May 292013
 

cat-dogI am a cat person. I guess I think dogs are too clingy and stupid. Cats are much more independent. They are smarter, although, I have known a dumb cat or two. Dogs are much more labor intensive.

I had a favorite cat. His name was Dakota. He was jet black. He had moods. He kept the other cats in line. He would sit on his chair, and look at what the other cats were doing. Eventually, he would get mad enough (you could see it in his expressions) to step off the chair, walk up to the one he was offended the most by, and violently whip them. Then he would saunter back to his chair. He had an aura about him. He was the man of the house. He died of congestive heart failure at a relatively young age. I sure do miss him.

We have 3 cats, and a gigantic dumb dog. Our dog only really ever cares about ball. I think it is her mental “smallness” that bugs me. It could be 2 a.m. and snowing, and she wants to fetch the ball. Idiot.

Anyway, if you don’t like either, feel free to explain why! I expect cat and dog stories! Participation required!

Note: If you have not watched the “Simon’s Cat” episodes on youtube, get the heck over there now, and watch them!

 Posted by at 3:54 am

  79 Responses to “Participation Required: Cat Person? Dog Person? Both?”

  1. Dog person, but maybe both? Let me explain.

    I had beagles for years then I got maarried and we had ‘our kids’, the Maltese boy and girl. I’ve often told my wife that I think Daisey is a cat in a dogs body. “Not that there’s anything Wrong with that” (ala best Seinfeld impression you can think of at 5am)
    Enjoy the day. -MIC

  2. Neither, no pets allowed in my life… too much work, too much mess, too expensive and too much pain over their demise. they destroy stuff, they stink, they die too quickly. I prefer a keyboard and friends who go home.

  3. Why I like dogs:

    I have seen dogs leading blind people, never a cat.
    I have seen dogs help search for victims of disasters, never a cat.
    I have seen dogs help Police stop criminals, never a cat.
    I have seen dogs protect people and property, never a cat.

  4. Mornin’ all! I approved a few comments that were in moderation from this morning. There are a few from last night that I’m not sure if Michael saw, but I’m leaving them until he sees them. I might (?) be the only other moderator around right now, so I’m tentatively approving a few comments as I see them…but I’m being overtly conservative so Michael still has the reins. Just wanted to let ya know in case you are wondering.

    I have been a dog person my whole life. We raised dogs when I was growing up and I have inherited my Dad’s love of animals. That said, the boys talked us into getting two kittens a few months back. I’d still not rank myself a complete cat person, but these two have been a great addition. They are sweet to the kids, and actually come when we call them for the most part.

    Oh, and of course it is fun to watch Maddie chase them around the house calling them. She doesn’t do “k”…she replaces it with “sh”. Yes, we have the maturity of 12 year old boys in this house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Reuben, everytime I step out into our yard, my dog thinks my sole purpose for being there is to play ball. Continuously. With absolutely no regard to anything else I may be doing in the yard, I am to play ball. When I am mowing the lawn, he will continuously drop the ball right in the mower’s pathway so that I have to stop. A couple times out of frustration, I chose not to stop and thus ended the game of ball. Until he went and found another ball.

    I grew up with cats but I’m not necessarily a cat person over a dog person. Can’t have a cat now as my wife is allergic. However, my wife is a huge dog person and she already had a dog when we got married. That dog was a good dog and I liked her. Our current one, not so much. He is so annoying as he is so hyper and is nonstop at always whining and barking and getting in the way in order to get what he wants. And he’s not very smart. He has gotten sprayed by a skunk 4 times in less than 4 years and would dart after that skunk the next time he sees it without giving it a second thought. My wife who absolutely loves dogs doesn’t even care much for this one. The only one in our family who really likes the dog is our 1 1/2 year old. The ironic thing is that the only one in the family who the dog DOESN’T like is the 1 1/2 year old because he’s jealous of her. Go figure.

  6. Both. I have had both throughout my life.
    Short story from yesterday.

    We have a cat who is 12 yrs. old. We also have two small dogs who are about 4 yrs old.
    Our cat has never liked dogs at all and she is cranky. She terrorizes the dogs with hisses and claws on a regular basis. Now cats are not the most trainable of animals, so we have the dogs on the short leash, so to speak, when it comes to retaliation. They are pretty good, for the most part, using looks or avoidance to keep her away. But she sometimes seeks them out just because.
    Well, yesterday we had a storm coming. The dogs were on the couch between my wife and I. I saw the cat, with that look in her eye, coming for the couch. That look means, I am about to whoop a dog. She jumps up on the back of the couch and as she does I see the flash of lightning. She is looking down at the dogs with scorn and getting ready when the thunder comes. She looked startled as all get out and took off for parts unknown. My wife and I laughed for a while and the dogs looked relieved.

  7. I agree with #2.

    The more you put into them, the more you get out of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love animals, but I do not love caring for them. That time and energy and money is usually – not always – better spent on people.

