Cats and dogs

Anyone who shares their life with animals knows how easy it is to fall into the habit of anthropomorphising. To the extent that some of us write dog and cat blogs on behalf of our companion animals.

In a way, it’s a fun and creative way to write, and gives us chance for the most part to write humorously and post lots of cute pix.

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Author Kristen Heimerl has taken this one step further and produced a children’s book based on her three cats and an incident that happened one night when she and her cats noticed a suspicious looking character in their street.

I’ve spent years reading dog and cat blogs, so I was interested to see how this turned out. It’s aimed at young children, so the storyline is simple. We meet the three cats, their person Anna, and the tale is told from the perspective of ‘Inspector’ Dewey.

imageAs with all books for young children, it’s very visual, lavishly illustrated throughout. I found some of the drawings a little too stylised, to the extent that some of the cats looked like fat blobs. OK so one of them is meant to be big because he eats a lot, but still, I’d have liked them to have looked a bit more catlike! But that’s just a personal preference and overall the illustrations complemented the story well. My partner thought the artwork was very good. In terms of prose, perhaps the most original and striking use of words was Dewey’s engaging way of using alliterative fishy exclamations such as ‘Great grouper!’ ‘Miserable mullet’ and ‘Holy halibut’.

It would make a nice present for a young child, especially if there is one cat or more in the family. At $20 it’s not cheap – BUT – fifty per cent of the profits are going towards funding veterinary care for pets whose families are in need, so that they can stay with their families rather than go into a shelter. A commendable cause without a doubt.

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‘If you love a cat, you know they’re special.

‘Many studies have shown that pets offer significant benefits to people who love them, including improved heart health, reduced stress, decreased loneliness, and increased social interaction.

‘But caring for a cat—especially a sick one—can be overwhelming when money is tight. I know this because I had to help my cat during a time of transition. Lily needed surgery to help her live a normal cat life. I stressed and struggled to scrape together the funds. Since then, I’ve realized how many owners need a little financial help to return their pet to health.

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‘Sadly, during my volunteer work in shelters, I’ve seen a lot of owners leave their beloved companion behind because the financial burden became too big.

‘Our pets belong in their proper place: our home.

‘Seeing our pet suffer in poor health is distressing. Surrendering our lifelong companion to a shelter because we have fallen on tough times is truly disruptive—to us, our pets, and the shelter system.

‘Let’s unite and help struggling families stay together.’

Three Norwegians currently provides funding for preventive and acute medical cat care, but would like to extend to all pets if funding becomes available. It doesn’t include chronic ongoing medical conditions.

Here’s a Rafflecopter giveaway if anyone is interested.

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Dogs

And, a story about Pippa is due to be published shortly. ‘Misery’s Mishap’ (originally written as a guest post on Pippadogblog) is going to be included along with other animal tales, and subjects such as life, family, love & romance, faith, and even the odd, inadvertent run-in with some quite unsavoury fictional characters.

Caboodle is an upcoming collection of short stories, poetry and songs, by Kevin Cooper.

I’ll finish with a reference to Podencos though. I originally rejoined evil Facebook for a book review group I’m in. Then I discovered there were sites offering jobs in Gib, so I scour those daily to see if I can find work for Partner. After all, he’s more in demand than I am.

Inevitably I ended up looking at some Podenco groups. How many are there! Unbelievable. Podencos make up a huge proportion of dogs in rescue shelters, certainly in my part of the world.

There are many rescue groups trying to find Podencos homes in Northern Europe and even the USA. In Germany they were recognised as a distinctive breed earlier this year.

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They are often kept chained up, starved – Spanish logic thinks this makes them better hunting dogs – and the lucky ones end up in shelters, often emaciated and near death, after one or two seasons hunting. Not all the abused ones make it, despite the care from shelters, some are just too poorly. One was thrown out by a hunter who had thoughtfully chopped off its ears first. How sick are some people. Others are shot, drowned, thrown down dry wells, or hung from trees.

I’ll be the first to say Podencos are not for everyone. Snowy is probably the most affectionate dog I’ve ever had. He’s also the most demanding. When he wants to play ball, it is drop everything and play ball. If your legs aren’t in the right position on the bed, he’ll move them, so he can get comfortable curled up between them.

