Thursday, April 03, 2008

We Also Have a Hampster

For the last few weeks I have been taking my kids to pet stores to look at dogs and cats every Saturday. Last Saturday we brought home a dog from Petsmart where the Lost Paws people hang out--don't tempt yourself! I knew it was just a matter of time before I gave in and got a dog. Because in my heart I am a dog person.

When I say "I am a dog person," I think of it as a compliment. And if you are a dog person you will too. If you aren't a dog person, however, it probably seems like a startling admission that I am dirty and whack. I know you think that because within the genre of "dog person" there are many levels. I'm around a level 6. At level 6 you still have a sense of how you are perceived by other humans. A full-on 10 is pretty far gone, if you ask me. When I say that I'm a dog person I think it means that I am compassionate and selfless and interesting and fun. But I happen to think that cat people are dirty and whack. And then there are people who are simply anti-pet all together--their hearts are black. (But their floors are clean!) That's just how it is.

It's the same for vegetarians, extroverts, health nuts, home bodies, drama people, news junkies, bloggers, and computer geeks. If you call yourself a computer geek, you actually think it's very cool. But to everyone else you really are just a geek. "Vegetarian" has very few negative connotations to a vegetarian. But to me it's short-hand for a person that I don't like. I guess this phenomenon grew out of polite society both as a way to brag in an acceptable manner, "Oh, I know. My voting is sooooo informed--I'm a total news junkie! I hate it!" And to insult people without them knowing, "Yeah, that Kacy--she's what you call a real dog person. . . if you know what I mean." I like it. It spares people's feelings for the most part while making health nuts think everyone admires them. It's what MBAs (if you know what I mean) call a "win/win situation," all the while thinking that we are jealous of them and their money instead of disdainful of their so-called "education" which us English Majors consider "lacking."

At any rate, I am the proud owner of a 2-year-old Sheltie named Ollie. He's housetrained, fetches, and heels like a dream! He fits in great with Ozzy, my other shelter-find. As much as we revere Ozzy, Christian and I both admitted to being embarrassed that people might think we are "cat people" because we have a cat. We are much happier now.
PS Ozzy and Ollie came with those names--it's a coincidence.
PPS I'm not worried about offending cat people because they would never read the blog of a dog person, and vice versa.
PPPS Remember, Martha Stewart has dogs (whatever that means).
PPPPS Please don't bring up our dogs from 2 years ago that we had to surrender for killing wildlife and biting neighbors. We don't like to talk about it! I never said being a dog person would be easy--I only said it would be worth it.


  1. Let's see, I'm a black hearted anti-pet person, homebody, married to an MBA person. And I am contemplating becoming a vegetarian.

    I guess that is the end of our friendship. I will miss you.

    Does Christian think the same way or can I still be friends with him?

  2. I'm a cat person who only hangs out with dog people. At their best, dog people are genuine and affectionate and accepting. But deep down we cat people find their need for affection and attention somewhat pathetic. ha ha. Let me just say, though, that I find other cat people completely boring. I like to think of myself as one of those funny, silly cats that you see on AFV all the time.

  3. I'd be a dog person if there were a gun to my head, but I just don't have TIME for pets! I'm too busy with my five children, and volunteering reading to the blind, and feeding the homeless. . . it's just how I am--I'm just always putting everyone before me! I hate to say it, but it's true!~ And, that's another thing about me, I'm just so honest. I mean I just always have to tell the truth--talk about annoying!

  4. I feel so much better now that you have a dog, especially after the failure of that last pair. I worried that perhaps, somehow, mysteriously, you and Christian had become dog people. As you know, I live with someone who is a dog person but doesn't know it. She thinks she has the black hear of a no pets person. But Ollie has brought clarity back into our lives. Besides, now I can visit a family dog occasionally.

  5. Okay, I said "I worried that somehow, mysteriously, you and Christian had become dog people." I meant "had become cat people." More proof that I really should read what I write before I hit "publish your comment."

