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Our battle, Dogs vs. Cats, makes mainstream media

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Flipping the channels the other day on the t.v., I came across an title that grabbed my attention, Dogs Vs. Cats.  It was Animal Planet.  Apparently they are also posing the question this month, Which is better?  They broke the show into rounds/ categories and pitted the animals against each other.

Here are the seven categories in which the fur fighters were challenged:

  1. Companionship
  2. Athleticism
  3. Cleanliness
  4. Intelligence
  5. Beauty
  6. Expense
  7. History

Now, as with anything on mainstream t.v. or primetime, I caution the viewer to beware of the clear slants and biases in some categories.  I recall in one challenge, they didn’t even try to get a dog to do it, clearly a producer favored cats in that segment.

Another note of caution, for my veterinary health advocates/ professional friends, if you want to watch, you might want to close your eyes when they offer a cat 30 pounds of tuna and a dog 30 pounds of bacon.  Can we say acute pancreatitis (among other things?!)

For pure educational value, I would have to rate this one a bit low.  The build up and attempt at drama for the show outweighed animal safety or a true representation of the species.  However, if you can forgive the horrible antics, the bias/ slanted producing and enjoy the show, it’s a great opportunity to laugh at how the other half lives with and loves their pets.  There are some great statistics about dogs and cats including a bit of history about each and their relationships with humans.

In a world with 600 million cats and 400 million dogs, which side will you choose?

Who lives in your home?


On the fence, Cats AND Dogs

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

This month we’re calling to vote; Cats vs. Dogs.  For some, the decision will be clear.  They have a preference so strong it tugs at their heart strings and is reflected in family photos.  But what about those that can see the benefits and value in each?  Are you a interspecies family?[lorella04.jpg]

The PBS program Nature has a beautiful, 50 minute presentation Why We Love Cats and Dogs.

This clip from the episode focuses on interspecies familes, those indulging in both sides of the furball.

Whether your walking the line, or firmly on one side or the other, there’s no denying the strength of the bond between humans and pets.

Cats vs. Dogs, The Great Debate continues…

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Let’s narrow this down to a lifestyle choice. When deciding to bring a pet into your life, there is first (usually,) the decision to make about what type of pet. What species is best for your lifestyle? Put aside that not all pet- parent are planned parenthoods, what factors go into choosing a pet type?

Pretend for moment that money isn’t an option. We’ll simplify it and only consider the time. How much time do you want from your pet? How much time to you want to invest in them?

To go to the extreme, it’s fair to say a Beta fish has different care-taking time requirements than a horse. But do horse owners want that time with their horses? Did they choose the horse because they ENJOY the time required to properly care for their equine friend? On the other hand, I have met many salt water fish enthusiast or the extreme fresh water fans that testify to the quality time together and swear the tank maintenance is a minor price to pay for what they get out of enjoying the fish.

Back to our debate. The debate between Cats and Dogs.  Which fits your lifestyle best and why?

Cats vs. Dogs, the Great Debate

July 5, 2010 2 comments

The Great Debate: Which are better, Cats or Dogs?

I guess the question should be further defined to really be answered, if there is an answer.  We’ll save that for another day.

We are constantly categorizing everything we see in our world.  Those categories are then usually prioritized or, to use a different term, judged.  When we catch ourselves, we can step back and embrace the human need to categorize but fight the need to rate or judge things against each other.  There is a real, scientific or otherwise very official reason we categorize, but what about the judging.  Is it inherent that we put ourselves above others?  Our ideas above others?

This might seem a little philosophical for the Cat vs. Dog discussion.  Would there even be a debate if the two were considered equal and not judged against one another?  Let’s set this aside for a bit and get to some differences in Cat vs. Dog companionship and see what we discover.  Just for fun, here are some fun facts about each, Dogs and Cats…

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