But Cucicov and De Coster told The Dodo in an email that they chose Thor because they "really wanted a Bengal." The couple was worried about how their dog would react to a cat. "[W]e knew that Bengals were normally very good with dogs and they are very active and kind."
The couple searched shelter websites first but didn't find anything, so they looked for a breeder, and they tried to be discerning. "We absolutely hate 'puppy mills' and 'cat farms' ... where you can buy more than 50 different races, and where the cat and dog mothers are 'abused' and need to be pregnant as many times as possible," the couple wrote.
The couple found a breeder they liked in the Netherlands and that's where they bought Thor, the now-Internet-famous cat.