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

Dogs really are the perfect pets: they’re such loyal companions, always there to lift our spirits with their unconditional love. Dogs have been known to improve people’s wellbeing and mental health.

And people of all walks of life rely on their dogs for comfort — even major Hollywood actors. Recently, one superhero star opened up about the difference his beloved pet has made in his life.

British actor Henry Cavill is best known to audiences for playing the iconic hero Superman in recent hit blockbusters, from Man of Steel to Justice League. He’s also appeared in Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Enola Holmes.

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But even “superheroes” need a little help themselves, and Cavill recently opened up about the friend who has given him the most support: his dog, Kal.

Fans who follow the star on social media are familiar with the actor’s 8-year-old American Akita: Cavill is not shy about sharing photos of his pet pal online.

In a post from last year he described Kal as “part dog, part bear, part pig and all soul,” and called him an “absolute gem.”

“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!”

Recently, Cavill made an appearance on the British morning talk show Lorraine — and brought his adorable dog along.

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