Dear Dogs and Cats

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and they contain your food. The other dishes are mine and they contain my food. Placing a paw print on the food in the middle of my plate does not make it become your food and dish, nor do I find that paw print aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairs were not designed by NASCAR and they are not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object and tripping me doesn’t help any because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed! I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but a sarcastic attempt to annoy me.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you into the bathroom and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered.  Also, I have been using the bathroom for years and neither canine/feline attendance nor close animal companionship is required!

The proper order for kissing is as follows: Kiss me first and then go smell the other dog or cat’s butt. I cannot stress this strongly enough!

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


(1) They live here. You don’t!

(2) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it ‘fur’-niture.

(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

(4) To you, they are animals, to me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don’t speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less,
(2) don’t ask for money,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don’t smoke or drink,
(7) don’t want to wear your clothes,
(8) don’t have to buy the latest fashions,
(9) don’t need a gazillion dollars for college, and
(10) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children!

-author unknown

It’s a keeper. Happy. Happy!

In Memory of Buddy

His Ninth Life. Miss you, Bud.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    You lost me with the first half (locking us out of the bathroom is simply cruel when all we want is to love you), but won me over with the lists at the end. Well said!

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