Monday, January 21, 2008

The Reign of Cats & Dogs


Medbh has introduced me to these wonderful pics and each one makes me giggle uncontrollably, even thinking about them does it to me!

Currently two cats and a dog are sharing space with me and I admire how quickly the hierarchy gets sorted out in such matters. One of the cats has elected herself alpha and won't allow the quite large dog into the family room.

The dog is puzzled as she is a total feline fan and allows my grandgirl's cat to groom her - face, ears, in other words the complete salon treatment.

One of my cats was best friends with my dog of the time. The cat always came for our nightly walks, much to the amusement of drivers and pedestrians, there were a lot of double takes seeing the cat and dog marching along together. They also slept together. I think it helped that the cat was huge and tough, he would always swack me one if I didn't get his food down first, before the dog's. I called him my Biker Boy and still miss him, he had a great personality.

Years ago, at my daughter's, I brought my dog to meet her two cats for the first time and we were astonished at how quickly they established pecking order. In one minute, the female cat sat on the stairs blocking it and balefully watching the other two keeping them in order. My dog was in the middle, sitting in the living room and not moving and the male cat was under the coffee table, the lowest wee creature on the totem pole. Harmony reigned.

I would classify myself as a dog person, though cats have wandered into my life and stayed there for lengthy periods of time. But I've rarely been without a dog and have suffered agonies when The Day comes and The Decision has to be made. But overall every moment spent with these four-legged wonders has been worth it.

6 comments:

  1. That is the second time today I have come across the same picture!

    I have no pets. My sister has two cats and two dogs. They are her children!! She even finds it necessary to stop mid conversation to chat to them when on the phone to me! The calls are long distance for God's sake. One of these days I swear I will hang up.

    Rant over. Sorry!

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  2. I haven't had pets since I was a kid but I'm friendly with one of the local cats who checks out our garden every day. Yes, it's amusing the way a group will establish their own unpredictable pecking order. And I love the idea of the cat and dog going for walks together - it must have been quite a sight!

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  3. GM:
    I think it is a trait of dog-owners particularly to talk to their dogs and compose a song for them. I'm serious!
    CBC (our national radio station) had a whole hour dedicated to dog-songs a few years back and I was not surprised. Every dog I've had, I've composed a song for.
    But I consider it the height of rudeness to engage with anyone else, two legged or four legged while on the phone, even if not long distance. Knock it off, sis!
    XO
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  4. It can be a huge responsiblity, Nick, not undertaken lightly. I'm just cat-sitting the cats here and my last cat died a few years back. The dog goes everywhere with me, a total companion dog and *cough* beautifully trained.
    XO
    WWW

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  5. My mum has two cats and two dogs of varying sizes. The sausage dog is boss and the adorable laborador is at the bottom of the pecking order, because she is a baby.

    Like Nick, I haven't had pets since I was a child. Once I am more settled, I am toying with the idea of getting a cat.

    It makes me smile to think of a dog and cat going for a walk together.

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  6. Hi H:
    Yes I think one needs to be more settled before chosing the four-legged companion. Especially a cat who is usually attached to a place and not a person. Dogs are more portable, mine is happy just to be with me....
    XO
    WWW

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