Puppy power!

Last updated 12:11 16/08/2012

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I am a cat person.

Even if I hadn't become a librarian (cat-appreciation being an occupational hazard), I would still have always been a cat person. True, a lot of that has to do with cats being the pets that we had growing up. Well, cats and the goldfish, but we don't talk about the fish, as they met an unfortunate end when our family moved house in 1979 on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year. By the time they got to the new house, they were rather more buoyant than they had been when they started their "house move of death".

In any event, the appeal of cats for me has always been their independence. I have respect for that. But for the past year and a half I've been living with a dog person. I'm tempted to say that he has an affinity for the canine set because he's smelly, drooly and loves meat but that would probably be unwise so I definitely won't say that.

In the past I've not only been a cat person, but I've been a cat person who is a bit scared of dogs. Apparently as a child I had an unfortunate experience with one of the neighbourhood dogs that baled me up against a house with its barking and snarling and general bad attitude and consequently it took many years for me to feel relaxed in one's presence.

But as I said, I now live with a "canine advocate" and over the past year and a half he's been trying to convert me from the righteous feline path. And it's kind of working.

Usually I feel threatened if I'm not the cutest one in the photoHis main method of enticement has been his mother's dog, a Lassie lookalike who's about as aggressive as rice pudding and has a fondness for fetching tennis balls and coating them in a disgusting slick of drool. Over time, I have become completely okay with not only touching said items but with throwing them about in parks and gardens, over and over and over again.

The Silver Fox's family dog is also an extremely good-looking animal and I have to admit that when we sometimes take her for walks (these walks being for the purpose of exercise, not dog brainwashing - heavens no!) the fact that at some point someone will stop us and compliment the attractiveness of the dog does please me. She's not even my dog. And even if she were, her resemblance to Lassie would have nothing to do with me. But it doesn't matter. I still like it.

But we really turned a corner this week when I discovered Puppy cam, to which I am now addicted. Puppy cam is exactly what you would expect. It's a live feed of some puppies. But not just ordinary pups. There are six golden retriever bundles of fluff - five girls and a boy - and they live in Maryland, USA. They are "service puppies" who will eventually become companions to disabled war veterans; until then they will be socialised by being petted by returned servicemen with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So they're not just heartwarming because they're cute. They're heartwarming because they're cute with a purpose. Awwwwhhhh.

I find that puppy cam helps me feel better when I am stressed, sort of like a livestreaming Prozac. There is no ailment that Puppy cam can't treat. It's like the massage pillow* of webcams. Cures sciatica! aches and pains! Stress! Bunions!

To be honest, I think I'll always be a cat person by nature but I'm just not so scared of dogs as I used to be and that's definitely a good thing. I still think they smell but I have come to appreciate how goshdarn cute they can be.

Have you ever made the switch from cat to dog person or vice versa? 

*Just trying to get the word "pillow" into every post this week for a lark.

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Greer   #1   12:20 pm Aug 16 2012

Oh. My. God.

Puppy cam.

Lucky#13   #2   12:27 pm Aug 16 2012

I am a convert. I never thought I would be. Dogs are smelly, and drooly (much like children, in my opinion). I got given a kitten as a surprise several years ago, which is named "Cat". About 2 years ago, after a series of robberies, and the neighbour's cat taking a leak in my house, nagging from husband about dogs being awesome, I caved and we got a dog. And she is beautiful and I love her. Other people's dogs are still smelly and drooly. But mine is perfect.

Anne   #3   12:33 pm Aug 16 2012

Puppy cam!! How am I possibly going to get any work done today??

(Also a cat person)

PB   #4   12:48 pm Aug 16 2012

I am a total cat person, always have been and always will be. I love their indepdent streak but also when they do choose to give you affection it's like a special treat as dogs seem to just want your attention all the time.

I am partial to a cute dog or puppy, I do like the idea of daily walkies but can't stand the drool or the smell of dog.

Missy   #5   12:55 pm Aug 16 2012

I was always a cat person till we got our dog. He looks like a black and white version of Silver Fox's family dog.

He is very popular too and loves to be told what a good looking boy he is. I haven't made the switch as such I am now a cat/dog person.

Queenie   #6   12:58 pm Aug 16 2012

Not sure puppy cam was very zen for me - I switched over when they looked like they were all dead and I had to watch for ages to assure myself there were signs of breathing...

Pippa   #7   01:06 pm Aug 16 2012

I am sitting in a computer lab at university struggling with a law essay due tomorrow lunchtime - but I have been led astray by puppy cam!! They are so cute when they are sleeping ( a bit like my children) I too am a cat person, we have 4 at the moment

gazza   #8   01:13 pm Aug 16 2012

I like both...but was only recently able to get a dog because before a few months ago we were flatting, its too hard to own a dog when flatting.

Now we have a 3 month old lab/staffy x puppy who is adorably cute...which helps offset that fact that it chews everything in sight and runs off with my shoes. I am starting to suspect the puppy is in fact part land-piranha.

Our two cats are not as fond of the puppy as we are, especially when it chases them around the house (in a puppy playful manner, not a I wanna eat you manner)...although they can hold their own when they get annoyed enough and then its the puppy who ends up being chased.

Pigeon   #9   01:14 pm Aug 16 2012

The puppies are sleeping at the mo. So I took my mouse and tried to poke them awake. For future reference, that doesn't work.

But now I am left wondering if I spend too much time at the computer?!

J   #10   01:14 pm Aug 16 2012

I Love Cats and Dogs! Like you, I like Cats because of their independence and (maybe just my cats growing up) the way they dictate when it's appropriate to have snuggles!! Love that they can be annoyed, snuggly, playful and completely uninterested.. But I love dogs because they just always seem to be there for me.. I grew up with dogs and cats and nothing beats the eternal love of a dog - that's why they call em mans best friend..

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