He eats at night, presumably to fuel himself for going hunting. But although he doesn’t eat his food during the day he Does. Want. Treats. This command polite Podenco request starts with a low rumbling growl, followed by full-on barking if treats don’t appear quickly enough. If he was a person he would live on smoked salmon and fillet steak. In fact if we weren’t vegetarian, he would be living on our smoked salmon and fillet steak, because person food is Podenco food.

Jumbones!

He asks to go out. Which means he stands at the door and glares accusingly.

He is an excellent guard dog. I’ve seen references to Pods being sight dogs, but most refer to their excellent senses in sight, hearing and scent. He can certainly hear Partner walking up the street, and senses cockroaches. He’s actually barked at the bathroom door and the sofa because he knows there’s one there. Not that he bothers killing them. That’s for Partner.

I’m pleased Podencos are finding homes and more people are becoming aware of this amazing breed. There will never be enough homes for rescue dogs. Spanish shelters are overflowing, despite the good nature of many Spaniards who do take them in, so Podencos are transported abroad, yet shelters in the UK, for example, also have plenty of dogs. There’s no easy solution. SOSPodencoRescue – for more info and pics – is one of many, many sites.

My message is the same. Please don’t buy dogs when there so many needing homes. Every dog you buy leaves, at best, a dog in a shelter, at worst, it could condemn one to death.

And here, is a beautifully short video of an incredible flying Ibizan Podenco.

Holy moly!! 🙀

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Cat photos and Kristen’s words courtesy of Three Norwegians website, book through iRead book tours.

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103 comments on “Cats and dogs

  1. Podencos seem to be dogs that think they’re cats. Although, to be fair, one cat I have thinks he’s a dog (he sometimes messes with shoes and he will play a cat version of fetch). Personally, I’ve never owned a dog, though one day I might get one.

    You’re very right about shelters. Not only does it rescue an animal that needs it, it also reduces demand for puppy mills. I call that a win-win.

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    • Snowy’s behaviour is very catlike. He’ll walk along the back of the sofa, walk all over me, lies like a cat, and actually mews sometimes if he wants something. He’s not unusual, seems to be pretty standard Pod behaviour.

      I’ve no idea if there are puppy mills in Spain (do they have kitty mills? never heard of any) although there are obviously breeders of pedigrees. Everyone I know gets their dogs given, or in our case, they come off the street.

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    • Or on the same lines, save, don’t spend.

      Not noticeably hugely different. One thing he doesn’t do is lie under the table in the flat where Pippa use to, he has found his own safe dens – under the bed, and between the chair and the sofa where the arms overlap providing a nice roof over him.

      Can’t work out if he knows he’s the only guard dog now so has more responsibility but he was always protective/guarding anyway, so doubt there is little difference there. Possibly more demanding for treats?

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  2. Great post, the book having some proceeds towards helping medical costs fo other feline’s is an excellent idea. I knew nothing about Podenco dogs, they are very beautiful, and by gum they can jump!

    “My message is the same. Please don’t buy dogs when there so many needing homes. Every dog you buy leaves, at best, a dog in a shelter, at worst, it could condemn one to death.” – 100% I’m always saying this to people who are insistent they want a specific breed of dog or cat, and are looking to buy one from a breeder. There are a myriad of breeds down the dogs home and cat sanctuary, and I defy them to walk through, past all those wee faces and leave without a four legged (or three for that matter), friend!

    I’m going to also paste the quote from you on the link at the bottom of the page to a posy on Snow’s Birthday, as it’s perfectly said –

    “To those of you who continue to buy the perfect pedigree pup or kitten. You are condemning some animals to a life in a shelter, or worse, to be killed at a shelter when their time is up, or hit on the head, drowned – or – hung from a tree.

    You don’t need to adopt a hyper, energetic, excitable Podenco, often the unwanted dogs are the older, quiet ones, just needing a home and some love in their later years. A bit like most of us. ”

    Snowy is as gorgeous as he is commanding *smiles*.

    – sonmi sat with her rescue furry terminator dog (16.5 years and counting) upon the Cloud.

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    • John (Zande)’s book is the same, he’s putting any proceeds towards shelters in Brazil.

