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Friday, August 2, 2013

The Cat-Dog, A New Breed

My brother Chris is seriously prejudice. Against catsThe boy mocks me mercilessly for being a crazy cat lady. (Even though I only have one and not fifty running around inside my house.) He also loves to tease my kids. One of his favorite forms of torture is to never call our cat by her real name: Princess Filamena Joy or Mena for the short version. No, Chris prefers calling her things like Princess Dingle-berry Turtle Head and then laughs when she comes running to it. He is relentless. He never tires of teasing us about how much we spoil and love her. I guess because sometimes little brothers, no matter how old they get, will never stop being total butt munches :)
 
Since the very first  day we rescued her and I brought this little kitty home, maybe  I have bragged about her incessantly. AND maybe nobody really cares about how many neat little tricks my cat can do and how loving and sweet and cute she is. This is the first cat I've ever had, after a lifetime of having dogs and I'll be the first to admit that I have become completely and utterly impressed with her. Mena is highly intelligent, super affectionate, attentive, playful, loving and so entertaining to watch.

This cat somehow managed to win over The Husband. Which is a dang miracle. Because he used to be as equally prejudice as my brother. I asked him what changed his opinion about her, and he said, "Well, I guess it's because she acts more like a dog." From then on, we started to joke around and refer to her as a new breed, a sort of hybrid mutant. We call her "The Cat-Dog". 
Which do you prefer cat or dogs? Why? Maybe you have mad love in your heart for both, like me. Or are you prejudice towards one or the other because of preconceived notions of what they are like?

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  1. I've always been a dog person, but I like cats as well. You have to admit, it's funny she answers to those goofy names.

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    1. Yeah, it is. The sad thing is, even though he is totally teasing her, she still desperately craves his attention. I don't think she'll be happy until she gets him to love her. Her strategy worked with The Husband, maybe, one day, it will work with Chris. Although, I'm not holding my breath...LOL

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  2. I'm a dog person and admit I'm totally prejudiced towards cats. So's my husband. He tells the kids he's allergic even though he's not just so it's out there that we are never ever getting one. So they don't even ask. ;)

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    1. Honestly, all I've ever had was dogs. This is my first cat and she is not at all what I expected. I think we hit the cat lotto or something, because she is amazing. The girls love the cat like crazy too, but they want our entire house to be full of pets. They are convinced we need a couple of dogs too. The breed they want is adorable but ginormous! (Italian Mastiff) I told them until they are all ready to clean up the ginormous doggie doo, they are beat. LOL

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  3. I'm like you. I always thought I was a dog person; we've always had a dog in the house as I was growing up, and the one cat we did have hated children, so hated me when we first got her. A few months ago we had to have our dog put down, and we couldn't face getting another one so my mum bought me a kitten. I was a little dubious, thinking I preferred dogs, but Misty has won my heart completely.
    So yes, I am a lover of both cats and dogs :)

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    1. Aw, Laura! I saw those pictures of Misty and she is straight up adorable. I'm glad she has helped ease the pain of your loss. I'm truly sorry about having to put your dog down. When we had to put our beloved Basset Hound down, my Dad vowed he would never get another dog. His heart just couldn't take it. It's been years and he's kept true to his word :(

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  4. Definitely a dog person. Totally prejudiced against cats, because we' be had a few devil cats. You know those that do ALL of the BAD cat things they can think up. When we lived on ranches I welcomed cats OUTSIDE. In the barn on patrol for those pesky rodents. To me cats are work animals.

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    1. LOL. I definitely know some of those "devil" cats. I think they project a bad image for the wonderful kitties, like mine. Over the years, we've had some truly awesome dogs and some really, really stupid ones. Adorable, but dumb as a stump. Maybe it's like people; we can't judge an animal or breed by some of the others we've encountered before!

      We actually rescued our cat from a farm. She was a total mess! Skinny as heck, had cat flu, fleas, goopy infected eyes, ear mites and worms (yuck). The vet didn't think she was going to make it. But in a few weeks I straightened her out and he couldn't believe how we turned her right around. Of course, now she doesn't set one paw outside our door, but she is healthy and well. Maybe she is grateful we took such care of her, I don't know, but I have to say that she is one of the biggest surprises and blessings I've ever had. She's that loving and sweet. Don't know what I'd do without her-I've become that attached.

