Thursday, March 21, 2013
WILATU #33 - Dogs
I have nothing against cat people, but I am not one. I have nothing against cats, but there are very few cats that don't seem to have something against me.
Dogs, on the other hand, must think I smell like bacon-wrapped duck liver. Dogs love me, and it is hard not to love them back. Especially when they try so damn hard.
Having a dog is little like having a permanent 8 year-old boy in your house. There's lots of running around, breaking things, toys lying around, getting things dirty, and denial of bad decisions. But also lots of love, loyalty, and devotion.
Cats strike me more like having a 15 year-old girl around. You have no idea what they are doing or why they are doing it. If you are smart, you don't want to know. They are demanding and entitled. If you try to show them love, they will probably hiss at you or run away. Unless they want something, in which case they are all purrs and sweetness. Cleanliness is not enough of an upside for me to want to deal with that.
When I was a little kid, having a dog was awesome. She was a friend who always wanted to play no matter what; and it didn't matter what game I wanted to play. She would follow me around, eat my scraps from under the table, and since I was the youngest with no claim to any couch real estate, I would lay on the floor to watch TV and she would be there with me. She would patrol the house at night checking on each of the kids as they went to sleep, then "reporting" back to my mom. As stated, I was the youngest, so I when all rounds were complete she would curl up at the foot of my bed (under my crib before that) and sleep there for the night. Also - she was as close as I was ever going to get to having my own Wookie.
I was about 10 when she died. She was about 13. I have led a life with my share of hard knocks and a little extra, but losing her was a rough one. There is an immeasurable amount of good that owning a dog will give you. Granted, you have to be the kind of person that is willing to make the necessary commitments, but the return on investment is staggering.