  8. I think my position is already known here… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cat.
    Cool, calm,clean, intelligent, independent, and greatly concerned with dignity.
    They do not suffer fools gladly.
    They do not care about your lists.
    They are cats.

  9. I am a cat person. Cats are relaxing to sit with and pet. Their purring is comforting. They don’t require much care or time. During our 32 year stay across town we had so many neighborhood cats I couldn’t remember half of them. We probably had 4 or 5 dozen over the years. My kids were always playing with cats outside and they would eventually become ours.
    My little daughter brought home a stray puppy that looked to be about 6 months old. This dog looked to be a mix of Sheltie, Collie and German Shepherd. The first time she came in the house we were fawning over her. She got so excited she peed. We took her out back and she started cowering. I thought she had been abused so we just loved on her. She responded by licking us all to death. We put a ‘Found’ poster up on the telephone pole but no one responded. This dog was so loving and in a short time she became very protective of all of us. We all fell in love with this young dog. My oldest son thought it would be funny to call her Betty and it stuck. Betty was a joy to be around. She never peed in the house again. I didn’t know a dog could be so attentive to people. When she was ten she got sick and died. It was hard to watch and it was really hard to put her down.

    Here is something I heard about cat theology and dog theology. A dog thinks “You feed me, you pet me, you give me a warm place to stay. You give me a lot of attention. You must be God.” A cat thinks “You feed me, you pet me, you give me a warm place to stay. You give me a lot of attention. I must be God.”

    I’m going to post some poems. One on dogs and one on cats. It’ll take a while to find them and type them out.

  10. Dog.

  11. Cats remind me too much of some of the pastors that i have come in contact with the past few years.

    That’s why I choose dogs! I have a springer spaniel named Wilson. He loves everyone, while not thinking too highly of himself.

  12. I’m an animal guy. Dogs above cats, I suppose. Goats and pigs are cool too.

  13. Devotion
    a dogsology

    Dear Lord,
    Give me a love like a puppy’s tongue and a keen devoted nose.
    Let me sniff the scents around your shoes, your hands, your clothes.

    Let me lick upside your face, your ears, your cheeks, your mouth.
    let me have the run of the place and live inside your house.

    I’d rather smell your heavenly breath than any doggy bone.
    I’d slather puppy happiness and slobber up your home.

    Let’s go get some other mutts and mongrels from the pound.
    Set them free to be with us- to romp and run around.

    I don’t care about fleas or ticks or the neighbor’s barbecue.
    I’ll fetch your Frisbees, balls, and sticks. I’ll gnaw your old worn shoe.

    I’ll sprawl out on your furniture. I’ll learn to sit and beg.
    I’ll bark away the mice and birds. I’ll nip your mailman’s leg.

    Let the cats go preen their paws and gather like cats do.
    Chain me on your leash because I’d rather wait for you.

    Take me for a daily run. I’ll strut right on your path.
    I’ll go real slow and when we’re done I’ll even take a bath.

    Oh how I’ll wag with reckless knocks my jubilant fly swatter.
    I’ll drool and shake your dirty socks and lap your toilet water.

    Let me scarf your table scraps and sleep right next to you.
    Lay my head upon your lap. Please, let me be with you.
    by Gary Coon

  14. #14 Gary… <3

    totally a dog person… only!

    never had pets growing up. well, a lizzard and some fish for a week once. My dad had to leave his dogs in Vietnam, and after spending years training them and to have ot do that, we just didn't.

    We got our first dog at the barber shop in our little town in Tennessee, and I could not have been more in love (no kids, guess it was inevitable)

    many dogs later, i am that person who has a facebook page for my dogs and I am not ashamed.

    no cats though. they are weird.

  15. Cats destroy furniture, not to mention your arm if its hanging down the side of a chair. I once had a Siamese cat that was loveable, not much luck after that.

  16. Gary,

    Thank you…you’re bringing something fresh and winsome to us.
    We needed some fresh and winsome… ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Not About Stinky

    I have a cat.
    OOH! What a brat.

    Between us two I pursue.
    I fuss and caress but that doesn’t impress him.
    When I’m about to pet him he thinks I’m out to get him.
    He paws and I pause. I retract from him claws.

    I can’t mew but I do what I can,
    for a man.
    He scratches. He bites. When I play fair he fights.
    I meekly proceed till he freaks and I bleed.
    If I have to spray him it’s not to repay him
    but to affect some respect
    for a man.

    I could let him be, but I like him, you see.

    He was found in a bin- just a shiver in skin.
    A wee dandelion; a grey puff -with pins.
    No mother to clean him or watchfully wean him,
    no other siblings or quibbling criblings
    to scratch him right back
    if he should attack.

    Now the world is his toy.
    Oh joy…

    I could get him fixed but his mind would be mixed
    in a fog. He’d be pent in a dog’s temperament.
    If he couldn’t think he wouldn’t be Stinky.
    Though he’ll never let up I’ll let him grow up
    in a peaceful place
    with a piece of my face.

