Thursday, January 7, 2010

Question of the Day

According to a recent survey, dogs are much more popular than cats.

Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it’s not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.

Okay, here’s your chance to speak up for your choice:

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Do you have to even ask? I’ve never had a cat of my own, although I grew up in a house with them. They’re okay, and I understand the love a lot of people have for their cat(s). They have a rep for being aloof — “Feed me, adore me, get out of my way” — but I’ve known a lot of affectionate and occasionally goofy cats. They’re also low-maintenance. Dogs, on the other hand, are adoring, and even if they get cranky, they’re fun to play with; a dog would so easily fall for “pull my finger.” They can be high-maintenance; one of the reasons I’ve never had another after Sam — aside from the fact of who could replace him — is that I’m not home during the day. Dogs like to be in packs whereas a cat could care less: “Oh… it’s you.” So that’s why I am content to have wonderful memories of Sam, and Max and Snowball, the stuffed toys I got when I was a kid. Feed them a little cotton every now and then and they’re yours for life.