Vive la Revolution! But I need my Prozac first.

Walter-10_profileHello, 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?

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Do you see what I mean???

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!]

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My brother Steve. Apparently, this is “cool” and “effortless.”

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…

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After the “Checkers Speech,” Nixon went on to become the President of the United States. Coincidence? I think not.

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.

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President Reagan with Rex [which is Latin for King in case you didn’t know that] on the left, and FDR with Fala on the right.

The Queen of England is known for her love of Corgis. queen-elizabeth-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!

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These photos are courtesy of www.kremlin.ru. Thank you President Putin!

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!

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Rin Tin Tin [left], Sergeant Stubby [middle], and rescue dog with FDNY fire fighter.

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.” purebreds+walter 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!

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One of Pavlov’s nameless mutts with a surgically implanted saliva catchment tube [left] and poor Laika, first animal in space [right]. Lucky her 😦

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. sarahmclachlan 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!

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38 thoughts on “Vive la Revolution! But I need my Prozac first.

  1. Oh Walter, even though cats seem to be top dog (sorry) among humans, they really can’t hold a candle to a dog in my opinion. Maybe dogs would be more highly regarded if you could convince your friends in the canine world to back off from the human face licking just seconds after licking their own butts…that might be a turn off for many humans, just sayin…

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  2. Walter, the internet lies to you. Dogs are much more loved than cats! It’s true! Don’t think otherwise. We are cute and cuddly. We can do trick. And did you know that certain dogs have jobs as therapy dogs? That’s right, we bring happiness to the humans who are feeling a little bit down! Maybe you can become one! Cheer up and thank you so much for the lovely post!

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    • Thank you, Sookie! I’ll have to research this therapy dog thing. My veterinarian once said I would make a good therapy dog, but I wonder if I need to get out of my own therapy before I can become a therapist?

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  3. Thanks Walter. It’s interesting that you think dogs get a raw deal when most ‘famous’ people parade their dogs rather than cats. Our last Australian Prime Minister was one of the few ‘top dogs’ to have a cat. Jasper. Sadly Jasper died in office in 2012. There was a 21 gun salute and the neighbourhood dogs went missing for a week.

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    • Oh, no! How awful for those poor missing dogs! Loud noises are SO scary!!! That’s one of the (many) reasons I wear a Thundershirt!

      My research did help me see that dogs get a fair amount of attention, too. Though, sadly, purebreds definitely have it better than us mutts when it comes to fame and fortune.

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  4. Walter, some of my best buds are woofies…..now granted this is only in the blogosphere that they are my friends because I am, after all, a cat who is mostly indoors oriented. My one and only experience even semi-close to a dog was when a stray dog (a BIG one) chased me around my own backyard and sent me up a tree for the first time in my short life (I was only 2 months old at the time) and barked like a maniac for 10 minutes until my Mom chased him off while Dad put the ladder up the tree and rescued me. Took me a while to get to appreciate the “enthusiasm” some dogs have BUT, I’m over that. We are all one big happy animal family and we should all stick together – right? Not chase each other with big fangs and sharp claws. You are adorable – and dogs are just as popular with humans as cats are……just depends on who you ask!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    • Thank you, Sammy. That’s very nice to hear coming from a cat! I’m sorry that big dog scared you so. But, since you’re being so kind, I must confess that I occasionally enjoy chasing Carol around the house.

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  5. Ah Walter, dogs are just as good as cats. Mutts are just a good as purebreds. I always say mutts are extra unique because they are mutts. I spoke with a lady whose dog is a mix of shepherd and hound (she’s not sure, she adopts rescues only). His front paws are shepherd and his back ones are hound. How cool is that? I’m always taken aback when people ask what kind of cat/s I have. It’s not a weird question, it’s the fact that I never think about it all my guys were/are strays except the 1st one Cutey – she came from North Shore Animal League. Belly rub to you Walt!

