As I was dragged into the street by my dog, I wondered why cats weren't more popular. Most of the people that I knew also owned a dog, and all of them seemed to hold an ancient grudge against cats. Dogs have been barking at me through fences for my entire life, while my cats at home waited for me patiently in my bed. Was the popularity contest rigged?
In my eyes, dogs have already been outranked by felines. The two species could be differentiated from one another quite easily. As this thought passed through the inner walls of my brain, dignity, practicality, and instinct came to mind. Responsible, dignified dog owners rarely passed our street. Actually, I'm almost certain that they never had. The most irresponsible owners usually appeared to be the ones who owned the little fuzzy doggies; obviously, not everyone learned that the small dogs had to be trained, just like the abnormally huge monster ones. Not too long ago, a one-eyed Pomeranian cutie got loose and ran away because it wasn't trained to obey basic commands such as sit, stay, come, or was just not trained to stay in the house unless given permission to do otherwise. Each of those possibilities were probably acts of irresponsibility on the owner's part. Despite the constant urge to smack dog owners upside the head and scream at them, I had always allowed for them to be dragged through life by their dogs: man's best friend. Yesterday, while in the backyard with my own dog, I noticed that one of my neighbours was doing the same. Her dog was on a leash (like mine was). I liked her until she drank a dose of stupid. She stood up, and commanded “Stay,” with an appropriate tone of voice and hand gesture. As soon as she was out of sight, the dog barked and strained on the leash relentlessly. Rather than correcting the dog and giving him/her a treat, she let it in. The sound of the women's not yet slapped face reverberated in my ears. Concluding that it was important for all dogs to be properly trained, I closed my eyes and stroked my Rhodesian Ridgeback. Unlike cats, dogs were domesticated from a species that relied on a pack that was then organized into a hierarchy based on the varying levels of dominance. If the human was unable to show dominance, and was consequently unable to fill the leadership role, then the dog would have had to fill it. Those dogs were often labelled as “bad” by many humans, simply because they had trouble accepting the fact that they had become the pet.
I never could understand why dogs were more popular than cats. Perhaps preferences were based on whatever people subconsciously wanted to be brainwashed by. Although nothing was wrong with either species, I had come to some other realization. I did not prefer cats over dogs; I preferred cat owners over dog owners.