Total Cat-itude

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 10.47.16 PMMy kids showed me this video. I am the parent who does not want a cat (I am a dog lover) and this video was somehow meant to sell me on the feline pet option.

As Miss Kitty said in “American Tale”: “I don’t want a tomcat, tough cat, or even a tough tabby, I just want – how do I say this? I just want a cat… who’s more like a dog.”

35 thoughts on “Total Cat-itude”

  1. This topic brought all the commenters together. There is no griping at each other and all are jovial about their love of animals. Reading the article here and the comments has made my day.

  2. Mr. Turley, we are doing a Legislative Simulation at my Political Sciences Class (we are “trying” to pass bill HR. 5759). I am playing you as a witness before the subcommittee on immigration and border security and committee of the judiciary. It has been great fun to do this extensive research on your opinions in regards to Immigration and Executive actions. So I usually do my rounds of research and I come here daily, but this article has been my favorite so far! As a cat lover myself, you should just listen to what your kids have to say! You will definitely not regret your decision. Thank you.

  3. Forgot, standard poodles are the calmest smart animal. All poodles are smart, but the standards are more gentle and loving. I notice you men like big dogs. Ours is a toy poodle. Toys poodles are smarter than humans, really! But she travels well. We had to have her ride in cars because of a vacation home 7 hours away. Now she always expects to be in the car when we leave.

    Actually,mthe re were some videos that people took to see what their dogs do when they aren’t there. They were upset all day! So don’t video animals when you aren’t there. It breaks your heart.

  4. I love both. I’m too scared of losing pets, my cats have been house cats. Outside with me. The ones in Pogo’s box are a special breed. Getting any pet from an authorized breeder is best. Rescue shelters always have kittens and can explain breeds, etc. My cat from a shelter lived to 20, though we discovered diabetes when 4. We gave him insulin shots every day for the rest of his life.

    There’s a breed called Munchkins. They are mostly bred in your area, also Maryland. They have shorter legs, like dachounds, cute as can be. They don’t get great big like some. There are cat breeds that don’t shed fur as badly as the one in the video. If I could hold a Munchkin it would go home with me.

    I had an outdoor cat long before the diabetic. She jumped on the hood of my car the minute I came home. Slept on the pillow above my head. That’s more like a dog.

    The nice thing about cats is they tell you when all is right in their world. They purr. I wish dogs did.

  5. Paul…vis a vis convincing Chows what is in their best interests….German Shepherds are the same, more or less, but usually less stubborn….except for the handler hard lines that are tough as nails. “Handler Hard” means they are a greater threat to the handler than anyone else….e.g., good luck with any compulsion. “Dera” is from a handler hard pedigree, but was the “Omega” of the lot and thus a pure joy to have around at all times. She’s 10 and has yet to stop instigating play whenever she can, with great persistence….and still has the power to take me to the ground if she chooses….which only means more play for her, big licks on the face and a look like…”gee, that as fun, etc.” She’s the most powerful older female I’ve ever handled and I love her like she was my own child. One noticeable feature of her is her conformation…not even one degree of slope to her topside, and hip muscles many GSD’s could only dream of themselves. Rare, beautiful, and my “little girl.”

    1. Aridog – when Chows decide they want to go somewhere, a choke collar means nothing to them. My first I got as a 6 week old puppy. She did not go for a walk as much as a drag. She would plant all four feet and refuse to budge. 🙂

  6. Nick Spinelli said…

    Ari, A guy a couple blocks away has a Mastiff.

    I seriously doubt it was a Neapolitan Mastiff (mostly black), more likely an English Mastiff, or Bull Mastiff (both brown, tan, or brindle), the big but very friendly beasts, good with kids, that have decades of generations that are not inbred. Bringing Neo to a bar would be nuts. The last one I dealt with was delightful with me, let me talk him up and down Michigan Ave here, and obeyed well….then he attacked his owner a few days later and the police had to rescue her from the monster’s jaws….160 stitches later she came back to work, and said she should have listened to me when I said buying one was a bad idea. She wanted a “city dog”…and I’d suggested a Staffordshire but it didn’t take…until the disaster….on her front porch no less.

    If you want a Neo, be prepared. A decade of experience with tough dogs is the minimum requirement. You WILL be hurt now and then…accept that. I do with handler hard GSD’s and have a clue how to handle them…but 150 lb plus giants, with jaws like Godzilla, no thanks. If not seriously inbred, they’d not even exist today…Julius Caesar did not maintain the lineage, thanks to Brutus.

    PS: All of our dogs, German Shepherds, have been “bar dogs” when I still went to bars. They figure out who is what and behave accordingly….that “aloofness” feature is a benefit. They stay away from those who fear them. Neo’s do not.

  7. He was actually a busboy. But, you could tell he was good w/ dogs, and had done this previously.

  8. Ari, A guy a couple blocks away has a Mastiff. Well trained. Here in California dogs are allowed in many bars and restaurants. They don’t need to be service dogs. It’s up to the establishment. This Mastiff is a bar dog! He comes in w/ the owner, roams around calmly. For the most part, people who brings their dogs into bars and restaurants are very responsible and only bring in ones that are good w/ other dogs and people. I had a laugh recently. We were in a restaurant that allows dogs. This was upscale, no bar dogs, all pedigree and foo foo for the most part. In wanders a street dog. There was panic! A doggie bouncer ushered the heathen out the door.

  9. Paul C. Schulte said …

    Aridog – if you want a challenge to your manhood, train a Chow.

    So I’ve been told, however the Chows of my acquaintance have been well trained. I’m told they can be stubborn as heck…e.g., training takes a lot of dedication and caution. The dog I’d never even try to handle is the newly re-established Neapolitan Mastiff. They are huge, and from a very small contrived gene pool….which makes me nervous. The ones I’ve been around can be very nice one minute (but slobbery to the extreme), but brook no compulsion what-so-ever, not even slight….not a dog for any amateur, or an old dude like me.

    1. Aridog – the thing about Chows is that they have to be convinced it is in their best interest to obey. 🙂

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