In Others’ Words: Dogs and Cats and You and Me
I’ve never done a double quote blog post before. But tonight I wanted to write about pets and if I only chose a quote about dogs I’d be alienating all of you cat lovers. Likewise, if I only chose a quote about cats, I’d offend all of you dog lovers. So yes, I straddled the virtual fence and chose two quotes.
I also know people have goldfish as pets. And guinea pigs. And snakes. And all other sorts of animals. But for the sake of this blog post, I’ll limit myself to dogs and cats, okay?
And yes, it’s true some people aren’t into pets … but I would wager the vast majority of people around the world have had some experience with having a dog or a cat as a pet. We’ve loved them and yes, we’ve lost them — and losing a much beloved pet is an especially poignant loss, whether you are a child or an adult. It. Just. Hurts.
I love both cats and dogs. I love the way cats purr and pounce and yes, the way they “own” you. And I love the wholehearted affection dogs offer us … and the way playfulness seems inbred in them from the day they are born until the day they take their last breath.
My family and friends know I’m afraid of dogs because of a few scary incidents with uncontrolled dogs while I’ve been out walking. But the truth is, I’m more afraid of their owners and how they don’t care enough to train their dogs or to supervise their dogs so that they won’t hurt someone like me — or a child. I’m an adult, I’ll cope with being afraid. No child should be chased by a dog simply because its owner is irresponsible.
But I digress.
Pets are a responsibility, what with feeding them and grooming them and training them. But dogs and cats bring fun and joy and, at times, a sense of calmness, into our lives, too.
In Your Words: Are you a cat person or a dog person — or are you both? I’d love for you to share a favorite pet story today. What do you like best about having a pet?
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