      I knew nothing about Podencos either until we took baby Snowy at a few weeks to our vet Pedro, and he said, ‘Es Podenco puro y albino, muy raro’. Raro to him anyway as he’d never seen an albino one before. I got home and looked up Podencos in my trusty old Observer book of dogs, and found Portuguese ones and Ibizan ones but no Andaluces. But with the trusty internet one can find most things. Snowy’s smaller than that, his main trick is leaping onto the large three seater sofa and clearing it in one to the other arm. He used to do it in two, but has now perfected the single leap.

      I try and post my rescue massage no more than once a year as I know people can get sick of it apart from those who already rescue anyway. But I do find shelters very distressing when I can’t home more than one dog. When we got Prince, our GSD, two dogs ago, we visited two shelters. I was in tears round the second one. Too, too many unwanted dogs, some who had been there years, just getting old and unloved :( I’ve still got the image of an old boxer in a dark corner, knowing no-one wanted him, he’d been there so long, and they don’t have long lives, so he probably died there. Boo hoo. 😥

      That’s a good age for your old furry. I hope he keeps you warm on the cloud :)

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      • Good on John. It’s all so heartbreaking at times.

        “I hope he keeps you warm on the Cloud” – She sure does *laughs*, people often think she’s a male when they see her actually. To me, she’s got such a pretty face, it seems impossible that they can get it wrong. The beholder’s eye full of love methinks. *smiles*.

        – sonmi.u.t.C

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        • I was thinking about Pippa being a big furry male, who of course not just because of his name, but his gentle temperament was taken for female. Indeed, they are all beautiful in their own way. *smiles back, especially at beautiful ‘she’*

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  3. You might like this vid, and the Pods’ reaction to the result of our recent downpour after a very long, very hot, Summer. I love Pods and this left me with a big grin on my face!

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    • The power went off partway through to commemorate Gibraltar National Day for three and a half hours :D That’s great though, some of them are dancing! Amazing animals, so nimble and agile, it really shows how they love to play and have fun, thanks Totty.

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  4. Puppy mills exist here in Costa Rica, but public opinion is finally forcing animal protection agencies to act and there have been recent raids.
    When we lost our old dogs in the spring we said we would not go looking for any more…but then Leo was asked to take the two American Staffordshire pups and, thinking of some of the unpalatable alternative futures for them he took them. so here we again…

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    • American influence begets puppy mills? At least there is public opinion, and there has been action. That’s something.

      It’s hard losing old dogs. Hard losing any dogs really. And a shock getting bouncy lively pups too. I’m glad we’ve got the Snows though after Pippa died, it was bad enough anyway, but we haven’t been dogless for nearly 30 years.

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      • I’m not sure about the influence….but with affluence comes status and the ‘right’ dog is required. And what people will pay for the ‘right’ dog is beyond belief.

        Our other dogs accepted the pups and started training them…just as well, given their now near adult size and strength! Two very affectionate creatures, but, as you say a shock having pups again.

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        • Yes it’s a shame they don’t give the astronomical sum to a shelter and take a pure breed from a shelter. I fell out with someone over their insistence about buying from a breeder, because none of the dogs in the breed specific shelters were ‘quite right’.

          The idea was that Pippa would train Snowy and Snowy would learn from Pippa’s gentle temperament. Pippa snapped at Snowy if he got on his nerves (still got a tiny mark in his forehead), but otherwise the only thing Snows seemed to pick up was that, ‘Cats. Are. To. Chase.’ Can’t win ’em all.

          Actually, the cleaning up after puppy stage didn’t last long at all. Wouldn’t have been too good if I’d had a nine-to-five office job to go to getting up every two/three hours to take him out, but I didn’t. Sitting on the terrace with him at three or four am in Spanish summer was remarkably pleasant. It was a nice shock, well, it was in retrospect ;)

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  5. Cats beg to be written about. After two full cat books and one where the cat shares the lead, I still hadn’t got it out of my system and introduced a serval!
    Pods seem quite amazing, and I find it hard to believe that jump wasn’t faked. It is incredible! Their theme song, ‘Don’t fence me in’. Well, doing so would be an exercise in futility!

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    • Apart from cat owners, I thought it would be of interest to authors who write animal fiction too, so you came to mind there.

