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  1. suek says

    Wow.  I don’t get that sense at all – I see a cat that’s pretty much done for.  That’s one lucky cat – I hope he made it ultimately…he looks pretty bad.

  2. says

    To me the picture says so many things:  our humanity towards the creatures who love us, the terrible relief of being rescued, the way animals look remarkably foolish when their faces take on expressions we humans can recognize — it’s all there.

    As to that first one, you know my shtick about there being something seriously wrong with a religion that shall remain nameless, to the extent that it views dogs as unclean.  We have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with dogs.  In return for a little food and kindness, dogs will do anything within their power for us.  They are programmed to read our body language and, looking at infants, we are equally programmed to find them attractive and desire their affection.  That’s why we, sometimes foolishly, run into burning buildings to rescue them.  And that’s why I find it bizarre that a major religion has cut dogs out of the loop of humanity entirely.  Cats aren’t the same, but there’s still that connection….

  3. says

    Dogs wish to belong to the pack, headed by a human. Cats are more ferociously solitary and competitive. The behavior amongst males and females are more diverse and extreme. A dog pack may fight for supremacy, but once the social order is settled not much else needs to be done. A dominant pack member does not suddenly become non-dominant over time. For cats, that’s not so. Cats fight over territory and what not All The Time.
     
    In that sense, it makes cats more similar to human kids and human ways of organization. Cats are more individualistic while dogs are more conformist. There are even words to describe human preferences. Dogperson. Catperson.
     
     
    Cats treat their owners like their mother. Dogs treat their owners like their god.
     

  4. suek says

    >>Cats treat their owners like their mother. Dogs treat their owners like their god.>>
     
    Y…I find that almost hysterically funny!  Note that I didn’t say _wrong_…!
     
    >>you know my shtick about there being something seriously wrong with a religion that shall remain nameless, to the extent that it views dogs as unclean.  We have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with dogs.>>
     
    Well…yes.  And I understand your position.  But as much as I agree with your basic position on that particular group – and you know I _do_ agree – I can’t really have the same position about their relationship with dogs.  You have to consider the culture, and the nature of dogs.  Without getting crude, there are things dogs eat and things dogs do in their natural state that are offensive to most civilized humans.  Dogs are just dogs.  And yes, they are slavishly devoted to their human as long as a human is their pack.  But if you are unable to feed dogs and therefore can’t make them a part of your family, then they are wild and their pack doesn’t include humans.  When you have wild dog packs, they’re dangerous – not cuddly.  They attack your livestock and compete with you for what’s edible – we’re both omnivores, after all – and the islamic countries are not, for the most part, lands of milk and honey.  And they’re just as likely to consider a human as a direct source of food as well – and a dog pack attack wouldn’t have much trouble taking down an unarmed human.
     
    There was a young coyote that was on our quiet street at about 11AM a couple of months ago.  He was probably this year’s litter – about 6 months old – and _skinny_.  He also looked as if he’d had a run in with a car but made it through with minimal damage…there was what appeared to be a tire track of abraded area on his upper flank-side – red and raw looking, about 4 inches wide by about 6 inches long.
    Have you ever seen a young coyote?   Check this out:
    http://cameratrapcodger.blogspot.com/2010/09/juvie-coyotes-of-chimineas.html
    Can you say _CUTE_??  I was _so_ tempted to do something for that poor coyote pup.  And if I had???  Tried, I mean.  I suspect not only would I have been unsuccessful, but would have come out in worse condition than _he_ was in!  Well…maybe except for the skinny part.  As it was, I just followed him in my car for a bit, watched him go down into the canyon and then wondered if he made it.  I’m guessing he didn’t – but you never know.  Nature makes sure only the tough ones survive

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