Everybody Does It

Animals are great equalizers, aren’t they? Anyone who has ever lived with a cat will know what it is to be humbled by a creature less than a foot tall. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have achieved in your life, if you don’t have his dinner ready on time, you ain’t worth nothin’. Most days, I am pretty sure my cat is happier when I am not around. I swear he sneers at me when I walk in the door.

“Oh, you came back… How quaint.”

For all he knows, I spent the day solving world peace. For all he cares, I may as well spend the day poking holes in the ground. He’ll leave hairballs at my bedside all the same.

Dogs often appear to be the exact opposite. It doesn’t matter how much you fail or if you are living homeless in your car, your dog will think you are the coolest thing ever. Last January when I was laid off from work, the very first friend I saw was my dog. She didn’t feel bad or sorry for me. She didn’t think I was a loser for being out of work. She thought it was awesome to have me home with her all day.

“It’s mid-morning and you’re still here? Woo hoo! Party time!”

Dogs are also willing to celebrate every success, no matter how small. Find a missing necklace? Yahoo! Finish a level in a video game? Let’s dance! Figure out how to add social media buttons to your website? Crack open the Champagne! ( What’s the canine equivalent? A can of cat food?)

Dogs don’t care how ridiculous you are or how high your social standing. They don’t care if you ever get that promotion or if you remain in the mail room. As long as you are up for throwing the ball just one more time, they will trot beside you with pride.

Of course, just because your dog thinks you are Queen of the Universe, it doesn’t mean you always get treated as such. You could have discovered the cure for cancer, but your dog will have no qualms vomitting on your shoes. Sports hero of the year or assistant to the head janitor, you may still find yourself expressing your dog’s anal glands.

After all, even the President of the United States of America has to pick up poop.

16 thoughts on “Everybody Does It

  1. Haha! Too true. Though you’ve yet to meet Tigress. She pretty much breaks most kitty stereotypes. Does she demand food, OR ELSE? Yes. But she’s also happy to see me when I come home (gasp). I was just thinking the other day about how I was planning to ship her up to you – do you remember that?

    And then there’s Emma, who will often only go out once in 24 hours when the weather’s nasty, so she doesn’t really qualify as ever-present-awesome-companion. On those days she’ll conveniently go completely deaf and fake sleeping until I give up calling her (not that it takes away from her lovliness. She is, of course, Best Snuggler On The Planet. Period.).

    Charlie, however, is the awesomest awesome ever invented. My little heart dog. Sigh, can you tell I’m in love?


  2. It’s such a coincidence that you posted this post today – I said literally the same thing to my husband last night. Our cat was going berserk around the house, runnning, bouncing off walls, crying, and making us laugh at his antics. I said, isn’t it amazing that no matter what your lot in life is, if you have a pet, you are experiencing similar things to millions of others who have a pet: rich, poor, happy, sad, single, big family….doesn’t matter. I love it.


  3. What a brilliant post!! You hit the nail on the head there.

    The LOTH says I always cheer her up when I’m so pleased to see her, or when I am excited when we’re going out. Even for a laid-back greyhound I get pretty excited sometimes.

    Love and licks, Winnie


  4. i’d write a longer more thoughful comment but Georgia is waiting for her brunch and for me to sun her bed and wash her towels. i’d better do it or she might get, you know, upset. it’s okay though. i know she loves me, especially at mealtimes.


  5. Yes, the President of the United States is very good with poop. 🙂 He talks poop a lot.

    And YOU are my hero that you can express your dog’s anal glands, I have to pay someone for that!

    Your post is so true, my dogs don’t care what I look like if I’m playing, walking or spending time with them. They make it easy to just ‘be.’


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