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Cat Or Dog- No Middle Ground?

We  go boldly into the  quagmire of all quagmires; cat vs dog, feline vs canine, paw to paw. As a former owner of both species, although who can  own a cat, (Remember dogs have  masters and cats have staff.) I feel uniquely qualified to tackle this inter species conflict. To assist, I will use Bill Cosby and  the university of Sussex in Great Britain.

As a disclaimer, I will admit to having liked  some of our ( 4)  cats quite a bit. However, none can measure  up to the sainted Rameses, golden retriever extraordinaire.

Ok, first Mr Cosby, who my wife credits for dog ward tilt, He did a monologue many years ago, entitled, “Cats and Dogs”, which I had on 8 track tape. Showing my old geezerness, I know. The year was 1968 and a lot more important stuff obviously happened. But the album 200 M.P.H. had Cosby’s classic take on why dogs were better than cats. Just a few examples.

  • Cats dont do anything
  • They sit on the sofa and shed and make you sneeze
  • If you tell them to catch mice, they will answer, no, because I’m  full or some  of them haven’t bathed yet
  • Cant tell a cat , come here fido, he will likely answer what or you can’t  be talking to me

Dogs on the other hand

  • They are always trying even if unsuccessfully
  • Brings you your slippers, ones chewed up, cant help it  got sharp  teeth

And if 60’s humor doesn’t  help, we have 2009 university research. We already know cats are manipulative so that is sort of the starting point. Yet another British study analyzed their purring to tell us how they manipulate. Of course, why a university wants to  analyze the purring of house cats is beyond me.

Anyway, Karen McComb is our animal -communication researcher recorded these dastardly feline sounds. She learned that a hungry cat alters his/her purring to simulate a baby’s cry. Here is the shocker. These sounds played back are well nigh impossible for people to ignore. Well, duh! Hang on for the rest of her analysis. She suspects this human type vocalization is is rather natural for cats. They learn to exaggerate it to get what they want. I knew it all along. That is why they are called cats!

I resy my case- dogs rule and cats  drool-ta da!!!

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July 27, 2009 Posted by | Animals | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

What’s in a Name

Lately we have had two hurricanes to make an appearance, Dolly and Cristobal ;a male and a female name . This made me think a bit about the naming process . For many years , all hurricanes were named with female names . Then after some protesting , the process was altered to include male names . And more recently , names of different ethnicities have been included . So, it would seem that all groups who desire to be included in the selection process are now represented . Au contrarie . There are two major unrepresented groups who cannot speak for themselves, so I shall speak for them . I refer to dogs and cats . Where , pray tell, are hurricanes named Fido, Spot, Fluffy , Rover , Lassie , Rin- Tin-Tin , Bullet , Satchel, Bucky, Maramduke, Astro – you get the picture . After all, when there is a hurricane, it usually rains cats and dogs . So, let the lobbying began . Hurricane Spot anyone ? (Other dog and cat names will be considered . )

July 23, 2008 Posted by | Weather | , , | Leave a comment