Lately, I’ve been working like a dog, which is no surprise because I’m sure at times we all feel that way. It’s the dog-days of summer so the heat affects us as well. We’ve had bouts of raining cats and dogs too. Are you following my animal analogies?
Dogs are people too, have you heard that phrase? Dog is man’s best friend. You call a dog and he comes (usually). But call a cat? Not such great odds that the cat will even hear you let alone think about moving out of his warm spot in the sunshine. Have you ever attempted to corral a bunch of cats into one area? If you have, then you know how anxious it can make you. Just as you think they are all herded into one single area, one hops the fence, another squeezes through a crack, while the others walk around, tails high in the air, not a care in the world. Grab the escapees and the ones who you were sure were just lazing around and grooming themselves, but have now decided to take off and explore on their own, regardless that you are calling their names. For a moment, all is well.
Does this sound familiar to you? Metaphorically of course, because unless you are a crazy cat lady, you don’t have so many cats in one area. We have two ~ Tiffy is a little diva, a snuggle kitty, my constant companion, a chatterbox and the winner of the best fur therapy giver award. It is to Tiffy whom we whisper our frustrations, snuggling into her fluffy, soft fur, burying our faces streamed with tears when nobody else is home. The holder of secrets and yet she is a demanding and independent thinker who just lives by her own clock, her own mind and her own needs. And yet, we adore her! Our younger family member is Tigger who is still a little sprite of energy, even after being with us for four years. She quite literally runs our household now, including running Tiffy who is not used to anything more than a sedentary lifestyle. It’s been an adjustment for sure, for us all, but mostly for Tiffy who welcomed a friend, but on her terms. Tigger brings vitality to our home. Her shenanigans amuse us and her willingness to play with anything and everything keeps us on our toes. Her nickname is the hooligan!
So how are cats like people? Well, dogs are what we people would like to be, what we would like to have as our comrades, those with whom we come into constant contact. To me, a dog is mostly friendly, happy, without secrets. A dog needs water, food, a bit of playtime with a ball and is simply happy to be here with you. Canines notoriously make excellent pets because they are reliable and their mood shows directly in their posture, on their face and mostly, they are happy to see you. They are without cares, do not hold grudges and you can easily read them by their stance. In other words, they are what we would like the people in our lives to be.
Cats, who get a bad rap for being more independent, are more like people. They rock their own tune in their head and don’t rely on being told what to do like dogs. They have their own agenda and aren’t afraid to hiss when things don’t go their way. They build trust slowly, but surely. They have 9 lives and like to nestle in the most obscure places, like the linen closet. Rarely do they come when called unless it suits them. Most of the time, you can’t read their minds (unless I put out the tuna treat and then I know that I am number one in their book for awhile).
While we don’t have a dog in our home, we love them and would have one if we could. But for now, it would upset the feline energy here at the moment. Friends of ours just had a litter of black lab pups that are calling my name. I can’t upset the household with a new puppy, but it sure would make for some crazy future posts!