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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

This photo is another of my favorites. We had just built the apartment addition, and Catfish was checking everything out, including his handsome self.
I've seen pet videos on "America's Funniest" shows, and some dogs, cats and birds will go nuts over their own image. Have you ever had a pet preen in the mirror, or gaze into it wondering what the heck that intruder is doing in its house?
As I said before, Scooter has a keen interest in dogs on television, but I've never noticed them peer into a mirror--or bark at it.

Narcissus was so enamoured by his own reflection as he gazed into the water that he fell in and drowned. We can learn a lot from ancient mythology--and our pets. Humans spend too much time gazing into their mirrors (and too much money on plastic surgery in pursuit of the perfect image), but pets don't care what they look like--or what you look like. That's why we love them, because they love as all humans should love--for what's inside. Pets equalize us, because you're number one in their eyes no matter what you look like, what you weigh, or what you earn. That's why they are better than any psychiatrist--and cheaper too!

posted by Sandy at 2/27/2007 05:54:00 AM


Blogger Stacey said...

Oh goody!! A topic I feel comfortable posting on!! Somehow or other that one thread went off on an anti-hunting tangent, and I wasn't about to go there after seeing what all the usual posters wrote about hunting. I prefer not to be lynched here. You guys sounded pretty hostile and unfriendly to anyone that supports hunting. So, I'm happy to have a more neutral topic to talk about.

I couldn't agree more with what you said in your blog entry today, Sandy. Pets love us, NO MATTER WHAT. We will never receive that level of devotion from another human being. Ever. I don't care who they are: spouse, parent, sibling. Nothing can equal that unconditional love of your pet. That's why the phrase "puppy love" is used to describe the innocent love of youth. It's the kind of love that happens before they know any different.

And they definately are the best therapists. They know when you are down and blue, and give you that extra attention to make you feel better. I really think they can sense it when you need it.

None of my pets have really been interested in mirrors or their reflections. When the youngest cat was a kitten, he went through a stage where he tried to play with his reflection, but that was it. And, just like every other cat toy we spend lots of money on--the novelty wore off and he wasn't interested anymore.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

In the evenings, Stella will stand at the sliding glass door and wag her tail at her reflection. I will sometimes stand behind her and waive to her. She gets all excited and will turn around to me; almost like she is asking if I saw it too. It’s so cute and a little sad. I wonder if she thinks it’s her daddy, Janus, or if she is excited about there being another big dog. She is surrounded by midget dogs. I think now it has become more of a game with us because she does it almost every night. She gets upset if I close the blinds and she hasn’t seen “the other dog”.

Stacey, the great thing about living and being an American, is that we are all allowed to think and feel what we want. No one would lynch you here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

We once lived in a house with a full length mirror as the sliding closet door. Our Skeeter boy would sit and look at himself in the mirror, then take his paw and slide open the door a bit and then look around the mirrored door into the closet. As if he was trying to find the big yellow cat inside the closet! He only did that a few times then realized there was not a cat on the other side. It was funny to lie in bed and watch him those few times he did that. Thanks for this topic this morning Sandy, as it brought back one of many wonderful memories of my beloved and perfect cat Skeeter!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I remember one time one of my cats ( don't remember which one it was ) saw thier reflection in a glass door and thought it ws another cat so ran up to it and pawed it but after realizing it wasn't anoother kitty walked off. none of my cats have ever really been interested in looking at themselves. I've held them up to the mirrors and said, look what a pretty kitty and they just look away. They walk in front of the mirrors on the bathroom counters all the time but they could care less.
Sandy, they are great therapists! The comfort us when we feel bad or sad and somehow just know when we need them.
I agree with Adrienne, we're all friends in here and we would never think about lynching you,ha. You do have the right to have your feelings the same as the rest of us. We know what a animal lover you are so plese don't think we would ever think anything bad about you! You're our buddy!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:18:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Yes stacey, I'd probably be first in line to lynch you, but in all honesty I can't lump all hunters I think it's important that those who do it, take the lead in going AGAINST those who abuse it. A lot depends on how we are raised and what we were exposed to.