    I could let him be- but I like him you see.
    It’s not about him.
    It’s about me.
    by Gary Coon

  18. Dogs win in my book, hands down. They’re loyal, happy and true a friend, even if they throw the ball at you incessantly. I can get intellectual satisfaction from something other than a cat ๐Ÿ˜‰ That said, we have 2 dogs (both mutts) and a cat (obtained from outside a feed store from a young boy desperately trying to find homes for his cat’s litter). My recent additions are 6 chicks (my boys and their friend built a wonderful coop for them Monday).

  19. Post #8 – I’ve never met you, Michael, but I’m starting to imagine a little Deniro in you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFp272w9u8

  20. I’m a dog person. I do like cats, but I am deathly allergic to them. Such sweet animals that I need to avoid so I stay alive. ๐Ÿ™

    Why couldn’t God have made me allergic to bears or something? Not sweet kittens. *Sigh*

  21. Dog.
    Trigger is my half-Blue Heeler, half-McNabb all cattle dog. He lives to run, fetch, play, and sneak onto our bed. He hikes with me up in the hills where he can chase around, play fetch, chase deer and turkeys, and afford me a level of protection only a gun could bring.

    Ellie is my Cocker Spaniel. She is goofy, smart, subversive, and lives for a doggie treat.

    We’ve tried cats. Backed over one too stupid to move (traumatized my kids) another one got run over by a slow moving car right in front of our house (traumatized my kids), and our third, and final one, got injured or sick and crawled to the farthest darkest corner of our crawl-space and succumbed to its illness/injuries then proceeded to stink up the house until I removed its (deleted information for the sake of decency) carcass for proper burial (traumatized me).

    Dog.
    Dog.
    Dog.

  22. Various cats in the hood have this habit of spraying whatever it is they spray right next to our windows and the smell is terrible. Maybe it’s a Buen0 Park thing?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    We’ve had dogs for about 26 years. They have always been gentle although our current dog bit our grandson twice only because he provoked her. We almost got rid of her but there have been no further incidents. She is the most docile dog we’ve had. When she’s not eating she’s looking for food and will lick the floors all day long.

    The dog I was closest with (Molly) was a lab mix who we lost too soon. She loved to run circles in the backyard and apparently her stomach flipped and we saw three vets before we knew what was wrong. She had surgery but died the next morning.

    It cost over $3,000.00 trying to save her and if we are ever faced with that type of financial choice again we don’t have the money to spend. This may be the last dog for us as the kids are grown and I’m not sure we’d be as invested in another dog as others are.

    I know many here are huge dog lovers and I post about them now and then on my blog. I just posted an article about the absolute dogs can be for returning vets. It includes a few short videos. Check it out if you like.

    http://morethancoping.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/a-heros-best-friend-dogs-help-wounded-warriors-recover/

  23. Neither but my daughters brought home a kitten that their friend gave to them so I let them keep it. We have had it for three days so far.

  24. dang!!!

    ” I just posted an article about the absolute dogs can be for returning vets.”

    should read ” I just posted an article about how absolutely amazing dogs can be for returning vets.”

  25. I am a horse guy! When an unwanted salesman comes to the door and a 1200 lb. equine answers the door, the pitchman leaves. Most of them sleep standing up so they make great guard animals. After a major blizzard you ride them to the market and you don’t need gas. If they poop in the house you put the powerful substance in your indoor herb garden and you have basil on steroids.

  26. Steve,

    That clip was great!
    I guess I should watch a movie every so often…

  27. FF,

    I’m not sure i could handle the horse jumping onto the bed…

  28. I have the two dumbest dogs on the planet. A golden retriever ( She’s a rescue dog, also is OCD about BALL and GETTING BALL after making sure I know it’s time for THROW BALL.) and a yorkiepoo that is not yorkie, but does poo gratuitously.

    But my Golden Retriever, Sunny, when she is startled, will stand on her two hind legs and walk backwards. I’ve never seen another dog do this, and I cannot seem to capture it on film.
    This is surprising, because she startles very easily.
    F’rinstance, I left my chop- saw out one day while doing fence repairs, she comes around the corner, screeches to a halt, up on rear legs, moonwalk, huffing at the left out chop-saw that is obviously there to steal her soul, moonwalked about 10 yards and froze like an impossible dog tribute to bipedalism statue, trying to out-wait the malevolent chop-saw. Impasse. So, so, so very dumb. And I have Two. Put all three of us together and we have a cumulative IQ somewhere below room temperature, I reckon.

  29. I love dogs AND cats. We would let our “babies” in bed with us, the dogs would go on vacations with us, and our pets gave us much love during their lives. I hope that they felt the same.
    I have had 2 parakeets that were “Mama’s babies.” They protected me, preened me, , followed me around the house, even took showers with me. I love animals, but for the past 15 years we have not had any pets as we just can’t afford them, or give them enough time. I sure do enjoy other people’s pets, though.

