Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dogs Have Masters, Cats have servants. Do you agree?

Yesterday, while perusing the Pet aisle at Walmart, a sign above a shelf caught my eye. "Dog Training Aids and Supplies." I thought, "I wonder if..." then scanned the cat supplies across the aisle. Guess what. No "Cat Training  Aids and Supplies"sign in sight.

Does this strike you as funny? It did me. When has a cat submitted to training? Yeah, they are intelligent creatures, but...submissive? I pointed this sign out to others skimming the pet items. Soon, everyone was  laughing.

As an example, I have a year-old black cat we call Tux. Tux has a mind of his own. He usually gets what he wants, when he wants it. We also own two lab-mix dogs, Yipper and Riley. (Notice I didn't connect the word "Own" to the cat.) The golden lab, Riley, weighs in at 92 lbs.  Well, Riley claimed a certain rug I placed on the porch, months before we adopted Tux.

About a month ago, after I let Tux out, I heard a  noise. When I opened the door I found Tux, at a stance, in the center of the rug while Riley tried to close in to reclaim a piece of it. When Riley got too close, Tux hissed, swatted at him, then ran him at him.

Poor, sweet Riley. Tux intimidated him. Size had nothing to do with it. This 5-lb. ball of fur got his bluff in. This scuffle continued, while I laughed until tears ran down my face.  Finally, Riley gave up, walked to a far corner of the porch, and plopped down, sulking.

Today, all Tux has to do is walk out on the porch, sit down and give Riley the evil eye, to make him surrender his rug.

So, what do you think? Should there be a section for Cat Training Aids and Supplies? Maybe there's a reason Walmart doesn't have that sign displayed.

Ha! Go figure.  Cats Rule.

If you agree...or disagree, I'd love to hear your comments.