A love from a pet is pure love. I always say the most consistent thing in my life is my cat Sassy who lays next to me no matter what. I always considered myself more of a 'dog' person, yet this cat has been a source of stability in not only my life, but my daughters as she had many health problems and that cat would curl up on her lap and purr and somehow know she needed extra love.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 5:18:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

In my opinion... mine, only mine, a person's actions speak louder than words. If someone ssays they love pets, domesticated cats, dogs, turtles, what have you... then goes out and kills wild animals... well, that action speaks louder to me. I love all animals... we should take care of the ones that have been domesticated by humans as we are stewards of them. The wild animals should be left alone to do their wild thing. We as a society do not need to keep their "numbers" under control by hunting. If we don't want our backyards to be home to bears or cougars, we shouldn't encroach into their wild territories. We are the ones who are sentient. We look in the mirror and see ourselves as individuals. Most, and I stress most, animals don't recognize their own individual self in the mirror. They just see a cat or dog not Fido or Fifi. When a coyote kills a deer, that is natural. Thousands of years ago, humans gathered together and shared food and resources. Now we have grocery stores and homes. We don't need to hunt for any reason whatsoever, period. Does killing something... watching something die by your hand really make you feel so good? I thought my being a meat-eater was bad enough, but professing to love animals and then go out and kill them? Sorry, that is hypocrisy at it's worst.

Don't even get me started about football....

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 6:08:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

I can handle any debate, but don't dare touch the sanctity of football! I mourn the end of football season!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:42:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Thank you, Alice, for proving my point. I never said I was a hunter personally. But, your post is exactly why I chose not to express MY opinion. I don't feel the need to be called a hypocrite by a perfect stranger.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:44:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I wasn't naming anyone in particular. I thought the point of this blog was to express our opinions. Sorry if I misunderstood.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

daisylouu,I understand how you feel about football since that is the way I feel about the Kentucky Wildcats basketball! I mean I bleed blue! That being sid I'm so disapointed in this season but being the ever loyal fan I wait for next year to be Thier Year again!
As for football I can't seem to get into it like I do basketball. I think it's because I am such a impatient person and basketball is so fast paced, I get more instant gradification with it,ha.

Stacey, Alice, please don't be angry with each other. We did say we all have the right to our personal opinions and we know we aren't always going to agree with each other except on loving and taking good care of animals. Sometimes we just have to agree that we disagree on some subjects. We're still all good people here. Have a great day everyone and God bless you all!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:07:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

You're right Pam. Alice, I'm sorry, but based on what you wrote and how you wrote it, I did take it personally. I got my panties in a wad. Sorry I snapped at you.


Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:50:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, it's understandable how we can all get upset at times and take things personally. I have certainly done that and sometimes even when it's not really meant for us personally we take it that way ( I've done that too )but hey we are just human and it's hard not to, especailly when the subject is dear to our hearts.
And Alice and Stacey, I know you two aren't going to let this stand in the way of still becoming friends, you're still fellow animals lovers and it's over, it's a done deal! Again, God bless you guys!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:36:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I have one to share on the hunting topic...
I read in the paper today where a guy was out in the woods and his deer stand fell from the tree and killed him… I feel sorry for the man and his family but I just found this ironic with our hunting chat the past few days….
I was kind of wondering if a squirrel was in that tree at the time of the incident…

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 7:28:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yea, I agree, I would never want anyone to be killed or hurt bad from hunting but just like in that video I saw, seeing the hunter get a good a-- kicking from the deer was really funny.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:49:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yea, I agree, I would never want anyone to be killed or hurt bad from hunting but just like in that video I saw, seeing the hunter get a good a-- kicking from the deer was really funny.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:49:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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