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I’ve always loved animals—pretty much all animals. I’m not big on choosing favorites. Questions like ‘coffee or tea?’ ‘Wine or beer?’ leave me thinking, uh…yes? Please? All of the above? But I’d have to say that, overall, I’d always considered myself more of a cat person than a dog person. Just in a general sort of way, you understand. I had a dog and a lot of cats when I was a kid. My kids had a dog and a lot of cats when they were kids too. And I loved them all. My kids’ dog was scary smart sometimes. But, for all of that, cats just always seemed superior.
Think about it. If they’re not the most perfect land animal, I don’t know what is. And anything dogs can do, cats can do better. They climb higher. They jump farther. They’re more independent and they always land on their feet. In the documentary Life After People, it was made really, really clear that cats will do just fine without us. Dogs…not so much.
And then my son grew up and got a puppy. A pit bull, to be exact. To say I was less than thrilled is an understatement. I knew very little about the breed and what I did know—or thought I knew—wasn’t good. I had two cousins who were attacked by a dog they were boarding and one of them died as a result. I’ll give you three guesses what kind of dog that was.
Well, I argued, I worried, I made myself sick…and then I did what writers do. I picked up every book I could find on the breed and educated myself. Research: it’s not just for sex scenes any more.
The more I learned about this remarkable breed, the more impressed I became and the more heartbroken I was whenever I heard stories about all the torture and abuse these creatures must too often endure at the hands of humans. But it was getting to know one firsthand that really opened my eyes…and get to know one we did because only a few months into his puppy parenthood, my son’s living situation changed. He ended up in a “no pets” apartment and we ended up raising our grandpuppy.
Well, let’s be realistic here. He was our grandpuppy, once upon a time. He’s my dog now—much to my husband’s ongoing displeasure. He was kind of looking forward to being an empty-nester and that’s not happening any time soon now. I baby this dog so much more than I ever did our kids...mostly because he lets me.
Because, let’s face it. Once they’re out of the baby-stage, kids are a lot more like cats. They’ll climb higher and go farther than you ever thought they would. They’re very independent. They usually land on their feet—thank god. And, eventually, they’ll do just fine without you. Dogs, on the other hand? Yeah, still not so much.
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