Tally, the Husky Who Thinks She’s a Cat

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Last week we told you about the kitten who thinks she’s a pit bull.  Now meet Tally, the Malamute-husky mix who has spent so much time around cats that she seems to think she is one!

Reddit user DONG_OF_JUSTICE says the dog was “raised with cats, and thought she was a f—ing cat herself.”  She was adopted at two years of age, and had spent her puppyhood with kitties.

She seems like such a normal puppy...
She seems like such a normal puppy…


D_O_J (I will not type that name again!) says “I was told that they were very mischievous and would bring her along their dastardly escapades together.”

Tally has never been very interested in bonding with other dogs.

“She’s not very interested in interacting with their kind.  I’ve brought her to dog parks, and it’s pretty funny. She’ll walk around sniffing things, while a bunch of dogs are following her and trying to smell her. Doesn’t even notice them.”

And this is where it begins.  Cats and their affinity for boxes.
And this is where it begins. Cats and their affinity for boxes.


And bags.  Boxes and bags.
And bags. Boxes and bags.


Sadly, D_O_J’s family had to rehome Tally.

“My parents gave her away to some family friends a few years ago.  Because of her extensive shedding and because we couldn’t give her the attention she deserved (among other things, she needed at least two 1-1.5hr walks every day).”

But she has merrily adjusted to her new home.

Boom.  Cat.  In a typical cat position, or as we call it in our house, "egg."
Boom. Cat. In a typical cat position, or as we call it in our house, “egg.”


“They’re treating her excellently and she’s happy, so I’m happy,” he said.  “She’s not the kind of dog that’ll get homesick, but she’s still super excited when we visit her, which is really cute.”

Her new home doesn’t have any felines, but she still hasn’t lost her cattitude.

“She likes to lie there, observing people and silently judging them all day.”

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And she’s full of all kinds of other silly quirks.

“She’s not allowed to go upstairs, but she’ll try to sneak up one stair at a time. You can usually tell how badly she wants you to come downstairs by how far she’s gone up the stairs. This is about 3/10 urgency.”

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"Lazy but flexible, so she'll twist her head round to check what's going on."   Typical cat.
“Lazy but flexible, so she’ll twist her head round to check what’s going on.”
Typical cat.


But deep down, she's still a dog.
But deep down, she’s still a dog.



For more cute photos of Tally, click here.






10 thoughts on “Tally, the Husky Who Thinks She’s a Cat”

  1. I am avid do lover and when I lived in a 3 story town home my Pit Bull would run up and down the steps most of the day. I love my dogs to be upstairs with me not a problem they had atleast 3 beds upstairs so which ever one they choose to sleep in was up to them. My Pittie twists up like that too….her whole body could be facing forward and she would lean her head back upside down to see where I am. She looks like a contortionists when she is all twisted up all different ways but she is comfortable and if she is OK ….I’m great.

  2. that poor dog looks depressed and lonely for some companionship dogs are pack animals and like the company of other dogs she obviously was never socialized to know how to play with other dogs if at the dog park she ignores them which I find hard to believe. How horrible and dangerous a potato chip bag on her head many dogs have died from suffocation. I am sad for the dog given up from first owners because she sheds a clear case of a disposal pet situation. How sad and depressed her eyes look in all pics.

    • Sad indeed, they should have made sure Tally went to a cat that only likes cats but owns one or two at least. She’s so sad. Sorry baby. Humans playing God or rather Frankestein in this case and then leaving their poor victims to aimlessly wonder the planet.

      • Sorry meant to say to a home that not only likes cats but also owns … sorry again, but furiously typing while I see this case of dog abuse!

  3. This not a case of dog thinks it is a cat, it’s a Mal mix and everyone knows cats try to be Malamutes and mimic them, just ask my 2 Mals


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