Dog People vs Cat People: What a Crock!

By the time I hit my early 20′s, the only grandparents I knew had passed away. I wish I had gotten to know them better, but, due to my parents’ divorce when I was young, it didn’t happen.

My aunt passed away last year. I wish I had gotten to know her better, too. I was just really getting into that process over email when she got sick. I stopped hearing from her, until one day my phone rang with her number on the caller ID. It wasn’t her, though. Instead it was someone telling me that my aunt had died.

Death and loss, however, is not what this post, is all about. What this is about is how fortunate I feel to have known people, even if it were for a short time, who were true ‘animal people’. I spent enough time with them to learn the lesson that I’m about to impart. Bear with me.

Both my grandmother and my aunt absolutely adored animals. They had cats. They had dogs. They loved them. They loved me enough to teach me this. End of story.

I’ve been playing with big house cats since I was a kid.

When I was a little girl growing up in the woods, there was none of this ‘cat people’ or ‘dog people’ stuff that I’m seeing more and more of in our increasingly specialized, species-specific world. The example put forth to me as a youngster, was simply a love of whatever creature(s) was (were) in the house. That’s one of the lessons from them that was passed on, to me.

The rules to loving creatures were at once wise and simple: If it is hungry, feed it. If it is dirty, wash it. If It is sick, make it well. If it is lonely, love it.

As we are taught, so we become. It so happens, that I was taught that to feed, make well, wash and love animals was very much a good thing to do. It also happens that part of my becoming, is being a part of a business that helps other people experience and understand love no matter the species. Granted, I didn’t start off that way, but, all businesses grow and evolve over time, mine is no different.

Perhaps it is not the most sophisticated marketing plan, to have and display a love and deep-ranging respect for cats, and dogs and for the people that love them, and in the process, become part of a larger international community of animal lovers. So be it.

The truth is, is that love and connection are not species-specific, and it takes a certain lack of thought to label someone as a ‘cat person’ or a ‘dog person’.

Connection, irregardless of cat breed or species or whatever the hell else, is no more a feline or canine construct than it is a human construct; due to technology, we all have the ability to share our experiences of love and connection, and help one another, no matter which species is involved, and that is a tremendous blessing.

I only wish my grandmother could have lived long enough to see it, and I wish my aunt had lived long enough to fully experience it.

Rest In Peace, Grace Ellen, & Grace Elizabeth.


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