So, I hear that there are dog people and there are cat people. Not me, I always said! I like both, I said, dismissively. I grew up with dogs. I’m sure it would be super easy to get a puppy! But, I’ve only had cats as an adult. In other words, when dogs were last a daily part of my life, Reagan was president, Webster was on the teevee and I had a Swatch. And yes, I had a swatch guard. What do you think I am, crazy?
I love having animals, so this year was going to be the year we got a dog. And we did!
Wow, things are different when you have to do all the dog care yourself. News flash to the nation’s kids who are currently begging for a pup to be under the tree!
So, from 1994 with the acquisition of my first cat Lou, till June 2012, I had only had cats. Awesome, hilarious, low maintenance cats. Cats who pounced on predator feet under the covers. Cats who would go out and then come back in at their leisure. Cats who would be really into something, then stop as they felt and acted on a sudden urge to groom. Yeah, they’ll groom whether you like it or not. They don’t care that you have guests over, that butthole won’t groom itself!
Cats whose love of being in bags and boxes know no end!
Cats who would mysteriously stare at the ceiling when you’re trying to, say, lecture them about their nighttime pouncing, or perhaps sing them that verse of Call me Maybe that you finally learned.
Cats are introverts. So am I. I understand them. They like to be around people sometimes, but they also need your ass to get lost so they can recharge their inner batteries.
Not dogs! Hell to the no! Dogs are crazy, man. We got our pup Mozy this past June from the awesome Georgia Peaches Rescue and I learned some important life lessons in the differences between cats and dogs. Dogs are big drooly extroverts, and they will pretty much let you know it on the daily.
Hey, hooman! Let’s pick produce!
Hey, hooman! Let’s go hiking!
Hey, hooman! Let’s sit on chaise lounges!
They want to be with you constantly. They follow you every time you go into the kitchen. And then there is the staring. What is up with the staring?
Oh and with puppies, as Mozy is, there is the endless, boundless energy. This is Double S and I playing ball with Mozy.
Also then there are the weird random quirks. Some wanna chew up everything that isn’t nailed down. Read what my pal Meg’s dog ate over the years. Oh, and while you’re at it, read up on our Cookbooks blog challenge for 2013! Join us!
Some want to take five minutes circling around trying to find a place to lay on their bed. The circling has been my constant source of amusement since picking up a new bed for the Mozster a few weeks back.
We take her to the dog park too. And if you live in Seattle or some other city where people’s weirdness gets to thrive unabated, you’ve met the crazy dog park people, in all their variations. Ok, so sometimes it takes me a minute to find my dog’s poop to pick up. Big deal! And yea, that was me who laughed when those dogs humped. It was funny!
And now it’s Christmas. Christmas with a dog is fun! You can do stuff like this!
And when your pup learns to get along with your cat, and you see them snuggling for the first time? That kind of cuteness is what it’s all about!
So for all you dog lovers out there, here is today’s Xmas song of the day: “Christmas is Going to the Dogs”, by the Eels.
Having a dog and a cat is kinda working for me. I get the hilarious occasionally snuggly ever mischievous cat and the energetic unconditionally loving stare of a dog.
Happy holidays to you and your animal friends!