Saturday, November 26, 2011

Creature comforts


Contrary to popular opinion, dogs don’t really think we humans are the greatest thing since sliced bread or kibble pie. It’s not that dogs lie to us, exactly; it’s just, for some lovely reason, they like to make us happy.

And if that means implying, from time to time, that we’re funnier, prettier, wiser, and toss a better tennis ball than anyone else – they’re not above a fib or two.

As for cats, well, cats get a bad rap – you know, their reputation for aloofness and silent superiority. There's a cat from down the street who visits me now and then, and she talks endlessly. I pour out the food in exchange for some sparkling conversation. Sometimes we hang out and dish about the neighbors...

Intro to the GOOD STUFF -- More stories from the adoption front by some of our favorite bloggers. Take a look.

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22 comments:

  1. I love this photo. Was this taken post-pie?

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  2. Another wonderful heartfelt column. Glad to see some cat stories, as I grew up with two sweet ones. Many childhood memories are lost in the fog, but I sure remember Cinnamon Toast and Cocoa. They definitely added so much to my childhood. Love this photo. Oh to play hard and then take a serious nap! Heaven.

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  3. Lovely photo of Phoebe with Albert, happy together. At least we have photos nowadays to keep the memories alive.

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  4. That's a great photo. I hope Tommy and Louise can share the couch someday.

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  5. Is your cat neighbor a Siamese? I had a cat who was the son of a Siamese cat who went out slumming, and he could talk like nobody's business. He was also great at keeping the bats and mice out of the house. Ah, cats.

    Great picture of Sophie and Albert. It must have been a Thanksgiving night, after dinner.

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  6. It's Newt the nudist, Marjie. The hairless cat -- I forget the breed name.

    Thanks again for everyone's stories, and for everyone who stopped by to read them.

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  7. "...they like to make us happy"? I must be doing something wrong. Our rescue dogs seem to think MY job is to make THEM happy!
    "Throw the ball!"
    "Walk? Walk? WALK???"
    "Any kibbles for us now?"

    Love the stories.

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  8. More beautiful stories ~ thanks again, Karin, for organising this. So much love and unadulterated joy in those little furry souls ~ while the pain of loss feels insurmountable at times when it comes, I feel blessed for every moment shared with them.

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  9. Nothing beats soccer and good stories.

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  10. You should meet my cat, Muffin. She'd talk your head off.

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  11. Again, wonderful stories and photos! (Thanks for including our Chava kitty)

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  12. Dogs are always happy to see you. Cats have their people take a message and get back to you when they are damn good and ready.

    I wouldn't say that dogs shine us on so much as they know which side to butter their bread on. We have thumbs, they don't. We can open doors, dog food containers and tennis ball cans without benefit of our teeth.

    Then again, I've been known to whisper in the ear of most of the dogs we know "You know I love you best-est of all!".

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  13. Cats do get a bad rap. All my cats have been affectionate and love nothing more than getting a good belly rub. They follow me around wherever I go, sit at my feet while I'm preparing dinner (okay - that one might be suspect) and sleep beside me at night.

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  14. Lovely photo of Phoebe with Albert sharing the couch. Looks both had a great fun with the ball.

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  15. Play hard and rest hard! Now that's a dog's life. I love dogs that other people own, but they are too high maintenance for me to have one.

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  16. Albert may fake it, but Scout really does think I am THAT funny and fabulous. I refuse to think otherwise, so shush is already.

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  17. Judy - So CaliforniaDecember 5, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Karin, Sorry to be so very, very late in commenting on your wonderful columns and to thank you for using the stories of my darlings. I have been under the weather since Thanksgiving and they have snuggled up and taken very good care of me - and those are the cats I am talking about. Not an aloof one in the bunch - they love to snuggle and purr. I am so lucky! And you are a treasure to call everyone's attention to pet adoption - a win, win all around. Judy - Brentwood

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