I’ve written about this topic a few times over the past 10-years. However, based on a knock-down fight I recently witnessed, I’m going to mention it again.
The war between dog owners and cat owners has been in progress for centuries; and there are NO signs of a truce in sight. I actually witnessed a fight break out over it… YESTERDAY.
I’m not going into details here. Both participants demonstrated a strong command of the stupid. In fact, two police officers were so impressed that they presented both parties with personalized invitations to appear before a Court of Common Pleas Judge who will explain precisely HOW stupid.
The point is that some folks are DOG people and others are CAT people; END of conversation! And no matter WHAT, both groups will forever present endless litanies as to why theirs is the BETTER choice.
Personally I have never considered myself an animal person. I’ve never disliked them, but neither was I ever overwhelmed with the notion of having them in my home.
But my children loved all animals, especially dogs and cats. And as a father, I didn’t have much of a say in the matter.
So it has always been a matter of resolution. I’ve lived my entire married life with DOGS and CATS as an integral part of it. And nothing is going to change at this late date in my life.
In fact, as I write this, an 8-year-old female rescue cat is sleeping at my feet while two others—half her age—play floor-hockey in the hallway outside my in-home office.
Their games can last as long as 30-minutes at a time. They long ago learned how to dislodge a small wire drain filter from a bathroom sink adjacent to my 3rd floor in-home office.
And using their front paws as hockey sticks, they bat it up and down the hardwood floor of the hallway leading to the stairwell.
I’ve grown use to it. All three cats, just as any dog I’ve ever taken in, have become an integral part of my home life. I wouldn’t trade any one of them for anything.
But as much effort as I put into trying to explain my feelings about the differences between dogs and cats, I fail miserably compared to the way the late Alan King nailed it many years ago.
According to biblical historians, pets—dogs and cats in particular—go back to Adam and Eve. According to the late Alan King, a rare part of the Book of Genesis, found in late 1980, verifies this fact. I present it in its COMPLETE context.
“…And Adam said, ‘Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult 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 know that I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and 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 and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, ‘But Lord, I have already named all of the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and 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 and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord and said, ‘Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility.’
And the Lord said, ‘No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and 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 a supreme being. And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And CAT DID NOT CARE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER…
I’m old, but not that old; I was not there. But, I have had a few cats AND dogs. This account seems quite credible to me!”
Ah… SILENCE! The floor-hockey game must be over. But I’m sure they’ll be back for another game, sometime between midnight and 3 AM.
Thank God for water pistols. Cats HATE the spray; but it brings sporadic cat floor-hockey games to an immediate TEMPORARY halt and allows me to get some sleep!
Have a great week!