October 11, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    This was an absolutely great post. I just loved hearing about about their friendship and how the best kind of friend can help bring out other aspects of your personality!! Wonderful! Some pets are just made for one another!!

  27. 15andmeowing
    October 11, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    That is so sweet.

  28. October 12, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I love this SO much, especially the photo of them both wearing sweaters! We often say that no one is normal in our household (animal or human), and we wouldn’t know what to do with anyone that was. 🙂

  29. October 13, 2018 / 12:26 am

    I’m with my tribe when I’m with my cats. Yeah. We’re not cool in the least, but we always have fun! We actually embrace our complete nerdiness. Bear’s been really good at showing me how to live – sounds like Ruby might have the same kind of example in Teddy.

  30. October 13, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    What a sweet post ! It’s always nice to have a friend, no matter his size or his color. Purrs

  31. October 14, 2018 / 10:47 am

    What a wonderful post! I loved the Seinfeld reference… it was perfect. I think that R does something similar for Shyla, even when we’re out and about. She’s cool by association but that coolness goes away as soon as she’s by herself. Thanks for such a fun post!

  32. Marjorie Dawson
    October 14, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    They are the best new ever. I love them both and don’t they just look comfortable together. 🙂

    Thank you for joining the Pet Parade, we really appreciate your friendship and support.

  33. October 16, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I seriously love the friendship/lovefest these two have found! It’s wonderful. I hoped Icy and Phoebe would have become friends with our cat Maggie, but she was a Harlem kitty who roamed solo and was way too cool for dogs! I’m glad Teddy has Ruby’s back, he’s super cool. For what it’s worth, I think you’re pretty cool too, friend!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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