  30. As some know I used to be a Veterinary Asst./tech. All animals are my love. I worked in a cat clinic for 6yrs and cats are amazing. They are also very dangerous. When I worked at a practice for both feline and canines a client asked the Vet which would he rather be in a room with. A fractious cat or a vicious dog? “The dog! You can muzzle a dog easy enough, but a cat…they have too many weapons!”

    I love dogs because they are a reflection of God. I grew up with a wolf. I am seriously not afraid of them. Dogs have their own language. It is about calming signals and body language. If you know this language it is a good thing.

    I love cats! They are smarter than dogs. Sorry, the reason you can’t train a cat is because they ask this question “WHY?” I have seen and heard of cats protect people, especially babies, many a cat has alerted parents to a baby in distress. Cats choose to love you. If you have been loved by a cat then you have known true love and grace.

    In my opinion people who do not like animals have a huge personality flaw. I don’t associate with these people. Animals were created by God for us to love. If you can’t love something he created then you have a serious problem.

    Here is a joke I got from a Veterinarian once.

    Why God Created Dogs & Cats

    A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to, “Where do pets come from?”

    Adam said, “Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here & it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”

    And God said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are & will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”

    And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam & he wagged his tail.

    And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom & I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

    And God said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

    And Dog lived with Adam & was a companion to him & loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content & wagged his tail.

    After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord & said, “Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts & preens like a peacock & he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”

    And the Lord said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever & who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”

    And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being.

    And Adam learned humility.

    And God was pleased.

    And Adam was greatly improved.

    And Dog was happy.

    And the Cat didn’t give a hoot one way or the other.

    –Dogs and cats live together happily if the dog knows it is beta to the cat. I am typing this now with a cat sitting on my lap trying to distract my typing and he is also making sure the dog stays in her place by giving her a well meaning yowl, and spat. He is the feline and shall be obeyed. Sometimes he walks up to the dog and yowls in her face. The dog is like 5x bigger, but she obeys the cat. The kitten and the dog, however, love each other. They cuddle, they play, the dog is gentle and the kitten is rough. We also have another cat who is neurotic. She lives in the basement, stays in her box, she yells to have the food bowls filled. She is afraid of the kitten, she is not afraid of the dog, but she will not socialize. I believe she needs Amitriptyline. Cats do well on happy drugs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ many a behavioral problem with cats can be fixed with a simple dose of Amitriptyline. The trick is getting the happy drugs into them. Thank goodness they now make several feline medications in gel form to be placed on the ear for transdermal transmission.

    A dog or cat or horse or any animal domesticated for us will bring us joy! Give us a healthy mind, and provide unconditional love. Yes, they die too soon. But, the love shared with a pet is a love that never dies. The animals are precious in Gods sight. I should be an animal rights activist! ๐Ÿ™‚ Go out and adopt a new friend today! and get it neutered or spayed.

  31. well, since participation is required…

    I’m a dog person, always have been. Dogs are truly man’s best friend. They love unconditionally, are always happy to be around me, and have a sense of loyalty. My German Shepherd may have saved my families life once. They definitely protected our home when we lived in a not so safe area.

    I like horses too. Never had one, and I know they can be quite costly to care for. A good horse and a good dog is great blessing in these parts.

  32. Oh my Reuben, I HAVE to participate in this one. Cats cats cats. I enjoy other people’s dogs, and have had a few in my life, but definitely am a cat person. We have three, two rescues and one ‘oops’ from a Bengal breeder whose famous momcat went out on the town. ๐Ÿ™‚
    We definitely abide by the ‘law’ that states, “Dog have owners. Cats have staff”..:-D

  33. I prefer cats. They’re easy to take care of and they’re small enough to sit in your lap and cuddle with you.

    I’m not really a dog person…or maybe I just don’t like a lot of dog owners. I was attacked by a dog when I was 13. The dog had shown threatening behavior in the past and had almost attacked several other people who were able to escape before being bit. I’ve come across so many irresponsible dog owners. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out on a walk and some dog has barked at me and invaded my personal space and the owner just sort of laughs and says “Oh, he’s harmless.” As if that somehow justifies not controlling your dog. People who are unwilling or unable to keep their dogs calm and controlled around strangers should not be owning dogs. One of my fears is that one day when I’m out on a walk with my daughter wrapped to by body I’m going to be attacked by some idiot’s untrained uncontrolled dog and my daughter is going to get hurt.

    You don’t really have that sort of problem with cats. They’re just generally safer to be around.

  34. But, ultimately, I really loved my hamster. He was such a little sweet-heart, gentle and cute. He never once bit me even accidentally, and he was just calming to have in the room. I loved watching and hearing him run on his wheel. It helped me fall asleep at night.

    I also think it would be cool to have a hedgehog. But, I’ve never actually had one, so maybe they make horrible pets and I just don’t realize it.

  35. I love all of God’s critters but I love dogs the best. At the moment we have three rather dopey cats and one extremely adorable dog so this might be producing a bias.

    Dogs are like junior-grade humans, our little brothers and sisters. Cats are like space aliens. Dogs have rather sad eyes, reflective of their captive status. They are an enslaved race and are deserving of our sympathy. They remember their wolven ancestors and mourn. Cats look like they might be running a terrorist cell out of the neighbor’s garden shed.