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  5. I've always been a dog-person

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    1. I love all animals- dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, cows... I thought maybe I could get my brother to open his mind a little bit to other possibilities, but he will always remain a loyal dog person, no matter what.

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  6. Cat person all the way. My mother HATES cats. Your brother might not be a cat lover but you clearly love each other. Mena looks fantastic.

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    1. Oh my gosh yes! He and I are very close. We are always joking around and teasing each other. He loves to goad me and the kids.

      How do you deal with your mom hating your cats? I feel like cats got a bad rap- they're not all bad... Mena IS fantastic! She's is such a blessing. I always tell The Husband, "That cat is the only one in this house that doesn't drive me nuts or give me any trouble!" LOL. She's the best, so sweet and a total little love bug who just wants to be petted.

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  7. I'm not an animal person really, but we have a cat and a dog. They've both grown on me, but I wouldn't go out and proclaim I love all cats and dogs, they have to earn it. That sounds strange, doesn't it?

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    1. Not strange. That's how my husband is. He grew up with pets being strictly outside only. In my house, the animals were spoiled rotten and slept in the beds with us. He won't let the cat up on our bed, at all, but he has given in when it comes to the girls. (He didn't really have much of a chance keeping them apart, LOL) The cat always sleeps with one of the kids and takes turns between the three of them every night, so no one gets jealous! Ha. Seeing how sweet she is with them, turned him around a bit. :)

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  8. I'm a cat person, we've always had them around. Love your little kitty.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. She's a doll. Really one of the sweetest pets I've ever known (dogs included).

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  9. Yup, little brothers never grow up! *LOL* I'm a cat person, but unfortunately my husband is allergic to them. We might get a dog in the future, but we'd have to fence in the backyard first. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Funny how we still tease the crap out of each other, even though we are "grown" now. LOL

      I know what you mean! The girls want a couple of dogs too, but fencing the yard is a big issue-and a costly one. We have a couple of acres of property and the estimate to have it all fenced, was a fortune! We have to wait on that.

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  10. My lame brain can't figure out cats because they are complicated creatures. I'm a simple command type of gal like a dog, "Eat, play, pet and poop".

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    1. Normally I would agree with you there. But my cat is so much easier to figure out than my last dog. She is very simple. All she wants is love. And to eat. A lot. Hmmm, I wonder why we bonded so quickly?!!! LOL

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  11. I love both animals, for different reasons. The cat is adorable.

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    1. HI Susan! Thanks. I happen to think she's adorable too, but I'm a bit prejudiced as her kitty momma, ha. I'm glad to know another cat and dog person, like me. It doesn't have to be one or the other does it? At least that's what I keep trying to convince my brother. LOL

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  12. I'm definitely a cat person and one day hope to aspire to be a crazy cat lady. ;)

    Dogs are all right, though. A bit too drooly at times for me, but they can be cute and sweet.

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    1. LOL!! I always say if I won the lottery I would totally set up an animal rescue and I would definitely become a crazy pet lady, for sure.

      Oh, the drool! I had a Basset Hound that drooled like crazy. She shot these gross "slingers" of drool out of her mouth whenever she shook her head. It was disgusting! But I loved that disgusting little hound like crazy anyway. LOL

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  13. I am a cat owner. However, as of late, my cat has had to deal with a couple psycho chihuahua's. Overally though, she's been a good egg about it.

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    1. Chihuahua (I never know if I spell that right, LOL)are so high strung. My BFF had one when we were growing up and it would shake and get spooked so easy. It was much more delicate than my cat! I can't imagine having that mix in my house!

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  14. I'm a dog-person, but simply because dogs are all I've ever grown up with. I'm not prejudiced against cats, though--yours, for example, looks super-adorable to me!

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    1. Hi Heath! I like your new moniker. You are so talented.

      I love all animals in general. I find they are like people, you can't judge a whole group by just one. LOL

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  15. I have a cat that looks almost exactly like yours. Personally, I like both cats and dogs equally, but in all fairness my cat is a bit 'dog'-ish. She follows me around like a puppy, she comes when I call her (I've never had a cat do that - ever) and she never holds a grudge. Also, for being the smallest animal in the house, she definitely has dominance over all of the dogs.

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    1. Guess what I found out? If your cat looks like mine, and it acts like a dog, that is no coincidence. I learned that Pixie Bobs, (which is what my cat is mixed with) are bred and actually known for acting like dogs!! I couldn't believe it when a breeder told me that- But it definitely confirms my cat-dog theory!!

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