When I was growing up, our family always had at least one dog and at least one cat at all times. Now, I consider myself a cat person, but I do love dogs too. So I was interested to read this from John Kaltz:
Psychologist Brian Hare of Harvard has also studied the human-animal bond and reports that dogs are astonishingly skilled at reading humans’ patterns of social behavior, especially behaviors related to food and care. They figure out our moods and what makes us happy, what moves us. Then they act accordingly, and we tell ourselves that they’re crazy about us.
“It appears that dogs have evolved specialized skills for reading human social and communicative behavior,” Hare concludes…
In other words, dogs obey our wishes; cats take a message and get back to us. Dogs have owners; cats have staff.
Note: The dog in the picture showed up to watch the Mystic Krewe of Mutts at the Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Baton Rouge on Sunday.