Sometimes as a conversation starter, someone will ask if I’m a cat or a dog person. I will truthfully state that I like both, the preference of one over the other depends on the kind of day I’m having.
I’ve had the experiences of cats owning me. I don’t think we can really own a cat. I’ve never had a dog in my household. It’s not that I haven’t ever wanted a canine companion, it’s that the timing and places have never jibed. As a child, I yearned for a dog, but my parents refused to have one around due to “practical” concerns about care, feeding and cleanup duties.
I think nearly every boy aches for the companionship of a dog. I believe it’s due to the partnership between humans and canines that have been fostered for centuries.
It wasn’t until my siblings and I left home, did the family acquire a dog. It was a male Shetland Collie (sheltie) named Chip. He was a well-behaved registered animal that mom adored. It may have been empty nest syndrome; I don’t know. Mom and Chip were inseparable.
I think dogs have the capability of adding some humanity to humans. It is my opinion that Adoph Hitler would have been an even more horrifying tyrant if he had not befriended Blondi.
That sorry meglamaniac is infamous in titanic proportions. Aside from perhaps softening the blow of Herr Hitler’s angst. Blondi’s historical presence in the Chancelor’s life is a constant reminder that Adolph Hitler was a human being. The uncomfortable truth of the matter is that all of us have the seeds of a Hitler within ourselves. In our most unguarded thoughts, perhaps, at one time, we’ve all entertained the fantasy of annihilating our foes. Especially if we’re feeling very persecuted.
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney
I said I haven’t had the opportunity to keep a dog in my household. As mentioned, I wasn’t allowed as a child. As I got older, I found myself renting my homes. One of the drawbacks of being a tenant, is that most landlords forbid pets. That said, I’ve had cats adopt me. But they remained free to come and go as they pleased. Most of the cats were borderline feral, but I did feed them. They just weren’t allowed to claim my house.
Dogs are a different case altogether. To feed a stray dog would necessitate the action of actually adopting the creature. The human must license the animal, take him to the veterinarian for exams and shots. There are complicating factors such as will his bark annoy the neighbors and will the landlord find out about him?
I haven’t been deprived of doggy companions, far from it. Friends and family have shared their dogs with me when I visit. Hence, I’ve only enjoyed visiting dogs. Someday I might make the step of adopting a canine companion. Who knows?
The Blue Jay of Happiness loves to tease dogs.