Cats or Dogs?

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There are a lot of people who favor dogs over cats.  If I had to guess, I’d say that dog lover numbers are higher.  (Dogs 1 – Cats 0)  I’ve always favored cats, but since I’ve had my two little dogs I’m right down the middle on the subject.

Humor, is always the best way to begin:

1.  “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
2.  Feed, pet and love the dog and it thinks “THEY MUST BE GOD.”  Feed, pet and love the cat and it thinks, I MUST BE GOD!”
3.  Mark Twain wrote, “The more I get to know people, the more I like my dog.” 
4.  Have you heard Groucho Marx’s quote, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” 
5.  “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

During my Internet search for endearing dog and cat quotes, dogs were easily the most appreciated and understood of the two.  (Dogs 2 – Cats 0)

In defense of felines, here are a few reasons why I adore my cat (and cats in general).  Kiki, my cat, has a vivid imagination, and can entertain herself quite well.  She’s beautiful and sleek, and when she leaps up to her food spot, I’m reminded of the beauty of the big, wild cats.  KiKi purrs, and that soothes me.  My cat’s always bathing herself, she’s very clean.  It’s so convenient, that with enough food and water, she can stay alone for a few days.  I enjoy her independence, a characteristic that turns many would-be cat lovers off.  She’s independent, but sleeps with me every night, right side, under my arm.  I actually love hearing her meow.  My cat covers her cat box “business”.

But, I understand that some people are allergic to cat dander; for our family and friends that suffer, I offer Benadryl as they walk in the door.  Most would agree that kittens are adorable, but  they do grow up, and sometimes continue to climb curtains.  Cat claws are very sharp and can damage carpet, furniture or window screens.  Indoor cats need a litter box, it can get both smelly and messy.  (I’ve never let my cats outside, fearing for their safety).  Although possible, It’s difficult to “train” a cat.  Almost all cats shed their fur, so I don’t wear dark clothes around the house, and I hang my dark clothes inside out.

Now, I’m also a happy dog owner.  I love coming home to my dogs, Bitsy and Shelby.  They wiggle their bottoms and wag their tails so enthusiastically that it makes me feel incredibly loved.  Although training is never simple, repetition, patience and praise has trained them quite well.  I’ve never heard anyone say they hate puppies.  With a doggie door, they’re very self-sufficient, and go in and out, as needed.  They both race to clean any crumbs that have fallen on the floor.

But, I’ve never been happy about a dog’s need to sniff crouches.  I dislike their disruptive barking whenever the someone comes to the gate, or at the sound of UPS truck pulling up outside.  I’m clearly, not crazy about picking up poop outside.  Most dog breeds shed.  I don’t wear dark clothes around the house, and I hang my dark clothes inside out. (same for the cat)  Dogs need a license, rabies shots, heart medication, and more.

So how are your heart-strings today. Have I pulled on them at all?  Just like people, there are a few bad apples….but mostly cats and dogs are filled with the same need for love and companionship.  They’ll reward you with their licks, purrs, tail wagging and meows!

X O, Sharon