Best Friends Furever with Kel Mitchell

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

In a slightly different twist on shows about animals, Best Friends Furever highlights animal “odd couples,” as affable host Kel Mitchell explains. But what does that mean, exactly?

In one episode, it means a little dachshund named Tink, who has no front legs, befriends Henry, a three-legged cat. “They’re safe with each other; that’s the way friends should be,” says Henry’s owner. In another episode, Hotshot, a “blue heeler” — an Australian Cattle Dog — is a huge help on the Hidden Lake RV ranch in Texas. As his owner says, he’s an “unbelievably” smart dog, and when a fawn is taken in on the ranch, Hotshot forms a tender friendship.

In another episode, a guard dog named Titan, who lives on an 80-acre farm in Ontario, Canada, is protective of the property but tends to be skittish around horses, until a small quarter horse named Indy arrives. Indy had been abandoned by his mother and Titan seems to understand the care he needs. A bond develops between the two. And in another fascinating animal friendship, Maya, a Key West dog, is seen regularly swimming with bottlenose dolphins. It’s kind of amazing.

It’s important for kids to see kindness, caring and compassion. Usually that relationship is between humans and animals. What makes this show particularly special is the sweet and surprising relationships animals form with animals who are very un-like them. If animals can do it, why do we humans have such a hard time?


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Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.