      Pods are amazing and full of surprises. Never encountered a breed like them. They also seem to be addictive as Facebook has photos of two, three, four, five and six Pod households! They must have big gardens and a lot of sofas.

      They are agile. I can believe it. Luckily Snowy curtails his flying leaps to the furniture not over the garden walls or gates.

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  6. Oh, I just love blogs like that. It’s nice to know I can then talk to them. I keep telling Simba to talk like them so I can understand him, but he is so stubborn. :lol:

    Adorable cats and stunning illustrations. I am sure every kid that loves animals will want to have a book like that. I hope she turns it into a 3D movie. I love 3D cartoon movies. :P

    We’ve had a few cats through the years, but since Simba arrived – zero. LOL! They are special for sure and yes, caring for any sick animal is overwhelming and it’s sad to see them suffer.

    I used to help out as well at shelters, but when I started working at the veterinarian, I gave it up. I couldn’t handle the heart-break at the shelter and at work.

    That is totally awesome! Congrats! I do hope we get to read it too. :D

    I still can’t believe that anyone can starve or chain up any dog, much less adorable Podenco’s like Snows. Some people really doesn’t deserve to breath the same air as these beautiful dogs.

    Mind you, most hunting dogs are like that. Very affectionate and yes, very demanding. I think Russel and Snowy would have an awesome time together – or give the two of us lots of work. hahahaha!

    He is just so adorable and I just love those ears! I can see those little teeth are as sharp as nails as well. :D

    hahahaha @ ‘glares accusingly’. More adorable!

    I am also pleased to hear that. People should be made more aware of these gorgeous furries and you’re so right. Adopt – don’t shop! is also one of my motto’s.

    Awesome video! So graceful and such powerful legs. They are really a great breed. Thanks for sharing Kate and ♥ Lots of Hugs and Kisses ♥ to you and Snowy. :D

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    • I set up a blog for Snowy ages ago as I didn’t want him taking over Pippa’s but then I didn’t write on either. In a spare moment I may resurrect Snowy’s Sitio.

      Cartoon films? :( mind you I did watch a film the other day. A found Skyfall so we had a fine afternoon/evening watching that. Hope he can find it again. Power went off here earlier and he lost Mission Impossible – he was gutted :D

      We’ve not had cats, Pippa the cat chasing monster wasn’t the best solution for a cat happy household, but I was sorely tempted by a stray our neighbours took in, beautiful dark brown Siamese, so elegant, and terribly cranky :D perfect fit here, and we were offered him too!

      I’ve never been up to volunteering at shelters, I’m just too emotional. I’d be walking round in tears all day, neither use nor ornament. We all help how we can and volunteers at shelters are invaluable. My neighbour volunteers and re homed two kittens. Now, that’s impressive.

      I think Russel and Snows would have a fine time. I guess they’d both play rough so they could sort it out between them. Or ‘Hey Russel, come and help me dig to Australia’ or ‘Let’s steal all the clothes, tea towels, oven cloths, shoes and take them into the garden to worry!’

      The ears are so distinctive. Fancy someone cutting them off, and the dog had been successful re homed and looked calm and happy. Bastards. Someone had written something very unpleasant in Spanish about the perpetrator. Quite right too. Yes, little teeth are quite sharp, but not nasty bitey sharp. He has perfected the accusing glare. ‘You know what I want, just stop arguing and do it.’

      The back legs are like any similar breed, really strong and muscly. They really power off them. Thanks Sonel.

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      • I would love to see that. Please do make that spare moment. :D

        Oh yes. I love watching them, especially the 3D ones. Haven’t seen Skyfall yet. Maybe because I am not crazy about Daniel Graig. In my opinion he doesn’t fit in the James Bond role.

        I loved Mission Impossible. Tom Cruise is a hunk and such a great actor. Love all his movies too. I would have been gutted as well. Sat here swearing for half an hour too. The power went off here as well this afternoon. Nearly 4 hours and then it came on and went off and on and off and well, be glad you didn’t hear me. :lol:

        I love Siamese cats too. Russel doesn’t like cats either, just like Snowy and Simba, so I don’t think we’ll ever adopt a cat. The landlord’s cat knows he must stay clear.

        Same here and I was. When I started at the veterinarian, I used to cry myself to sleep or worry about the overnight patients. When I used to volunteer at the shelters, I usually cried because I couldn’t bring them all home with me. :D

        That is impressive. Cats are not that easy to re-home.

