DOGS ARE DIFFERENT
A CONVERSATION WITH
and Barbara "BJ" Andrews, Dog Breeder, Cat Fancier, Horsewoman
It is HOW they are different that makes
the dog man's best friend, co-worker, and symbol of unwavering loyalty.
Here's my take but tell us what makes YOUR dog different.
Tell us about your dog below or on facebook but first, let’s understand that
people who cater to the whims and weirdness of a cat are not “owners.” They are indulgent caregivers, willing
servants, but owners? Never! Even the court system recognizes the difference. TV Judge Wapner holds dog owners responsible for anything a dog does
but cats have legal impunity.
Even with those highly trained TV
cats that seem to come running for food, several takes are necessary because,
well you know, cats are cats. I’ll bet trainers for cat food commercials
put a piece of raw chicken liver in the bottom of the cat food bowl…
are never quite domesticated whereas dogs are born that way.
A dog will follow you because you’re the pack leader and he respects
and loves you. A horse will follow you for the oats. I showed a little at halter but mostly did the
games. Barrel Racing, Keyhole, Polebending – the stuff where the only judge was
a stop watch. I loved the honesty of timed events and I loved my horses.
But did I ever have one
that would come when called unless I was holding the feed bucket? No.
In training horses I realized all those Walter Farley books were in fact works of fiction.
Shucks, I have a friend that trained a Brahma bull to be ridden under saddle. That doesn't mean he liked her. And like cats, horses
don't protect you.
Horses and mules settled the west and won WWI for us but not
a one went to war without a bit in its mouth.
So that settles that.
Let's get back to dogs. Dogs have comforted mankind both physically and
Here's the real test. Think about going out and your dog is
looking for his leash but is your horse thrilled when you hook to the trailer or
is he gone? Is your cat concerned when you are sick or is he meowing at the
empty food bowl? OK, that pretty much settles that.
wait, there is one more difference between dogs and any other domestic animal.
It is the dog's attachment to his human friends. He is willing to go into danger
with you (think dogs of war), to stick with you through pain, suffering, even
That is what we are to dogs. We are friends.
Of course we care about
our other animals but let's face it, they are incapable of loving us the way
dogs do. Only dogs want to be with us. No other animal really
prefers the company of man. Think about that because it is mind-blowing
The incredible emotional bond between man and dog is poignantly portrayed in this photo.
No earthly creature, not even your parents or your spouse, is as unselfishly
devoted to you as is your dog. It is in his
DNA to love you. And puleeeze, don’t tell me how we devolved them into children
and that’s why they are so dependent on humans. Who scripted those Animal
So, whatever your faith or beliefs, I think you'll agree, its as though
the Creator knew
that we were going to need one friend we could always count on and so He made a dog.
What do you believe? What makes
your dog special? Do you have a hero dog? Service dog? Does your dog
communicate on a level beyond human speech? Does your dog know when you
are coming home? Has your dog saved your family or protected your home?
You told us why your dog is different!
This comment session has been closed
but here as some of the best responses.
Donna Favor : I found this by
accident. Nice take, good information to make people appreciate each species but
why don't you guys put this on facebook?
Marvin Stevens : Just got
back from 2nd tour and a buddy sent me this page. The photograph is for real.
My wife got rid of my dog while I was gone but I
am looking for another dog. The wife I can live without! Nice site, good
reading, carry on folks.
Charlene Dunlap : When I was
a small child living on a ranch in southern Arizona, our family had a German
Shepherd Dog named Butch who saved my life on
three separate occasions. I was walking in the orchard along a grass-lined path
when Butch jumped against my chest knocking me to the ground. Not five feet
ahead on the path was a coiled rattlesnake. On another occasion, I was walking in a
cattle pasture when a bull charged. I could feel its breath on my back as I
frantically ran towards the fence some 30 feet distance. Butch ran in and
grabbed the bull by the nose pulling its head aside until I could dart under the
fence. The last occasion was in the winter and I was walking on ice covering a
frozen pond. Butch kept barking and circling, pushing me back toward the shore.
Just as my mother ran out and pulled me to safety, Butch fell through the ice.
(He made it out okay.) I will forever remember and be grateful to that one amazing German
Denise: People may think dogs don't reason but they do. My husband was walking with the dog through the woods and was amazed when he
observed him up ahead, sit and look around as if contemplating how he was going
to get around where a tree had fallen in the path. Our dog proceeded to grab at
a large branch with his mouth and move it from the path so he could saunter
through. Now if that's not thought provoking, I don't know what is. Some people
may tried to go around or climb over,
but not the dog :)
Delilah : I have always said
a dog is a special creation. I'm a cat person (my
behavior is leave me alone too, unless I ask for something) Anyway... something
I have found remarkable is no matter how badly they are treated,
a dog will still love you, you can put several of them together and they get
along (not counting boys when girls are in season!) but a cat... mistreat him
and he's gone. And once a cat
hates another cat they seem to hold that grudge forever but NOT a dog..
Stella Starr : I enjoyed this
and understand that this is a dog site but cats are different too <smile>
Andy Waller : Did a quick
read before work but I will be thinking about this today. I don't show and don't
know how this got in my email but had to laugh when I finished reading. Not
selling anything? You guys win, I gave my dog half of
my egg biscuit this morning.
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