Friday, June 3, 2016

Cats and Dogs Don't Mix

(A family pet story by Nell H.)

Dog and cats DO mix! This is Zoie snuggling up with Maggie.
Cats and dogs don’t mix?

Don’t believe it. They do mix, and very nicely.

Think about it:

A 35 pound brown/black/white Welsh Corgi mixed with a little this and that . . . (We’re not sure just what. We think she’s a breed all her own.) That’s Maggie, THE DOG!

Now add:

A 3 ½ pound Persian Tabby. Registered? Oh, yes. A real little princess. Long black/white fluff of fur. Big wide, gold eyes and a cute little nose. Looks as if she was hit in the face by a truck. That is Zoie, THE CAT.

Now how cute is that?

Who rules? Well, that’s a matter of opinion.

THE DOG learned all the tricks: Shake hands, roll over, play dead, toss a treat from her nose and catch it AND be a “pretty girl” when she really wants attention. But it is so hard for THE DOG to remember she is not allowed on the couch or to “stay” when company comes. THE DOG loves sleeping on Pop’s lap while he takes his afternoon nap. At bedtime, THE DOG will take her treat and march off to bed like a “pretty girl.”

However . . .

THE CAT doesn’t have to learn all those tricks. All she has to do is look up at us with those beautiful eyes and we forget about tricks. We just sit and hold her on our laps until she takes her nap, then we play with a special shake toy – until she sees THE DOG’s tail (her favorite plaything). At bedtime, THE CAT marches into the bedroom with us and picks her spot. It might be between us, beside us, or down at the bottom of the bed, as long as she can touch us anytime she feels like it. One night I woke up and she was on top of Pop’s head . . . like Davy Crockett’s coonskin hat with the tail hanging over the side . . .

Who rules??? I’m not sure!!!!

THE DOG Maggie. . . THE CAT Zoie . . . Hmmmmmmmm

Maggie on Pop's lap with Zoie nearby. Photo property MyCatSylvia.com
Maggie on Pop's lap with Zoie nearby. 

This family story was written by my mom, Nell, about her cat and dog, Zoie and Maggie. Originally published in my old blog, Pets for Real People, in 2007. Photos property of Nell H. and MyCatSylvia.com. 



16 comments:

  1. Susan, lol, what a couple of sweeties - they sure do mix, and who rules is the question that will be debated without answer til the end of time!

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    1. I wouldn't want it any other way, Barbara. It's all part of what makes pets so very special!

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. Zoie has a cat brother, Niko, now, who has his own set of quirks. :)

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  3. I never did believe dogs and cats don't get along. When I was a kid we always had both and they always got along. It all depends on what they are around when they are younger.

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    1. I absolutely agree. I've always heard the saying, "Fighting like cats and dogs." We've never had that problem, thankfully. Glad you didn't in your family, either!

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  4. I have recently added a cat to my family. That already includes two dogs. So far so far. I think they get along nicely.

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    1. So glad they get along well, Sandy! It seems once they've established a "who's in charge" order, things go just fine with cats and dogs together. Enjoy the new cat!

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  5. What lovely furbabies your family has, Susan, and how wonderful that they get along so well! I really enjoyed this story.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! Mom really misses her furbabies now that she's in her assisted living home. Fortunately, family members are taking good care of them for her. Glad you enjoyed Mom's story.

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  6. I never seriously considered which one rules before, but now that you point it out, cats do have an easier time of it. Makes me wonder why we let our cats sleep with us (as if we have a choice), but not our dogs. We have a no dogs allowed in the bed rule too. If you had ask me before, I would have said I was partial to dogs, but cats do get more of the preferred treatment. Poor puppies!!! btw, Maggie & Zoie are adorable together.

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    1. I hope I never have to pick a favorite! I love cats and dogs equally and it's always been best when we have at least one of each at the same time. I'm sure the pups don't mind when the cats get so much attention, Cynthia. Certainly dogs don't hold grudges! Glad you like our sweet Maggie and prissy little Zoie.

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  7. Our cat used to sleep between the paws of our Golden Retriever we had years ago. They were inseparable. Then a few years ago my brother & SIL got a rescue Boston Terrier, Abbi, to add to their cat collection which numbered 4. Abbi has grown up with the cats and we think SHE thinks she's a CAT!

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    1. Oh my, I can imagine that Abbi really does think she's a cat! What a privileged dog she is to grow up in such fine company!

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  8. The dog must be thinking how weird it is that the cat doesn't have to work for it's supper :) - so freaking cute

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    1. LOL You're probably right, Barbara!

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