Deep Down Are You A Dog Person After All?

Cat and dog lovers poster by Ruth
Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra
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You are a fully paid up member of the Confederation Of Cat Companions (CCC)! You love cats; and have all your life. Independent minded people like independent minded animals. But do you love dogs as well? Are you the sort of person who loves cats because you lived with three cats when you were a child? Perhaps you are a people person but if you looked after a companion animal you would prefer that it was a cat for practical reasons and because that is the way it always was. The cat does not disturb the ebb and flow of your working life. She’ll be at the window when you come home and ask you for dinner before you have time to settle in but you love the low maintenance aspect of cat life.

The dog, by contrast, requires a lot of looking after. You have to train them and even when that goes well you have to walk them twice a day and while you’re out walking them you have to pick up their gooey poop with the ubiquitous plastic bag; this is a legal requirement as far as I’m aware in Britain. There again, taking the dog for a walk is a great way of meeting people (or annoying people!). And a photograph on one of those dating sites, of a man holding a puppy is catnip for a single woman; it shows a woman that he is a sensitive soul in touch with his emotions and ripe for marriage…

…Dogs do have their advantages. You might warm to a dog even if you are a hardline member of CCC. Is it possible to simultaneously be a cat lover and a dog lover? I would say yes it is. Or are you, as mentioned, more a people person? You might even be a person who wants to change over. That is sacrilegious to those of us living in the world of cats. Perhaps, you’ve retired and have more time on your hands. You want to go out for a walk every day. You want a companion on those walks and what better companion then a chirpy little dog who looks up at you with doe eyes. Of course, you’ll have to pick up that sloppy poo but that’s just a minor downside.

You’ll also have to put up with your slippers being chewed through and your kitchen floor looking like a Jackson Pollock painting during his brown era. But you’ll warm to it.

I wonder how many parents are pestered by their kids to get a dog or a cat? Is it the children who decide whether the family has a dog or a cat? What if you’re a cat lover and your daughter insists on adopting a dog and enters into a pact, behind your back, with your wife and together they chip away at you until you give in and adopt a dog. You are cunningly recruited away from the Confederation of Cat Companions to the rival Confederation Of Canine Companions!

If an animal lover wavers between caring for a dog or a cat the decision is often made for practical reasons. If you’re busy and away from home you may believe that keeping a cat is more suitable but you may be wrong. This may be a misconception. Cats miss their human companions just as much as dogs, I believe. The domestic cat is no longer a solitary independent companion animal but sociable.

Perhaps the key practical element in deciding between a cat and a dog is the simple fact that you can take a dog for a walk. You can take your dog outside on a lead as a matter of course. Whereas, exceptionally, this can also be done with a cat, but it is virtually impossible.

In the UK, it is said that a dog bred for low maintenance such as the cockapoo is a midlife status symbol for men. The cockapoo is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle and bred, as far as I can tell, exclusively for middle-class city dwellers! We are told that this breed of dog does not moult, does not smell, is great with kids and does not need long walks. Lies. You have to employ a dog groomer once a month at £40 a time and when he rolls on the grass while on walks what is she rolling in…

Perhaps the ultimate answer is to look after both a cat and a dog – while at the same time the cat and the dog are best friends. It doesn’t get better. You need to make sure that you have sufficient time to care for them both properly.

23 thoughts on “Deep Down Are You A Dog Person After All?”

  1. i admire dogs and they are nice i guess. but always been a cat person. always used to be afraid of them growing up

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  2. We always had dogs and i love them but to have one here i would need a large dog since walking a small one is dangerous with coyotes. No win our lives large dogs are a bit too much. Not having cats growing up i love having them now since my kids were young. I had two cats at once many many years ago but i only have one now. My daughter at one time had 5 dogs and two cats. They got old and passed away and now she only has two dogs left. They all were/are spoiled as all animals should be because they give us such love, affection and loyalty.. I think so anyway. 😉

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