        I think so too and what fun they would have! LOL!

        Whahahahah! I can already see the two of them doing that. hahahaha

        I love those ears and yes, they truly are. No hell, who would do something like that? I would cut off their hands and everything else!

        It’s the same with Russel. Sharp but when he plays, he gives those tender little bites. Too adorable.

        hahahaha! They’ve trained us so well, haven’t they?

        I can see there are lots of power in those legs. Makes me think of horses. :D

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      • Jean and I feel the same way about working at our local animal care centre. Mind you, of the nine dogs we have at home seven are ex-rescue dogs, along with four rescued cats and two rescued horses, so I guess we are doing our bit.

        Plus 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of my forthcoming book will be donated to that local care centre. I’m hoping to establish a Pharaoh fund to support those who struggle to pay vet bills.

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        • I think we all do what we can within our limitations. If I had loads of ground and loads of money … but I don’t. Nor am I tough enough to work at a shelter. But I don’t see buying my way out of it as a solution either by donating to rescues, what animals need are permanent homes, so when we can, we rehome. Each to our own.

          Do let me know pre pub and I’ll give you a shout. We can pick that up by email.

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    • All our dogs are the best though. And Russells are similar being hunting rabbiting dogs. In fact I don’t have a favourite breed, I just know more, inevitably about the ones we’ve had. I’m still a bid dog fan like GSDs, Huskies, Ridgebacks, but I love the elegance of hound dogs of any type, they are beautiful to watch in action.

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  7. Sounds like a nice gift book for a child.

    I’ve seen oodles of cat blogs, some even write in some kind of “cat language”. Some time ago, I wrote a post as a ‘Guest-blogger’ [McDuff]. Strangely enough, it became very easy to write as ‘somebody else’. That post could have gotten even longer than it was.

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    • I think it would be, but I’m unsure what age group it’s aimed at. Young is all I can work out!

      Yes, some of the cat and dog blogs do develop their own distinctive language. Sometimes it’s a bit tedious. Years ago, I spent far more time on Pippa’s blog than mine, over on blogger it was very popular. So I lost his dog community for the most part when I moved and ended up with a Roughseas following.

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  8. That jumper is HUGE! If I’d seen one of these dogs in the streets, I’d have assumed it was a greyhound, or something related to one. I am not aware of any Pods in this part of the world. The majority of dogs here these days are small breeds, with probably the second most common varieties being pit bulls and similar breeds. When I was a kid, we had more German Shepherds and Collies — but that was a long time ago, and I don’t remember the last time I saw one that was a pet.

    I love love love the plan to support those who can’t afford vet bills for their pets. My beastie has ongoing health issues that I am giving her pills for, but am not able to pay for a lot of investigative work. I am always aware, when dealing with my cat, that there are many parents “out there” who are in the same position with their kids. We do have relatively good health care here, but many parents aren’t able to feed and clothe their kids well, and I suspect the abortion rate is as high as it is partly because of the expense of children. (yes, that is a bit of a detour…)

    There is a facebook page I follow called Hope For Paws — and the owner of that page is a dog rescuer. He regularly posts videos and stories about the dogs he rescues, and includes tips on how to do this safely, as well as lots of encouragement re adopting a dog. He is in the Los Angeles area, and apparently there are a lot of dogs needing to be rescued. I have no idea whether there are as many in this part of the world, because I almost never see dogs out without an owner attached to a leash. But in the olden days we rescued (temporarily, thank God) a few dogs who had escaped from their owners.

    I think your Snowy sounds wonderful — but I have to say I am glad that you are the ones who get to deal with his idiosyncracies :)

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    • Pods are reputedly derived from North African (grey) hounds and bear a striking resemblance to the dogs depicted in Egyptian tombs, even to the Egyptian animal god Anubis.

      Snowy’s the smallest dog we’ve ever had, and yes, when I was a kid people had Dobermans, GSDs, collies, and we had boxers. Fashions huh?

      I think it’s a lovely idea too. So it’s only available to cats in America, but it’s a start, and better than nothing. I really hope it takes off.

      I’ve seen the Hope for Paws vids, he’s got a very high profile, and good luck to him.