    Cat pros: good-looking, self-cleaning, they purr

    Dog pros: they will lay down their lives for you.

  36. I have been attacked by more cats than dogs.

  37. Why couldnโ€™t God have made me allergic to bears or something?<<<

    Maybe you are allergic to bears. How would you know?

  38. “cats look like they might be running a terrorist cell out of the neighbor’s shed . . .”

    that made me laugh, I know the cats in my n/hood are plotting against my flower bed … and using their chemical weapons

  39. I enjoyed your post very much Becky.

  40. I like Gary’s dog poem!

  41. โ€œcats look like they might be running a terrorist cell out of the neighborโ€™s shed . . .โ€
    That made me LOL.

    You know one of the worst feelings in the world is when you have to deny a dog something and they give the mournful eyes.

    One of the best feelings in the world is when you deny a cat something and they look at you like “You have to sleep sometime!”

  42. One thing I’ve learned…Never, ever, no matter what, and I mean NEVER, insult someone’s pet. I mean, even if it’s true. Even if their critter is a disgusting, ugly, dirty, slobbering, dumb, inbred, mutant, runt, or a prissy, sniveling yapper. Don’t. Just don’t do it.

  43. My dad used to have a large ranch where we would elk hunt. We would also have poachers who would trespass on the ranch and hunt. Dad was not so fond of these individuals.

    One year Dad was riding the ranch on his horse with two Chesapeake Retriever dogs, brothers…Scar and Patch. They came to the river and on the other side were two poachers. They told Dad that “Fred” had given them permission to hunt there…not knowing that Dad was “Fred”. As the conversation continued they became aggressive.

    Now…you have to picture my dad. He is the epitome of calm, very soft spoken. Very cowboy. Kinda a mix between Sam Elliot and Anthony Hopkins in the Edge. He was on the horse, hands folded over the saddlehorn with the reins.

    Scar and Patch were running up and down the river bank, snorting and sniffing, peeing and pooping. Generally being clueless.

    Until the one poacher stood up and picked up his rifle.

    Dad said in that instant both dogs ran to his side (without command), stood on either side of his horse, leaned in toward the poachers with lips curled fully back, but completely silent.

    Poacher set the gun down and they cleared out.

    Gotta love dogs.

  44. No doubt, Rob…some are worse about their pets than their children. I, however, am not one of those people. Used to be. When we had two German Shepherds who were just plain amazing. Then we found out the kids are pretty amazing too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. My interaction with my dog Lilly: Good morning, Mom! Beautiful day outside, doncha think? (Lick lick lick). Take me out, ok! Thanks Mom! (piddle, poo). Boy, what a relief, thanks Mom! Hey, where’s Dad! Oh there he is! (lick lick lick). What’s for breakfast, Mom? (Please don’t feed me dog food, pretty please!) Chicken! Wow! You’re the best cook in the world, Mom! (slurp slurp slurp). Dad, Mom and I wanna go to the lake and see the ducks? Can we go, Dad? Please please please? We’re going?!! Wha-hoo! Here’s the leash, Mom, hurry up, I wanna go see the ducks! Hello ducks, it’s me, Lilly. (Sniff sniif sniff). Oh, I yam so happy! Time to go home? Yay, I love home! (lick lick lick) Where’s my water bowl? (slurp slurp slurp). Time for a nap! (snore) Mom, where are you? What are you doing in the kitchen? (sniff sniff sniff) Don’t you want to sit down and read so I can sit on your lap? You do? Oh, how happy I yam! (lick, snore). Bedtime? Hooray! I love sleeping under the covers. (scratch, sniff, snore.)

    My interaction with the cat Peaches. Meow. “Do you want to go out?” Meow. “Do you want to come in?” Meow. Do you want to go out?” Meow. “Do you want to come in?” Repeat thirty times.

  46. Love it, Xenia!!

  47. We had a simple, home-made “cat flap” and went away for the weekend. We left our 2 cats with plenty of food and water and knew they could go in and out into our back yard. We took our dog with us. Upon returning home, we heard a commotion upstairs and suddenly 2 or 3 strange and guilty looking cats came running down the stairs and out the cat flap. Then our 2 “girls” casually sauntered down the stairs. It was like we had teenagers who had a party while Mom and Dad were gone.

  48. Great thread, some heartwarming, some funny-as-all-get-out, some fantastic poetry. Re: the video clip, I can totally see Deniro as Michael. Of course, the question at the end would have to be changed to, “Do you like Jerry Lee Lewis?” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway, I’m a dog kind of guy. Cats are creepy. I’ve always maintained that dogs were sent by God and cats are satanic in nature. On the other hand, I have been able to make my own applications based upon some great cat stories in a book authored by someone we all know. Still don’t want one though.

