Gut Rumbles

May 19, 2006

the dog next door

Before Ron and his family left on vacation today, he said, "I've SEEN you feeding my dog before. He doesn't even BARK at you anymore."

I corrected Ron. I said, "That dog barks at EVERYBODY. He just doesn't bark HARD at ME anymore. And yeah, I'm guilty of feeding him steak-bones and such, because he's a pretty good dog. He gets lonely in that big back yard of yours, and sometimes he's glad to see me when nobody else is around. I'll take care of him while you're gone."

After they left on vacation today, I walked over and offered the dog some good food and fresh water. He liked THAT, so I sat down on the grass and petted him. I told him that I was his keeper for the next week or so, and he seemed happy with that idea, because he licked and slobbered all over my face.

Cats NEVER do that.


More dogs stories - it make you sound human. Which we know you aren't.

Posted by: mark on May 19, 2006 06:37 PM

No, but they'll sure give you nice up-close and personal look at their rear ends...

Posted by: TeaFizz on May 19, 2006 06:39 PM

They'll also tuck their head under your robe and put an ice cold nose on your butt, lift you on your tiptoes, and walk you across the floor. Cats don't do that.

Posted by: Tessa on May 19, 2006 08:29 PM

Why don't you get yourself a dog? It'd be nice company for you...

Posted by: Lisa on May 19, 2006 08:58 PM

Awww.....sounds like a sweet doggie.

Posted by: Evilicious Blonde on May 19, 2006 10:01 PM

Sounds pretty much like a standard dog, Rob. One of the few creatures on the face of the earth that is capable of giving unconditional love. I've had a dog most all my life, and I'll never be without one 'til the day I croak.

Posted by: Vulgorilla on May 19, 2006 10:08 PM

I like dogs too. They are truly man's best friend.

Posted by: Kevin on May 19, 2006 10:32 PM

Sure cats do that. They rub up against you and purr.

Posted by: Denny on May 19, 2006 10:54 PM

My big yellow tabby greets me every day when I come down the boat's companionway.

He leaps to the counter in the galley, and when i walk up to him, he stands up on hind feet, putting his paws up on my chest or shoulders.

And then he gives me a face wash, just like a dog.

After which, he leaps up to rest and ride on my shoulders and purr for a while.

Every. Single. Day.

He also comes when I whistle or call for him.

I can go on, but he's a pretty remarkable cat, and is on my lap right now, keeping me company while I type.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on May 19, 2006 11:07 PM

Dogs Rule.

Posted by: Maeve on May 19, 2006 11:08 PM just haven't met my cat Matata. She's a whore for anyone in pants.

She would come and lick your face just like that ol' dawg...AND she shits in a box.

Dogs NEVER do that...unless they're locked IN the box.

Posted by: Elisson on May 20, 2006 07:36 AM

I wouldn't want my cats tongue anywhere near my face. her breath smells like death.

Posted by: girl on May 20, 2006 09:51 AM

I honestly think my cats would change your mind, all three of them come when I call them (most the time) and give me kisses and rub thier faces on mine.
I have one cat who had to have part of his jaw removed, he'll need more surgery, till then he drools like nobodys business and isn't very well at the moment, yet he still jumps on my lap and lets me know he's thankful everyday. I love him and he loves me. Next week he goes in for more sugery, hopfully this time will do the trick.
I've had dogs all my life too, and i'd love another, just insn't in the cards.

Posted by: Treasa on May 20, 2006 01:07 PM

Remember: Dogs have owners, cats have staff...
And that if you slipped and fell in your kitchen, your dog would run next door to get help from your neighbor; your cat would wait for you to die and then eat you.

Posted by: emdfl on May 20, 2006 01:44 PM

Dogs ? Yes.
Worth the trouble to keep them alive ? Yes.
Unconditional Love ? Yes.
The only place you can buy unconditional love ? Your local dog pound.

My Lab mix is named Sally.
I am her total hero, and the focal point of her entire life.

Come to think of it, I could almost say the same for my girlfriend.
But, she is "two orders of magnitude higher maintenance". {:^)

Posted by: Dan Pursel on May 20, 2006 04:17 PM

Feed a dog and he'll be your friend for life. Not too dissimilar to me in that regard.

"AND she shits in a box."

I reckon I could teach a dog to shit in a box, but the problem isn't where they shit it's what they shit. Besides, you can actually teach dogs stuff, hows you like them apples? Try to teach a cat a trick and he'll look at you like you're a moron, and you will be, for having a gotdamn cat as a pet.

Posted by: Roy on May 21, 2006 09:20 PM

The sole advantage to cats in confined quarters is they can look after themselves for a few days ... and I taught mine to "sit" before she gets a kitty treat. Seeing as how we're not supposed to have pets at all ...

Posted by: maggot on May 22, 2006 11:13 AM

No question 'bout it, you can teach a (small) dog to shit in a box. We've got 2 Italian Greyhounds, both box-trained to the point that they hold it when you take 'em out for a walk. Little buggers are as close as Dogs come to being Cats physically, but emotionally they're 100% canine.

Posted by: marti on May 22, 2006 12:44 PM
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