“There ain’t no companion like…”

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catsanddogs

 

 

While there is more than a little bitterness in the tone of the respondent’s words, I believe her to have a rather solid, accurate picture of the reality I postulated in the previous post.

 

To be clear, this is not to say she has no reason to be bitter.

 

I don’t know her or her situation.

 

My purpose, at this moment, is to point out that male/female-cat/dog is not “good one/bad one”.

 

 

 

Like their counterpart animals, the issue isn’t the nature of them that makes them troublesome or dangerous (simply ask Jackson Galaxy or Cesar Millan) .

 

It’s all (and – barring rare animal brain-maladies – I do mean ALL) in how those that bring the animal in question into their homes and communicate with them.

 

If one’s commands aren’t clear, they won’t be followed.

 

If one’s expectations don’t align with the animals’ well-documented qualities, strengths and weaknesses, then one is in for nothing more than frustration capped with disappointment.

 

If one fails – or refuses – to learn effective means to communicate and necessary maintenance procedures, then one will quickly be without a companion and – instead – have an adversary in one’s living room.

 

 

 

Lastly, it’s best to start off asking the question:

 

“Am I able to keep up the end of this bargain I’ll be entering?”

 

Taking on responsibilities one is completely unprepared to meet (regardless of reason) will make the above tasks exponentially more difficult.

 

Don’t have a cat if you’re allergic to them.

 

Don’t have a dog if you live in a tiny, city apartment.

 

And, most of all, don’t get involved with someone without expecting the level of work it will take to make it worthwhile.

 

 

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8 Responses to ““There ain’t no companion like…””

  1. A♠,

    ‘Women are the true dogs, LOYAL TO THOSE WHO WOULD KICK US AROUND THE ROOM- ‘

    She’s complaining about the treatment but she ain’t going anywhere.
    Not the first woman to be addicted to adopting rescue animals … and utterly unqualified for the task. (But as we also know well, she’s getting something out of the experience or he’d be history.)

    Not for nothing does Cesar Milan spend as much time training the owners as he does the dogs.

    ‘And, most of all, don’t get involved with someone without expecting the level of work it will take to make it worthwhile.’

    Especially when we’re young, we think we can pay any price, bear any burden and game out any situation. We’ll have this man/woman/mountain lion/pit bull sorted out in no time!

  2. A lot of the crazy girl issue could be more simply put by saying the cost of maintenance is impossibly high while the benefits only seem commensurate until they don’t.

    A lot of heartbreak could be prevented if both men and women tried not to get involved with others whom they’d not date long term.

    Wald

    • Wald,

      The image that comes to mind is:

      A lifesize statue of the perfect woman. The kind of proportions that make them shimmer in our eyes.

      Coated in a flawless chrome finish.

      The closer you get to her, the more you see your own reflection in her ‘surfaces’. It’s like you’re looking at the mirror image of yourself, getting closer and closer … until …

      You’re flat on your butt, dazed, with blood gushing out of your nose.

      She is what she was all along. You just saw what you wanted to see in her. Until you collided with the reality.

      That’s what these guys are doing. We’ve all been there. As our friendly host said once: the moth does not choose to love the flame.

    • Bring a crazy girl under your roof is comparable to getting a dog that bites and pisses on your rug or a cat that refuses to stop scratching up the furniture and brings dead vermin to hide just because.

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