    We have a Dachshund named Penny. I have a love-hate relationship with her. I hate her incessant barking, but I love cuddling with her. I like her kisses too, when she hasn’t been licking you-know-where first. I also like her because she was my mom’s dog and we adopted her after my mom passed away a few years ago.

  49. j2theperson,

    I am sorry you had a terrible experience with a dog. I will encourage you to learn about Calming signals for dogs. And also to try and get over your fear.( I know, I know, but it really is for your own safety and your baby now) Dogs smell fear ( so do cats). Being fearful will get you bit. I will say there are a lot of dog owners out there who have no business having a dog. Most if not all dog bites can be prevented with knowledge on how to behave around a dog. Do not ever bend over the back of a dog. Limit eye contact, do not come up behind a dog. Face to the side of a dog and lick your lips slowly. If a dog approaches you know it’s language. Is the tail up and wagging? Are the ears up or back? Is it growling? Or just barking? Barking is harmless. Yes, annoying at times, and can be frightening, but a barking dog is just alerting its people & neighbors etc of your presence. They take the job of protecting their people and property seriously. If only in voice only. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I have know many a dog with all bark and no bite.) Honestly, it is the little yappy ones you have to worry about. Bigger dogs don’t worry about much. They are too big to worry. And they usually, don’t need to back up their bark. ๐Ÿ™‚ If the dog is giving you a play bow (where they are all waggy and put front legs and paws out front and stick their butt in the air) It is the very best news in the world!

    And bring a spray bottle with cayenne pepper and water with you on walks or any combination of water and a smell even ammonia. Spray it between you and the dogs and it will confuse them. Or you could bring dog biscuits with you and make friends. I know many a delivery man who do this. Our old dog Winchester, loved the UPS guy! Of course there will be the dogs that don’t recognize the calming signals. These dogs have been trained to think they are people. Our neighbors dogs are like this. It infuriates me. Dogs need to know they are dogs it makes them happy. If you do find yourself getting ready to pet a dog please hold your hand flat and open. Pet them by rubbing the chest, It gives the dog a sense of confidence and safety. Never put your face in a dogs face. It is a threat. They like their personal space as well. Same with bending over a dogs back. Never get between a dog and its owner. I usually lick my lips, stick out my hand slowly, bend to my knees and wait for the dog to accept my hand. Then I offer my chin to lick ( I know right?) The dog will lick and I give a biscuit. The licking of my chin is like when a wolf puppy licks the adult to ask for food to be brought up. It is a normal dog language sign. Of course I would never do this to an aggressive dog. Muzzle those up! You can also make a quick muzzle with a scarf, belt, gauze etc. I have done this before. I worked for a mobile Vet and I was getting supplies out of the bag when the freaking neurotic boarder collie came at me baring her teeth etc…I grabbed the gauze, tied it around her muzzle, and the in a bow behind her head. I then laid on top of her and growled and bit her neck. Yes, I did! I showed her who alpha was. My boss was like wow you did that well, while the owner was all “oh my poor baby” “Don’t poor baby me when your dog was about to take me out!” That dog btw was the prime example of no training and all spoiling.

    I just want you to be safe. Our son is afraid of dogs that are unleashed. It is because of our neighbors idiot dogs. They are aggressive and have given chase. The owners have intervened, but not appropriately. I don’t like these dogs. My neighbor has seen the kids kicking and hitting the dogs in the back yard. These dogs are bad because the owners are bad owners. If I would have seen the hitting I would have called animal control. I have discussed this with the police. They say call them the next time the dogs are out unleashed. We have a leash law. The police say they would be happy to take the dogs and fine the owners. There are a lot of bad dog owners out there. I blame owners when dogs go bad.

  50. Once I came home from work sick with something, maybe the flu. I fell asleep on the bed and slept a long time. When I woke up, it was dark. I tried to get up but I couldn’t move. None of my limbs were operative. I thought, “Wow, I am really sick!” I struggled a little more and was able to turn on the light. All the cats in the house (we had maybe five at that time) were sprawled out on top of me like dead weights. I didn’t know if they had assembled to comfort me or to eat me should I die.

  51. โ€œcats look like they might be running a terrorist cell out of the neighborโ€™s shed . . .โ€

    Believe me THEY ARE! ๐Ÿ˜‰ one more reason to stay on their good side. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have know a few fractious feline demons from hell. MEEEOWWWW….Spit! MEEEOWW Spit! Swat

    Usually a female and if she could talk she would be saying “Ill get you dearie and your little dog too!”

    Nothing like trying to give a fractious cat insulin while it is trying to kill you. Ahh the good ol days at the Boulder Valley Cat Clinic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. . Of course, the question at the end would have to be changed to, โ€œDo you like Jerry Lee Lewis?
    —————————————
    I was thinking that too Captain!

    (By the way, I think THIS pet question, not some doctrinal point, is the real danger pastors need to avoid in order to not divide the church! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  53. j2theperson…. i understand your anxiety, but that is how I am with cats. they seem to just bite me for no reason and come out of nowhere to do it….

