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Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Today I have a little bit of humor with a lesson about your outlook on life thrown in. Part of the being a better you philosophy, I have been covering recently.

Pet Diaries: Dog vs Cat

The Dog’s Diary:

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


Just checking on the Goldfish!

The Cat’s Diary:

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Jerks!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage. Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now.

So which are you? Living in the moment, enjoying the simple things in life. Getting out and doing things with your friends. Being a happy person who gets asked to join others in doing things. In your relationships do you feel like your being a friend and bringing joy and smiles to those around you, and  prefer to concentrate on making others happy?

Perhaps you are the type, that only wants to do what makes you happy. Anyone who does not agree with your view, is an enemy and needs to be re-educated or removed from your circle. In your relationships, do you feel trapped, or unappreciated, that no one makes you happy?

Although others can make us smile, laugh, feel good, they can not make us truly happy. Happiness is an attitude we need to have inside ourselves. When we do things to benefit all beings, not just ourselves, we will reap as we have planted. Here are a few quote’s from wise teachers on our thoughts and actions and happiness:

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. 14th Dalai Lama

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha

“Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves; it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour; it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones. It is a sin that is its own parent. It arises not from the condition, but from the mind. As we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab discontent in a palace.” – Matthew Henry

“You will not attain righteousness till you spend in charity of the things you love.” – The Qur’an, Chapter 3, verse 92.


No animals were harmed during the writing of this blog.

I like cats, I just prefer dogs.

Yes I chose the pictures to make my point.

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6 thoughts on “Are you a dog person or a cat person?

  1. Ahhh what a clever post. I prefer and relate more to the dog!

  2. try as i might, i can’t choose one over the other because i have both.

  3. That was hysterical. 🙂 I’ve had dogs and currently have cats. Love them both but you point out their differences PERFECTLY! I laughed out loud through the entire dog/cat section. And the rest of the post was beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • I have had both as well, however after watching the movie Cats and Dogs, I saw the joke in a new manner. One that represented the two outlooks on life, make others happy or make yourself happy.

  4. We are the cats of the Cat Chronicles and sneaked over to have a read. We think the remarks on the lower grade animals, such are dogs are very well put. They do everything a human says, we cats just take a message and might report back if we are in the mood. Not sure about that stuff from the Dalai Lama and Budda, although Mrs. Human seems to think a lot of them. No, for us cats, Nera, Tabby and Fluffy, there is only one religion. As our mighty leader Bast said in his chronicles written in the corn chambers of Egypt “I, me and myself”.

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