Random ramblings on cats and dogs
Many of you have both dogs and cats. Others just one or the other. I'd like to know why you prefer dogs to cats or cats to dogs.
I have both, so I see the pros and cons of each.
For example, this morning, I go over to the apartment to take care of the cats. While my cats greet me (they know the routine and know a treat is coming), they are not THRILLED to see me like the dogs are. Dogs are so HAPPY to see you, wiggling and greeting no holds barred. Cats are like "oh, you again."
Another thing I like about dogs is that they don't hold grudges like some people do. I'm like that too, exactly like my father. Quick to go off, but quick to forgive. It's not a matter of emotion, but passion and personality, something not understood by those who don't share those traits. I will never get an ulcer because of holding things in. I often speak before I think, which can be a very bad thing.Gets one in trouble.Being passionate can be mistaken for being over-emotional and unstable. Dogs, too, are quick to forgive. Give them a shot? A thermometer up the rear end? A pill? They forget it. Or when they have a quick-fire spat with another dog, two minutes later they are fine with each other as if it never happend. We all should be more like that. But when I give the cats their monthly Revolution on their back, the rest of the day if I go near them they act suspicious and wary, always on alert for yet another offense to their sensibilities. If Tarzan and Catfish have a cat fight, they keep away from each other for a while. They seem to hold grudges more than dogs do.
On a different note: A good way for you to help out shelters is to do home visits when someone is interested in adopting a pet from the Humane Society. The other day, Carmen, Josie's mom, asked me if I'd do a home visit for Southern States Dashchund Rescue (where she got all her dogs.) It's a regional group and someone in Cumberland Furnace applied to adopt a dog named Baby. She lives near me, so I agreed. A home visit means you just talk to the person about their home, family and see if the pet is a good match and fill out a report for the rescue.
Well, the woman I met, Kristen, was just wonderful. She is a true Pet People nut like the rest of us. She is my age and also has no kids. I invited her to join us here on the blog and also told her about the Humane Society Halloween Fur Ball Bash, which she seemed very interested in coming to. She drove all the way to Columbia to pick up Baby and emailed me from the hotel they stayed in that night. Baby was sitting on her lap as she typed. I hope to get a photo soon of Baby in her new home that I can post here.
Photos above: Catfish hasn't sat in this porch chair in AGES, but lately its his favorite. Cats are like that. They'll be all into a certain bed or spot, then all of a sudden choose a new spot. Zoe is relaxing on a disgusting pet bed I need to replace, as the cover has been washed so many times its starting to fall apart!
posted by Sandy at 9/24/2007 03:29:00 PM