Thursday, January 7, 2010

In reality, dogs rule

This will probably come as no surprise, but a new Associated poll has found that more Americans like dogs than cats. Plenty of people like both, but the poll found 74 percent of respondents like dogs a lot, but just 41 percent like cats a lot. I've had dogs and cats since I was a young child, and while I've had some very lovable cats, I really don't find them a match for a good dog. The photo above shows my "baby" with his muddy paws on the coffee table that he chewed at every opportunity when he was a pup. I think Joseph Moreus, a California man interviewed for an AP story about the poll, summed it up pretty well when he said, “Cats are all about cats ... Cats don't care if they please you or not.” That's pretty much it. Cats do their own thing. Our current cat, when she's not fending off the retriever, spends most of her day sleeping under a piece of furniture in the living room. She doesn't care whether we humans go upstairs, downstairs or outside the house. Dogs, on the other hand, want to be where you are. They're sad when you go somewhere and happy as all heck when you come home. You want to play, they'll play. You want to hit the couch for a nap, they'll curl up next to you. You want to pee in the yard, they'll join you. OK, maybe that was a bad example, and don't try that family "whiz break" if you live in town. I should mention, for my own personal safety, that my wife does NOT join us for that particular group activity. But back to my central point, which is that it's hard not to love dogs. My dogs are happy when I'm happy, and comforting when I'm not. My life is better because of my dogs. And I think that's the best endorsement I can give.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of arguing about which animal is "better," I'd rather say thank you for loving your pets and giving them a good home. I applaud everyone who adopts either cats or dogs and provides a home that includes plenty of human attention, good food, and medical attention when needed. There are so many pets in homes where they are ignored in every way.

January 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I like how the majority of the pictures (2 out of 3) that I have seen of your pets features the chessie on a table.

January 8, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

There is a theory that you don't own a cat, but that the cat owns you.

I was never a cat fan, but I've had and been around some wonderful dogs.

January 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous x anonymous said...

I used to be only a dog guy, until the wife made me like cats. Funny how every time I get a dog, it's never around long. My last dog was a Miniature Schnauzer. The lady up the street killed it for me. She ran him over, he was standing behind a speed bump and he became part of the speed bump. That lady hit him doing 80mph. She never stopped, nothing. I just picked him up from getting his hair did! Atleast Shooter went out looking good!

January 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I love them both for different reasons.
The cats keep the rats away. The dogs go hiking with us when we hike in Grizzly and Cougar country. Both play with toys. Both are relaxing when I sit and pet them. The cats wake me to get food. The dogs wake me to go out. Both follow me around the yard when doing yard work. They both are my Homeland Security. (ha) The cats protect me from invasions, the dogs protect me from intruders. One is not better than the other. It just depends on your need.

January 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

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