  6. Just for the record, I have never referred to myself as a "drama person," because I know exactly what people will be thinking, and it's "she must be CRAAAAZY!"

  7. I can barely keep my children alive.

  8. So where is all this "MBA money"? We are still looking for it. Maybe my English Major-ness is counter-balancing his MBA-ness? (I really did Major in English, I know that last sentence might be cause for doubt.)

    PS I am totally a dog person, even though we do not currently own one.

  9. I rate myself an 8 on the dog scale. Not because I am almost removed from the human gene pool and want to join the dog family, but because I willingly let dogs lick my face and share my ice cream cones. I am also an 8 because the lower I am on the cat scale (-5) the higher I am on the dog scale. I despise cats because they despise me. In fact, they despise all humans. They don't like you. If you don't believe me, see if you can take your cat for a walk or see if it will defend your home if a burglar comes in. Hence the name, Scaredy-Cat.

    I don't hate vegetarians...but I do hate vegans. Not because they refuse to eat meat (That's just stupidity), but because they feel it necessary to try to convince me why I shouldn't like meat. Well guess what? I DO like meat, and your face is about to BE meat if you don't shut up.

    My comment could almost be it's own post. You are welcome to use it if you'd like.

  10. OUCH. I'm dirty and whack times 6! Can I still take photos of your kids? I did have a dog once who I loved like crazy. Does that help? Actually I'd say I'm an equal opportunity pets person... I've had a hedgehog, a salamander, a pirahna and even a hampster. However, Cats are still the ultimate pet :)))))

  11. Phoebe, I would have guessed you were a dog person--that's a compliment.

    Ammon: We're simpatico.

    And Jenna, I was thinking of you as I wrote this. Because you are a pet person in general I know you have a sense of humor about your cat person-ness.

    Some people, like Dede, really are dog people but they are afraid to admit it.

  12. You got a dog? How fun! Shouldn't this kind of stuff be posted on family websites (at least ours)? I think so ... or a phone call?

    Congratulations. I can't wait to see Ollie in person. What a handsome fella.

  13. All this dog/cat stuff got me thinking about maybe being a dog person. (I have a dog by the way, but that doesn't mean I'm a dog person.. It only means that my husband hates cats with a passion). I most definitely am not, as was proven to me by spending time with my mother who just came into town. She is the most extroverted labrador retriever of a person. She would lick people if she could. I even wrote a blog entry about it.

    See what colossal influence you have Kacy? (by the way, you don't know me. I found you through cjane, who I only know of because I work with Segullah. Never met her, though. Or you.)

  14. I'd say I am maybe a 6 or 7 on the dog person scale. Although I am not totally into our current dog...he's getting on my last nerve. Problem there is he is the only brother to our only boy...there would be a mutiny for sure if I decided to give him to a "better home".

    I agree with you about cats...where's the BB gun when you need one? (gasp!)

  15. This is not going to make it any easier for me to turn down Holden's constant requests for a Great Dane and a Beagle. He's already started plans for a special dog bunk bed. I can't wait to meet Ollie. Hazel will love him, and so will Holden.

  16. I don't even know how I came across your blog... click click click... but this post strikes chord. I am definately a dog person. 6 or 7 I would say. But.. my neighbor's cat had kittens not to long ago, and one keeps finding it's way onto my lap. As many times as I throw him/her out, he/she finds her way back in and nuzzles her way back onto my lap. I think there is some strange conspiracy by cat people to change us all over to their side. Or maybe by the cats themselves. Those kittens are just so darn cute.. even if they do make me sneeze. I can't stand cats. Unless they really like me. in that case i will tolerate them. But I will never own one. The sneezing thing. and the scratching thing. But this kitten...

    p.s... your blog is hilarious.

  17. I met a woman at my daughter's preschool who told me that she bought a dog the previous Saturday and then took it back after five hours.

    That's what I like to hear.

    (ps -- put me down for one of what Lisa's comment said. I can't help it!)


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