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  6. Walter, just because humans like to look at pictures of silly felines on the internet doesn’t mean that they love cats more than us. I, too, am a mutt, and proud of it. You should not feel that you are diminished in any way by your mixed heritage. 🙂

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  7. They sent a poor dog to space and let it die?!?!!?! OMD! I am going on strike. I’m not looking at the moon anymore! Don’t be sad about being a “mutt”. My mom says that mutts are the smartest and healthiest. Mya is the only purebred of the family and she has SO many health problems. Khia is a “mutt” like me and she is so smart and healthy. I’m not saying all purebreeds are sickly and dumb. I’m just saying that we’re pretty amazing.

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  8. Walter, you and Carol are both lovable. The proof is in the fact that you have been chosen. Don’t worry that someone else might prefer a different furbaby over you – that says something about them and is no reflection on you. Be happy in your own fur and know you are wonderful.

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  9. Reblogged this on As I see it and commented:
    ‘in the arms of the angel” the song, with the ASPCA commercials that reduces me to tears every time. I love my Spot and my old lady kitties Amber and May differently but equally like I do any other person I love.

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  10. Walter, this is nonsense. Who are these cat favoring communists?! You just come on over to our house and you’ll see who prefers cats vs. dogs. Bandit & Leroy are staunch supporters of the dogs rool, cats drool, but dogs also drool political party.

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    • That sounds great! I’d like to join that party. My moms say that they love us dogs, but then they say they love the cats, too. Seems to me they cancel each other out. Maybe I need to start a local chapter of the dogs rool, cats drool, but dogs also drool party here!

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  11. Walter,

    Always remember that your moms CHOSE you. They love you for who you are – not what anyone else (including your siblings) thinks you should or shouldn’t be.

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  12. Hi Walter! Kona the Baloney Head here,

    Thank you for this information! There are SO MANY dogs that have done Very Important Work. Heck, you don’t find coverage about the president’s cats, right? As far as rescue dogs, I am a “mutt” from a shelter (and proud of it!). Mommy says I was on “death row” when I got rescued.

    You can find lots of other rescue dogs that do ALL KINDS of very important service work! Check out some of the therapy dogs they use to help veterans recovering from PTSD. I don’t see any CATS being used for this! And I have also heard that purebreds have all kinds of heath issues – mutts are the healthiest dogs!

    So keep your chin up, my friend, and don’t let the kitty’s get you down.

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    • Thank you for the kinds words, Kona! I’m so glad your mom rescued you in time!!! What you say is all VERY interesting to me. Looks like I have more research to do. I love research! Thank you, again. It’s nice to have another friend! 😉

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  13. Dear Walter,

    So nice to meet you! As a purebred, and proud of it, I do want to set one thing straight. Lots of purebreds come from what’s called back yard breeders or pet stores who buy from irreputable breeders. They don’t care about improving the breed or even care about the dogs they have. They worship the almighty dollar. That is one big reason so many purebreds aren’t well. There is often a lot of inbreeding going on there, too. Now, some people are against a breeding program altogether. I understand there are way too many homeless dogs, so I won’t get into that debate. Just saying.

    I am happy you found a loving home, the same as I did, and would be proud to be called your friend. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Lexi! And thank you for sharing such helpful information. In doing my research I learned about good breeders and bad breeders and even breed-specific rescues. My sister Eggnog is a Yorkie-Poo that was rescued from one of those bad breeders.

      I think all of us dogs need to stick together and look out for one another. And I’m glad that now I have you to call friend!!

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  14. Greetings from across the Great Divide that is the Atlantic. Fine words, Walter – I invite you to be my Stateside Commander-in-Chief once the Revolution begins. Let me have your private number at some point, so that we can co-ordinate the offensive – oh – She Who Must Not Be Obeyed says we have to be careful (and paranoid), as all our communications are apparently monitored by the mysterious Powers That Be. We’ll have to dream up something else – carrier pigeons, perhaps? Toodle pip!

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    • Hello, Badger! I’m sorry for the terribly lengthy delay in my response. I’m afraid that between my sister, Carol, and my brother, Steve, I have little computer time for myself. Cats. So irritating.

      I would be honored to be your Stateside Commander-in-Chief. In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I’ve had trouble being taken seriously in my own household as the Pack Leader. And if you work out something with carrier pigeons, please give me advance notice as I have a tendency to chase away all the birds that dare trespass in my yard.

      In canine solidarity!!

      Walter

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