On the farm it was always a full time job for the dogs to scare the crap out of the cats.
What has happened to the natural order of things—-this used to be their job?
Routinely we see pictures posted on the internet of dogs sleeping with cats, eating with cats—-playing together in apparent denial of genetics.
How did these dogs get so pussy whipped?
Perhaps it is the chemicals in the puppy chow that keeps them numb and dumb. One used to be able to tell a real dog by the tags of scared flesh and missing hair around their noses—-proof that they had done battle with a cat that was doing their job—-and had a tattered ear to prove it. The cats themselves are equally out of sync with their natural state and no longer seem to remember that “DOG” is the enemy.
Just think of all the exercise dogs and cats used to get in their natural state. Chasing and being chased, all around the neighborhood, made dogs and cats sleep with purpose and satisfaction—-now they sleep out of boredom and depression (of course there is pet psychiatry for that). As a result they take on the proportions of the teenagers they live with—-as the teenagers lay about eating Twinkies (or whatever they have been replaced with) and texting while watching TV.
I got thinking about this the other day at an inspection. Apparently, in at least one household, there is a dog that remembers!
Check out the “gate” in this doorway. It is designed to be high enough—-and the bars close enough together—-that the dog would not be able to get to the safe haven for the cats inside the room.
Note the little opening for the cat that the dog would not be able to get through. Can’t you just see all the cats thumbing their paws at the dog from the safe haven of their little beds?
Looks like the thrill of the chase is still alive and well in this home—-if somewhat thwarted by the sentimentality of the gate.
The loss of the “good old days” runs deep and the howl of the hounds can be heard in the night.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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