Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm a sucker for dogs

Looking at these pups, how can you not love a dog?  Julia and I stopped at the grocery store this weekend and The Haven, a local, "no kill" animal shelter was having a pet adoption event in the parking lot. Julia had to steer me away because I'm just a sucker for dogs and we already have two dogs that came from another local shelter many years ago.  I've written about both Rags and Lizzie here before.

Yeah, yeah  . . . I know.  They shed, they pee and poop, and when they're puppies they chew your favorite pair of shoes or maybe a sofa cushion but they're so darn lovable at the same time.  Right now, one of mine has crawled up on the back of the sofa and is resting his head on my shoulder as I write this.  When I turn to look at him, he gives me a little lick on the cheek and I forgive and forget any inconvenience associated with him.  We tell our sons that if we had gotten the dogs first, we would have just skipped having kids.  That's not true, of course, but there's a lot to be said for dogs. I don't think it's any coincidence that God spelled backwards is d-o-g.  I'm not saying. . . ., I'm just saying  . . .

We have friends (mostly female friends) that prefer cats over dogs and Julia and I have owned a couple of cats, as well.  The first one was named Lovey (for Mrs. Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island) and was rescued from a dumpster and given to us.  The other one, named Rascal, just showed up at our house and established residence.  I'm not sure that we even had any "say" in the matter.  I've heard it said that to dogs, you're family but to cats, you're staff and I think that may be pretty much on target. I recently got a funny e-mail from a friend that included this quip:  "I like cats, too!  Why don't we exchange recipes?"  Although I thought it was funny, my "cat" friends would probably fail to see the humor in it. 

Are you a dog person or a cat person or neither and what do you think that says about you?

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