OK, I’ll admit it, right off the bat… I’ve never been a cat lover… but there seems to be a lot of cat lovers around the world because any time you open Facebook, someone’s bound to have posted a cat doing something… or nothing. Moreover, everyone puts his “like” under the photo. Why? What have cats ever done? They’re pretty snobby if you ask me! Now, a dog on the other hand is always thrilled to see you when you come home at any time, wagging his tail, and trotting around you. The snobby cat just sits there and glares at you from afar.
I’m a true dog lover: any size, any breed (although I usually steer clear of some of the more aggressive ones like pit bulls). Dogs are fun, you can train them, they take great care of kids, and play an important part in raising a child. For many children, the dog is the child’s first best friend and guardian. Nevertheless, why have cats taken the upper hand, or more exactly the upper paw, when it comes to posting pictures on Facebook? I simply flip past those posts because it’s very rare that a little fuzzy stuck-up cat’s going to draw my attention to it, even if it’s a video. Now, if it’s a dog, I’ll always check those posts out, because dogs have “emotions” that they share with you. They sometimes show guilt, look happy with blazing eyes, seem to question by perking up their ears and tilting their head, and wag their tails. They respond to people. A cat just looks at you, sneers somewhat, turns around, and haughtily walks off.
I only have I think two friends on my Facebook who post pictures of dogs. All the rest of my friends seem to repost cats of friends’ cats and their friends’ cats… and the whole thing goes into an unending cycle. This is complete discrimination! Dogs have earned their place in the world! They save people, search for explosives, find lost children, sniff out drugs, take down bad guys running from the police, guard people and premises, guide the blind… and will even bring you a nice cold beer from the fridge if you train him right! Have you ever seen a cat do ANY of that? Nor have I! So, why all the hype on cat pictures? It’s beyond me…
I seem to share Alf’s opinion. Remember the little fuzzy alien from Planet Melmac back in the 1980s, who stayed at the Tanners home and was always chasing down the cat, Lucky? Alf loved cats… he especially enjoyed them broiled, but never missed the chance to try and shove one into his mouth for a quick snack. In my opinion, that’s about all a cat is good for. There was one cat in my early childhood life that did play an important role… Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. That was about the only cat with any brains. He wouldn’t eat green eggs and ham. Any other cat would pounce on the opportunity.
9 July 2012