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Your morning adorable: Dog and chicken play together

September 21, 2010 | 12:00 pm

We love the funny relationship between Maya the dog and Dora the chicken, who both enjoy a good game. How many times have you seen a dog and a chicken play together -- and with the chicken initiating it to boot? Not many, that's for sure.

"I know Dora is not scared of Maya, because she'll stop in the middle of playing to preen herself, or just lie down for a while, and Maya will just wait until Dora starts the game again," YouTube user Baileydonk, the guardian of both animals, explains. "I guess all young animals need to play fight -- maybe Dora is learning skills that will help her with cats later."

We love the way Maya's tail wags nonstop as her game with Maya progresses, and we love how gentle she is -- not one tooth or claw touches that chicken -- with her much smaller friend. (Incidentally, Maya is equally gentle with Baileydonk's infant son, as you can see in another video.) Oh, Maya and Dora, we could all learn a thing or two from you!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: Baileydonk via YouTube

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