      Snowy has settled upon his routine and knows what he wants. Who am I to say no if it’s not an issue? His body language and barking language are pretty clear :D I’m not really into authoritarianism for the sake of it, much easier to get along together.

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  9. I love when you write about your dogs/dog and now Snowy is number one. He is one lucky dog and I think you and partner are lucky as well to have him as your pet. He has grown into a handsome dude for sure. Hopefully your book will be available from Amazon or somebody or the other. Really enjoyed the video of that talented jumper. An incredible dog.

    ~yvonne

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    • Thanks Yvonne. Yup, Snowy is def No 1 now. In his opinion anyway. He’s been a real help since Pippa died. It’s a blog friend’s book, but he wrote about Pippa so that will feature as one of the dog and cat stories, among many others, in there.

      I loved the video too. Amazing judgement for that take-off and superb clearance.

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  10. Snowy and my dog Miles sound a lot alike: cute, sweet, and so so so demanding. It probably doesn’t help that I spoil Miles rotten, but he’s my baby so why not.

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  11. So glad that you’re publishing something about Pippa. Your Pod sounds a bit like our Pearli, who sometimes behave a bit like a dog – scratching at the door to come in. All my / our cats have been rescues. I really don’t “get” the pure bloodline thing. Moggies and mongrels have just as much, if not more character and are generally more robust.

    As for anthropomorphising, well, mea culpa!

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    • It’s a friend’s book, but he wrote something about Pippa for Pippa’s dogblog last year.

      I can see why people prefer certain breeds except we’ve taken what’s been available, and there are always plenty of lovely dogs and cats to home. And with dog breeding, don’t know about cats, ‘breeding’ has brought with it health problems, so as you say, chances are a mongrel will be less susceptible to pure breed specific problems.

      :)

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      • Ah, I see. I hope you will share it here? I do know about puppy mills – we have them here, too. And, I think that there are some problems with cats, e.g. Persians that develop nasal/respiratory problems.

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        • I’m sure when it’s published, he’ll let me write about it and include a few excerpts.

          I know the dog inbreeding problems get a lot of publicity but I couldn’t see how cats could avoid similar problems, but I don’t know anything about cat showing or what’s involved. I’m more up on dogs and stupid breed ‘standards’.

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  12. The G.O. and I both love cat and dog anything… I can tell when we have time to watch clips as the internet data allowance gets chewed up much quicker.
    Anything we can do to home and keep in homes cats, dogs, domestic animals in general is a good thing. Some can’t afford the upfront costs or vet bills but can afford the time and reasonable upkeep for an otherwise homeless animal. And vice versa. Far better money to apply the money to keep animals alive and homed. And no, don’t encourage retail pet therapy. Really I’d like to see it banned because regulated has far too many loopholes.
    Congratulations on having your story included in Caboodle… a lovely legacy for Pippa.

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    • I don’t watch that many vids, but if there are short ones that bring a smile, why not?

      I share Kristen’s view that people fall on hard times that can’t be anticipated and animal care is expensive, so is insurance, so it’s nice to see an effort being made to prevent animals and their people being split up if financial hardship and health problems occur.

      Thanks, yes, that is a nice thought :)

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  13. Somehow the cat portraits look a bit like smug Husky faces.
    That book is priced well for a good quality children’s book and adults will like the personalities and stylized illustrations – perfect for a gift book/holiday season. Got a real laugh over the fishy quips. I may just have to have this one for myself.
    I’m aslo glad Pippa will be published. Such a kind soul.
    That pod jump on the video is incredible. Those pups would be a real hit on the dog obstacle course trials here. (A lot of people do that for a hobby – or to give some dog lots of exercise and socialization. We consider it, but the local groups meet during mosquito season.)
    Snowy may be small, but he’s got the attitude.
    Paw waves. Rescued dogs are the best.

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    • LOL. Yes, Huskies do have smug faces. Even Pippa, though a cross like Molly’s malamute mix, had a smug look.

      I’m not up on pricing, although I do know children’s books are a big sector (read, the biggest) of the market.

      Perhaps you should buy it for RC?

      I’m discussing with the author about what sort of dedication as he’s suggested one. I’m thinking for all abandoned animals and the people who rescue them, but that’s early thoughts, and it’s his book in the end.

