Twins confuse everyone – even their parents, on occasion – so it’s not surprising that pets aren’t sure what to make of meeting an exact replica of their owner for the first time. I would assume that, once they got their bearings, the two people smelled differently and they were able to tell them apart, but…
Let’s check out these hilarious firsthand accounts to see if I’m right.
15. There’s no accounting for taste, I suppose.
My partner is an identical twin.
Our dog hates his twin and won’t let him in the house and our cat loves him.
14. Huh. I guess he couldn’t smell the difference.
My mom is an identical twin.
My childhood cat Linus was a total scaredy cat, abused at an early age and terrified of new people, but an absolute sweetheart with us. When my aunt came to visit for the first time, Linus walked right up to her and snuggled against her leg. She started scratching him and all was going great until he saw my mom.
Cue very quick back-and-forth head turns, followed by running up the stairs and hiding for hours! Poor baby!
13. This dog must have been smarter.
I’m an identical twin, my dogs had no issues distinguishing between me and my sister.
They could tell by smell.
12. He didn’t care which was which as long as they both played.
Rusty was a good boy and was ecstatic there were two of us. More to play with, I guess.
He learned to tell us apart though, and I kind of felt like an indulgent uncle with him. It’s even more fun as my brother and I have had children in our own families and they can’t tell us apart until they are almost two.
11. Little dogs are more terrifying than a pitbull.
We never had pets growing up, so my twin was pretty nervous.
My wife’s 9-lb Pomeranian could smell his fear and preyed on it.
10. This is just the sweetest thing!
My dad and his brother were identical and same voice, too. My dad rescued a nest of bird babies whose mama never came back and he would feed them. He would go outside and say “where are my babies?” And their little heads would pop up, chirping and chattering and he would feed them. (Had a vet friend who told him how and what to feed them).
One day his brother came over and my dad told him to go out and say “where are my babies?” And the birds stayed silent. Not a peep.
He tried again to no avail. My dad said it and instantly the babies popped up and chirping.
They couldn’t see him, and his voice was identical yet they just knew. It was uncanny!
9. Cats are the worst (and also the best), right?
My twin and I have lived separately and together several times.
My dog treated my sister and me like two separate members of the same family, but both our cats (one is mine, one is hers) have made it clear from the beginning the other twin is a second class citizen.
We have exactly the same voice so when we visit each other there’s about 1 minute of “why are there two of you” and then it’s business as usual.
8. It’s probably because he thinks she is a pod person.
Identical twin here.
It’s weird because my dog loves me but HATES my sister. Like, when she comes around he growls at her and barely lets her touch him. I have no idea why, he isn’t like this to the rest of my family or friends.
Maybe he thinks she is an imposter? Lmao we have no idea!
7. Whose an excited boi?!
The first oddly-specific ask reddit I am qualified to answer. My dog lost his mind when my twin came to visit. He excitedly dashed back and forth between the two of us thrilled to see us both.
Then again, he’s a golden retriever so he does that with everyone.
6. That’s just like grieving all over again.
My dad and my uncle were identical twins – their voices sound so similar even my mom would get confused before the invention of caller ID. My dad passed away last year, and when my uncle came over the family beagle didn’t notice, but when my uncle spoke he perked up. But then he would go and sniff him and get sad again.
5. This just hurt my heart.
Long time ago my grandfather had a dog that went with him to work the fields on his farm. He passed away and dog stayed with my father and his mother.
G-father’s brother came up the driveway one day to visit, walking and looking like my g-pa. The dog went crazy in the house. She was barking and going from window to window. They finally let her out as he was walking up the steps to the porch. She ran up to him all excited until she saw it wasn’t her master. It was like someone had kicked her.
The tail went under and she slowly walked over to her bed and laid down in her sadness.
4. You’re the cool aunt!
My sister’s dog was confused for a second because we sound alike.
But then he realized I wasn’t her but similar, so he also adores me.
Sometimes when I’m visiting and he gets in trouble with her he comes to find me and climbs in my lap-he only weighs 100 lbs.
3. No one is getting in your house – especially not an imposter!
I have an identical twin.
My sister decided to try and surprise me by coming to visit from out of state (she had a key) and my dog growled and barked at her and wouldn’t let her in while I was in the shower lol he didn’t care if she looked and sounded like me, she wasn’t coming in unless I let her!
2. Your brother obviously doesn’t speak cat the right way.
We live together but my cat doesn’t particularly like him, I can man handle that fluffy fuck and rub his stomach all I want.
As for my twin, well he Bites him if my brother touches him wrong.
1. That poor happy Golden.
My dad’s brother looks almost exactly like him. So similar that even the cousins get them confused sometimes when we’re all together. My uncle came to visit once and came in the house while my dad was still outside helping with the bags. My golden doodle went bounding up to him (my dad is her FAVORITE person) and barked a greeting. My uncle replied “oh, and who is this?”
They have totally different voices. Octaves apart. My dog panicked. Froze, hair went up, crouched way down, and she turned to look at me like “SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH DAD”. Then my dad walked in, my dog realized that dad was still here, and realized that this is a fun new person just like him! She happily went to investigate and say hi. My doodle now loves my uncle, but that first moment really freaked her out.
I love pet stories, and add twins into the mix? Forget about it!
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