Superman actor Henry Cavill reveals his pet dog ‘saved’ him from mental health struggles

Even "superheroes" need a little help themselves at times.


From portraying Charles Brandon in Showtime’s The Tudors, to saving the world as Superman, actor Henry Cavill enjoys quite a reputation as one of the best of the best in the film industry, and the fact that he is a huge dog lover make us love him even more.

Everyone who admires this British-born actor’s work and follows him on the social media is familiar his 8-year-old American Akita, Kal. Cavill never misses a chance to post photos of his pet and friend, describing Kal as “part dog, part bear, part pig and all soul,” and calling him an “absolute gem.”

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“I’ve had him since he was 10 weeks old and we have been through thick and thin together,” Cavill wrote. “We actually spend so much time together, I’m not sure who imitates who anymore!”

In a recent appearance on the British morning talk show Lorraine, Cavill brought his dog to the studio and spoke of how much he means to him. He revealed that Kal is his best buddy and that they do everything together.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Justice League star shared a personal revelation involving Kal. “He has saved my emotional and psychological bacon plenty of times. We have an incredibly close bond,” the actor said. “He senses it when I’ve got my own stuff on, he’ll be close — he’s almost always close, but he’ll be closer.”

Cavill makes sure Kal accompanies him everywhere he goes. The dog is almost always there when he films The Witcher, the Netflix fantasy series he currently stars on.

“He was there the entire time, he spent most of his time in the trailer rather than on set,” Cavill told People. “Because when he can see me, but he can’t get to me, he tends to start making a lot of noise. We didn’t want him running in halfway through a scene or a sword fight especially, because he would be taking people down. But he was always there.”

“He has been an absolute savior for me,” Cavill said in an interview with On Demand Entertainment. “He is a true companion and in those moments where I just need another being around but not necessarily to be putting lots of effort in that person.

“He’s fantastic. To me, he’s very much — he’s a dog but he’s a companion. He’s a person as well.”

Witnessing such strong connection between a man and his dog is a beautiful thing. Kal is happy to have a loving owner as Cavill who inspires millions to treat animals as genuinely as he does.