      Since I’ve joined the Pod groups I’m amazed at some of the agility. Saw one today where Pod leaps (standing start) onto a horse, and then goes for a ride. I’m not into agility for owner gratification, but I think for certain breeds it is stimulating and great exercise. I’m sure Little Snows would love it, although he’s created his own agility course in the flat. Perhaps I should encourage him with a little specific training rather than waiting for Crazy Ten Minutes to ensue.

      We reciprocate the paw waves. We even extend them to RC.

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      • The agility course groups apparently now are getting the snooty posture. Our neighbor who goes to get her 2 dogs exercise as they are home alone all day and they get crazy, said last spring her group was not allowed to participate in a big meet since they were mixed breeds (rescues) and other time the “official agility rule board” decided her dog Duncan could not officially compete for rankings/awards as he is handicapped now ( pit bulls tore off a leg) even though he had been a stellar competitor previously before the attack.She’s totally miffed.She loves Molly and is the one who keeps saying she’d love the agility courses. There’s a new one for scent hounds which she thinks Molly would excel at now – as well as the obstacles and running.
        WIth allt he rain, Molly and RC have also created obstacle courses in the house.
        Pod dogs are amazing. No doubt the breed has been in circus rings and been trick performers.
        (I for one am glad the last dog racing track has closed in this state. It was not too far away. The Greyhound rescue league was always very busy grabbing dogs. People don’t know the abuse those dog often live with and how they are quickly tossed aside if they don’t perform. Sickening. So yeah, that one done.)

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        • I worry about agility for two reasons, one, that you’ve suggested, going the way of snooty show dog ethos, and two, potential injuries. I read on a pod group about concerns from too much twisting (not really a pod thing) or impact injuries playing flyball. Surely agility should mirror what the breed is most used to or best used to doing? In Snowy’s case it’s flying on and off the furniture. I’m not sure that all purpose agility courses suit all dogs.

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          • I really don’t know much about the different types of agility here. You would think it would be breed specific. …Molly would be great at digging and wild dashes ending up crashing into things – especially people, or bump herding. I know our neighbor keeps hers in the “recreational” type. Apparently there’s serious competition and then there’s the recreation slackers/just for fun group. Kinda like girls’ gymnastics here. Molly just yawns if you try to throw something and play catch or fetch. Her idea of good tennis ball use is as a sleep aid as she dozes watching on TV while lying on couch. Like Snowy, she loves couch leaping and open fields…still working on that suspicious water at the beach…not getting near that still.

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          • Snows is a bit of all sorts. Sofa leaps, chase the ball and catch. Oh yes! Jump on person! Even better!

            But for all he is powerful and strong, I would hate to push him into something unsuitable :( hey, if sofa leaps and digging suit, that’s fine by me. Could do with a few less bruises, but I’ve always bruised easily.

            I guess I’m not really into ‘hey snows, tricks time’. I’d rather him just be happy and find his own amusement.

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    • Kristen hi, thanks for reading and commenting. I always appreciate it when an author stops by. I’m sorry I missed your schedule and didn’t get time to interview you, but I found the answers to my questions on your blog, and I particularly wanted to emphasise the financial help aspect as I think that is so admirable and wish you much success with that.

      I’d never heard of Podencos either before we homed one – without knowing what he was :D like most hounds, they are very elegant.

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  14. Not come across that breed before I met Snowy. Handsome boy. Dogs are, like children, inherent proof of the principle ‘horror vacui’ when they climb into your bed and fill all available space however small they are. And as with others I’m a whole hearted supporter of the adopt a dog (or cat) and don’t buy them (though now my son’s girlfriend is working at Battersea Dog’s and cat’s Home one day a week, we do come under pressure to adopt more, or at the very least foster!)

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    • I feel like the Podenco PR person. But basically, they are largely unknown outside Spain, but reading the UK groups and other Northern Europeans who gave adopted, they have totally captured hearts. Depends what you like I guess. Me, I like to give a dog a home.

      I’d be the classic failed foster, and although I thought I could never do it, I might consider it now. But I’d rather just rehome. In a way, I’d feel I’d let an animal down. I know fostering is a good halfway house, but I don’t like the idea of passing animals around when they need stability. Difficult world.

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