Hello, I’m Carol’s brother, Walter. You probably know me already. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately and find myself getting a little down. Mostly I can’t figure out why it is that humans love cats so much more than dogs? Carol has a blog and humans actually read it. Have you really thought about that, dear human?!
Just a few internet searches and one quickly sees that cats are everywhere. An article in The Guardian says that cats are more popular because dogs “are trying too hard.” The article went on to say that dogs are “desperately trying to impress you – longing for your validation and approval,” whereas cats’ behavior is “cool, and effortless, and devoid of any concern about what you might think.”
Am I trying too hard? What will it take to get you to like me more than Carol?
Today when I saw my therapist, we discussed my “self-esteem issues,” which really just made me feel worse. Steve says only losers have self-esteem issues. [This coming from the love-lorn cat that made a vision board!]
Anyway, because I love to read and learn new things, my therapist suggested that I research important dogs in history to see the contributions canines have made to our world. She recommended I use Carol’s blog to report my findings. I started with Presidential dogs as there have been many. Nixon’s dog, Checkers [a Cocker Spaniel], is possibly one of the most famous because, knowing how much people love dogs, Nixon mentioned him in a speech when he was running for Vice President.
You humans seemed to love us once…
Many other U.S. Presidents have had dogs, too: FDR had a Scottish Terrier named Fala, the Reagans had a Cavalier King Charles called Rex, George W. Bush had Barney, a Scottish Terrier, Bill Clinton had a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Buddy, and President Obama has a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo.The Queen of England is known for her love of Corgis. And Vladmir Putin takes his dog Koni (Connie), a black Labrador Retriever, with him to staff meetings and even to meet world leaders. Wow!
Then there are all of the heroic dogs – the German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Collies, and more that responded during the 911 attack in New York City. Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd that was rescued during WWI and went on to become a famous actor. And Stubby was an American Pit Bull Terrier who participated in 17 WWI battles warning his unit of poison gas attacks, incoming artillery fire, and locating downed soldiers on the battlefield. Amazing!However, one thing struck me as I read about all of these incredible canines: None of them look like me. At all. They’re all what humans call “Purebred.” My moms say all of us dogs [and cats] here are “rescues” and I’ve heard other people call us “mutts.” Feeling worse than before, I told Carol about my research results. She said she’s not too fond of any dogs – purebred or otherwise – but suggested I narrow my research to find famous “mutts” in history. Carol’s pretty smart… for a cat! The results, however, weren’t so stellar. Pavlov, famous for his work in classical conditioning, used mutts in his experiments. He surgically implanted catchment tubes in their cheeks to measure their saliva output. How horrible! Laika, also a mutt, was the first animal to orbit Earth. Cool! But wait…. The Russians sent Laika up in Sputnik 2 knowing they didn’t have the technology to return her to Earth’s surface and that she would die in space. Noooo!
As I continued my research, I discovered that millions of mutts like me live in places called “shelters” with no moms or dads to throw them tennis balls or buy them chewies or take them on nightly walks. Carol tried to show me a horrifying commercial documenting their suffering but I made her turn it off! I used to enjoy Sarah McLachlan’s music, but now it’s forever ruined. Clearly more needs to be done. Terrifying commercials aren’t enough. We dogs have to stick together. These poor, mom-less and dad-less dogs need canine Freedom Fighters and I think we’re just the ones for the job! I’m going to talk to Eggnog and The General and see if they’re with me.
Of course, I don’t want all of these homeless dogs to live at my house. There’s already too much competition for attention [and chewies] here. But the world is a large place with plenty of space for everyone to LIVE FREE! I think I’ve found my mission. Vive la Canine Revolution!