    I loved a frog once, and I would love a hedgehog (but I hear they smell really bad)
    I always wanted a hampster, but that is why I have Pond. She is pretty close ti hampster size. ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Dogs are fine with me yet I’m to lazy to deal with them.Cats are king with me.They require little care and they keep themselves ocuppied.

  55. 6 incredible cats here, and one dog. They all rough and tumble playfully together. But it even gets better, they all go out into the back yard and hang out with my chicken “Susie.” I am going to upload a video to youtube of them.

  56. I’m not really afraid of dogs now. For nearly a decade after I was attacked I would panic a little if a dog barked at me, but I’m okay with them now. It was a very strange situation and not one that I could have prevented. The dog simply ran out of its house, down the walk way and onto the sidewalk where it started biting my leg. It only took a couple seconds for it to happen, and I had done literally nothing that could have been construed as provocation. I didn’t walk on their yard or make faces at the dog. I was just walking down the sidewalk, looking straight ahead, not even aware that there was a dog in that house when all of a sudden, bam, there was a dog chewing my leg.

    I don’t think I exude fear when I see dogs (although I probably exude ill-will toward the humans who own them), and when I come in contact with them I just leave them alone. But, whenever I’m out on a walk and some dog barks at me I do think back to how I was attacked and wonder if it could happen again and what I would do if I was wearing my daughter when it happened. It was just a bull dog and I was wearing jeans, so I was relatively safe, but what if it had been a bigger dog or I hadn’t been wearing jeans?

    I don’t fault dogs for doing what they do, but I don’t have a lot of tolerance and I have no respect for owners who cannot control their dogs and keep them from lunging at strangers or keep them from running off of their property when they’re not tied up. You should simply not take your dog for a walk on a public sidewalk if you can’t keep it from jumping at people or invading their personal space. I’m not saying keep it from barking, and I’m not saying they need to be kept away if someone comes on your property or into the home because that’s a totally different situation. But, if you take your dog out in public, I think you are a bad owner if you can’t keep your dog physically away from people. And, again, you’re a bad owner if you let your dog run unleashed in your unenclosed yard when the dog is not trained to stay within the confines of your yard. Other than not physically touching it without an owner’s permission or doing something that’s blatantly antagonistic, people should not be expected to be aware of all the ins and outs of interacting with dogs.

  57. We had a frog when I was growing up, Gomergirl. His name was Froggy Doon-Doon (I think my 3 year old brother had a hand in naming him). He didn’t do much–just swam around in his tank–but he was pretty cool.

  58. No one who knows me now would believe it, but I grew up “country” with horses, cows, ducks, chickens, rabbits, dogs and other various animals.
    Rode horses all the time when I was little. Had the whole western outfit including an awesome pink felted cowgirl hat and silver buckle.
    We were around rodeos, farms, land and fairs etc till I was in junior high or so I guess.
    I have no idea where that kid went.

  59. (By the way, I think THIS pet question, not some doctrinal point, is the real danger pastors need to avoid in order to not divide the church! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Steve, you’re right!!!! These cat people are getting under my skin!!!! All cat do is walk around with their nose in the air acting better than anyone else!!! I’ll take my dumb dog who doesn’t know the difference!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  60. Xenia @ 38

    Touche

    Now, who triple dog dares me to find out? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  61. Steve @20– thanks for posting the Meet the Parents clip! It was the first thing I thought of when I saw today’s topic! Maybe the next topic should be what we think of Peter, Paul and Mary…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. My son and I used to watch this. I post it in order to end all debate on this question. This is your answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nOk9Fi6gKQ

  63. I DONโ€™T HAVE A LOT OF TOLERANCE AND I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR OWNERS WHO CANNOT CONTROL THEIR DOGS.

    PEOPLE WHO ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO KEEP THEIR DOGS CALM AND CONTROLLED AROUND STRANGERS SHOULD NOT BE OWNING DOGS.

    Sorry to raise my voice a little – just thought those excerpts from #34 and #57 were worth putting in all caps. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I try hard not to visit the homes of people who have โ€œOh donโ€™t worry he wonโ€™t biteโ€ style obnoxious pets.

    Oh I know, to you it is cute and lovable and harmless. But you just cannot put yourself in your guestโ€™s head.

    That said, I love dogs and cats.

  64. Cats or Dogs? How do you choose? I had both growing up, along with rabbits and hamsters. I have both now and love them for different reasons.

    Charlie cat is not like any cat I have ever owned, he thinks he might be a dog, but still has cattitude. He comes when I call him, likes his belly rubbed, and he eats out in the grass with the dogs. Yet owns the bed and wonโ€™t let the dogs get on it and will chase them off the couch if they attempt to join me.

    Sophia girl is my 50lb Husky mix. She is the sweetest dog I have ever owned, and probably the most striking in looks. She is white with tan husky markings and one blue and one brown eye, she gets lots of attention when we go on walks. She is smart as can be, knows two languages, but doesnโ€™t always follow commands. She is very strong willed and takes a firm hand. When she howls, (rut rohโ€™s) it makes me smile.

