Saturday, January 12, 2013

FELIUM ET CANUM

I'm back! And thanks are in order to Moira Waugh (who is working on a novel about me and my human friend Anthony Rover called SMALL WHITE DOG ) for writing my blog post last week; to all the staff at the Haines Road Animal Hospital and the Animal Emergency Clinic of St Petersburg for looking after me; and to all my friends for their kind messages and cards.

This week my theme is cats and dogs. While I was in hospital a fellow patient, a feline, asked me how I felt about cats. An interesting question and one that made me think hard. I don't dislike cats and while it's true that if I encounter one I have an urge to chase it, I'm unclear about what I'd do if I actually caught him or her. I certainly find them an odd species. They're loners who keep themselves to themselves and they're somewhat egocentric. Of course hunting alone means they don't have to share the catch but on the other hand, they can only pursue small prey that's not much more than a mouthful. Humans and dogs are pack animals and this makes us willing to cooperate with others and to be more loyal and caring. Plus we can catch larger meals for supper. My conclusion is that I'm prepared to rub along with cats but I find them an alien lot.

Thought for the Week for Cats
Try thinking about someone else for a change.
Song of the Week
My favourite song about aliens was written by Kara Square and I also like this version by my friend Timberman: ALIENS [Here]


This is me with my
antennae raised
for aliens.






10 comments:

  1. I'm a regular reader of your blog but this week it's deliberately misleading. You try to make out that humans and dogs are more 'caring and loyal' than cats because we're not pack animals. The truth is that animal behaviour, however it's packaged, is just a tool for survival. Canine and homo sapiens species are smarmy to each other because it might keep them alive longer. Cats look out for themselves and are self-reliant. We're more honest.

    Glad you're feeling better.

    P Pearl

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    1. Hello Ms P. Welcome! You are the first cat to comment on my blog and thank you for being a regular visitor.

      I agree that all animal behaviour began as strategies for survival, but don't you think that we've evolved beyond that stage and our feelings are now more genuine and altruistic?

      On the subject of self-reliance, may I ask if you live with a human?

      Best wishes

      Tony Russell

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    2. Yes, I do live with a human and I can see where this is heading. There's a cat flap. I can go independent any time I want.

      Have a chilled Sunday.

      P Pearl

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  2. Flattered you've chosen my Aliens song as song of the week and so glad you're back on track, Tony. Have a brilliant Sunday.

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    1. I'm a fan of your music, Mr T, and Aliens is a definite favourite.

      I hope you have a very happy Sunday. Maybe we could go for a long walk together when I'm next in Stockholm?

      Many licks

      Tony Russell

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    2. I still adore your version of this song. There's something incredibly flattering about hearing my words sung by someone else. And damn, your voice is so cool, calm, and collected (esp. given the subject matter).

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    3. Interesting that you describe cats as 'loners.' Both my (human) partner and I identify with this term (I'm sure our kitty friend, Murmur, does as well). We have this favorite saying... we love to be "together, alone." For example, we'll all be in the house, doing our own thing and content, but also very happy to know we're all in the house...

      Of course, your thoughts about dogs and humans being "more loyal and caring" is interesting, however, I must disagree. Cats (and cat-like humans) just express it differently. But then, you nailed it when you admitted finding us an alien lot. I do get that. I often feel that way about dogs, even when I like them.

      I LOVE your "antennae raised for aliens" photo. And thank you so much for sharing Timberman's amazing version of "Aliens." Perfect for this week's post.

      I'm so happy that you're recovering. We were worried sick.

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    4. I agree, of course, that Timberman's track is excellent. I also admire your version, Ms K:
      http://ccmixter.org/files/mindmapthat/32783

      Your admirer

      Tony Russell

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    5. Hi Kara

      Thanks for putting our case so well. Too many humans make the lazy mistake of labelling us as 'aloof'; we are more reserved in our judgement than dogs, that's all. When we befriend a human it's because we've taken time to think about that person and give love. Dogs are all over everyone in a second. A bit sad and desperate for attention, if you ask me!

      Okay, must go and curl up by the fire now.

      Thanks again.

      P Pearl

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    6. Thanks for your comments, Ms Kara and Ms P. I am really happy that my blog post has resulted in an interesting discussion. I want to be able to understand cats and other animals better.

      Warmest wishes

      Tony Russell

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