The clip opens with our hero poised to jump onto the bed. After waiting for what clearly seemed an eternity to him, it was time: he was allowed to leap up. A soft, warm paradise for humans, to this pup a humble bed represented nothing less than a fabled playground. Excitement rising, he took his first few steps…
The aforementioned dog is a little dachshund called Mr. Pepper, and he’s not the only pet of the family. In fact, he is one of five furbaby siblings who have cutely climbed their way to internet fame. Together, they make up the ‘cast’ of Always Hungry Cat.
To be more specific, Always Hungry Cat is a YouTube channel that features animals as its stars. Alongside its Facebook page, the channel shows clips of the furry family’s day-to-day antics. Or, as the channel puts it, “short stories” from their lives.
As should be evident, despite the name, the household isn’t just made up of cats; there is also a healthy dose of dog, too. Felines Muffin the Maine coon, Patrick the Cornish rex and Shanti the Scottish straight live side by side with canine companions, Margo and Mr. Pepper.
Of all the house’s playgrounds, the family bed seems to be among the most prized. Always Hungry Cat has many examples on its channel featuring ‘battles’ for bed supremacy. But on February 16, 2016, one upload in particular caught viewers’ attention.
The video starts with Mr. Pepper attempting to leap on the bed, and – after a slight false start – succeeding. What follows is so heart-melting that it rapidly accumulated an audience of more than half a million people on social media. The little dachshund loves it so much, he goes crazy!
Mr. Pepper lives up to his spice-of-life moniker, and begins to dash around madly on the bed. The tiny dog bounces back and forth across the mattress with an expression of pure joy on his face. He can’t hold back a little yap of excitement which had been bubbling up inside.
But playtime doesn’t end there. The clip cuts to a dachshund-shaped blur looping the bed on a second occasion, this time scattering pillows (and a hidden cat) in his wake. Mr. Pepper stops a couple of times to briefly glance off-camera. At least, it’s mostly off-camera; one hint reveals why.
The wagging tail that appears occasionally in the bottom-left hand corner of this part of the video provides the clue. Mr. Pepper is about to have some company – a potential rival for the coveted mattress. Always Hungry Cat’s second dog, Margo, wants a piece of bed action too.
The next section of this clip cuts to Margo sharing the bed with Mr. Pepper, bringing one of her toys along for the ride. Despite taking up half of the mattress, Margo doesn’t appear to prevent Mr. Pepper enjoying himself on the bed. At least, not this time.
After a while, Mr. Pepper either runs out of room or tires himself out, and settles down next to Margo. Both love to play on the bed, and judging by other clips in the channel’s video gallery it’s not the first time they’ve shared it. Sometimes, however, things can get rather more competitive.
For example, on one occasion when the pair were relaxing together, Margo decided she wanted more personal space. She glanced back and, when she saw that Mr. Pepper was nearby, made her best attempt at subtle conquest. Unfortunately, subtlety appears not to be Margo’s strongest feature.
To get some more legroom, Margo rolled on her back and languidly elongated her body. She slowly stretched out her legs, but that was only the first part of her cunning plan. The second part held a devious sting in the tail, as it were.
Margo placed her rear paws on Mr. Pepper and carefully nudged him out of the way. With a seemingly-indignant look on his face, Mr. Pepper took the hint and evacuated the bed. The best part, though, came when Margo revelled in her success.
The crafty look on Margo’s face turned into an expression of pure satisfaction after winning the bed for herself! And it’s not just the dogs who go into raptures playing on the bed, by the way – the cats love it, too. Feline Eva, for instance, clearly has a soft spot for pillows.
Because Eva is smaller than Margo, winning the bed from Mr. Pepper isn’t as easy for her. The crafty kitty employs a stealthier approach – instead of using pure brawn, her tactic is to sneak under the pillows, and use them as a shield.
The battle is aptly described by one of the video’s comments underneath. “High Speed Interceptor Wiener attempting to detect and engage a 5th generation Stealth Purrer,” one viewer wrote. The description proves surprisingly accurate; Eva does her best to ambush energetic Mr. Pepper from behind cover.
Despite her best efforts, Eva just can’t keep up with Mr. Pepper’s constant bouncing. Consequently, she settles down in defeat, and Mr. Pepper enjoys his pillowed prize in victory. He might have won this battle, but will he win the war?
The conflict for mattress domination is an ongoing one, and it’s still being waged today. However, sometimes it’s too all much for the combatants, and they call a ceasefire to enjoy the bed together. What’s more, it’s just as enjoyable to see as their playful battles.
“All of your pets get along so well,” another contributor wrote, adding: “It shows you love all of them equally.” And that’s the most enjoyable thing about Always Hungry Cat’s channel. It proves that family transcends species, and despite your differences, there is always space to love each other.