    Jaco is my 100lb Karst Sheepdog (long haired German Shepard). He is the most gentle, loving, sensitive, and protective dog I have ever known. If Sophia is smart this dog is a genius. He know how to unlatch the Iron side gate, he know how to turn door knobs with his mouth. When the cat brings me presents, AKA dead things, I just tell Jaco to come pick them up and take them outside, works every time. You only have to tell him once what the rules are and he will forever follow them. And please donโ€™t speak to firmly or you will hurt his feeling, it normally takes about three days for him to get over a scolding. If you are the least bit nervous around big dogs he will know it and be nervous around you, might ever give you the low growl to protect his space and yours. But once he has accepted you as a friend you are a friend forever. When he was diagnosed with under active thyroid, I was dreading having to give him pills every day for the rest of his life. I hated the thought of always having to hide a pill in cheese or something. So instead I just put the pill in the palm of my hand, he looked at me as if to say, ya right what I am supposed to do with this, I told him he had to take it, and he just licked it out of my hand. Now it is just part of our daily routine.

    Umm, can you tell which one is my favorite?

  65. My wife and I have two little dogs and two cats, all of whom were rescued from misery and unkind death. We love them dearly and consider them to be family. The apostle John closes his gospel by saying that there were many things about Jesus that were not written down. I like to believe that a tender heart towards animals was among them.

  66. HEY!! I got a new job today. Took 2 weeks. For those of you who prayed- THANKS!!

    As a flooring estimator I go into 5 to 7 homes a day. Most people have pets. More dogs than cats. Most dogs are well behaved. I have a calming effect on animals. Sometimes a cat or dog will approach me and their owners are surprised cuz they’re usually frightened by strangers. I don’t mind pets cuz I get to leave and they have to stay. I don’t like big dogs cuz they get in their own way and most of them smell. I really don’t like little dogs cuz they’re yappers. Cats are ok. I don’t mind when they try to rub up against me but not when they stand on my clipboard.

  67. Woof!

  68. I like cats and dogs. We’ve had good and bad in both. We love our pets, they become like part of the family.

  69. God loves cats and hates dogs. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Revelation 22 says dogs do not make it in – “outside are the dogs.” And Paul told the Philippians – “Beware of dogs; beware of evil workers.”

  70. Under moderation? Does that mean you’re afraid of what I might say about dogs and cats?

  71. “Until I can come up with a better solution, all comments on this blog will be moderated.

    That means myself or one of our moderators have to approve them one at a time.

    That means I may not be in a place where I can do that quickly, so please be patient with me.”

    Michael Newnham

  72. Evidently not Jackie. Welcome. Pull up a chair and rest your dogs.

  73. I think yer funnin’ us Jackie.

  74. I did not want to post this in the Trey articles, that’s Holy Ground so I will post that here. A question from the faith community I was physically involved it (local real life) and from what I have found online in my experience thwarting God’s wrath or judgement was a sin. We all agree that the book of Revelation speaks about stars falling from the skies to Earth. Many say this could be an asteroid or a comet. It is a fact, not conjecture or apologetic quibbling, if a foreign object of significant size and kinesthetic force struck our Earth it would literally wipe out every single form of life down to the smallest microbe. So I was thinking

    http://www.space.com/21333-asteroid-nuke-spacecraft-mission.html

    What if we could stop it? Is that a sin, if it is God’s judgement we should let God have His Holy wrath. Trust Him to rebuild etc. But if we actually lived that way we would not have fire personal, weather warning nets, tsunami warning nets, antibiotics and so on. We could literally save the world, but it would be in our unconverted state, in our fallen nature if we deflected one of these objects. We would be adding to our rebellion of God. I was thinking even more, when we snuffed out small pox for the most part, did we rebel, I mean the tools to snuff out this vile evil pestilence came about through evolutionary biology, pure and simple. Was it wrong for us to do that, was small pox one of God’s tools of judgement and chastisement. What about Leprosy, that is a common theme in the Holy Scriptures. We have responses to this disease though not a cure. Is it wrong to apply our scientific medical imperfect interventions to such Divine Fiats. I do not mean any of these questions as gotcha type rhetoric, I really struggle with them. Thanks

    PS if this is off topic please feel free to moderate it, I take no offense just letting me type it helped me a lot.

  75. Not everyone here thinks that Revelation speaks of stars falling from the sky. Some of us have more developed Bible reading skills.

  76. My comment above was not directed at brian’s reading skills … but at those whacky end timers (pre mil dispies) who read that as literal stars.

  77. Brian,
    I believe God wants man to do all we can to conquer and subdue nature. That includes all kinds of life saving things. I don’t think He minds when we invent labor saving devices or whatever makes life more comfy. He can work in any situation.

    If a specific asteroid is a judgement from God no act of man could avert it. Except repentance of course. It’s early. I need coffee.

  78. Isn’t this suppose to be a thread about dogs or cats? I have always believed MLD’s favorite was a “Dodger Dog”.

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