Let me begin this post by saying I am not anti-dog. I am sure dogs are wonderful creatures, underneath their barking, drooling, stinky exteriors. Really, you almost have to feel sorry for the poor things, when you consider all their undesirable attributes. Almost.
Personally I, Miss Cuddlywumps, do not feel sorry for dogs, for one very specific reason: Dogs chase cats. They cannot help it; chasing cats is just something dogs do, and they have been doing it for thousands of years. I have evidence.
Exhibit A: An ancient mud brick, 5,000 years old, excavated at a Harappan town called Chanhudaro near the Indus River in modern Pakistan. The brick has two pawprints preserved on its surface. The first print belongs to a cat, the second to a dog.
Interpretation of evidence: Five thousand years ago, a person formed a brick from mud and left it to dry in the sun. Before it dried, a cat running for its life dashed across the wet brick, leaving a pawprint. Moments later the vicious dog that was chasing the innocent cat also dashed across the wet brick, leaving its print over the cat’s.*
Conclusion: Dogs have been chasing cats forever. Thus, cats should not feel sorry for dogs.
(*She of Little Talent is in the corner muttering about how we cannot know for certain that the dog was in fact chasing the cat. Old SoLT foolishly suggests that the dog might have been following the cat on a pleasant stroll. You see the kind of nonsense I must put up with. Also, old SoLT wants me to tell you we found this evidence in John Bradshaw’s excellent book Cat Sense, which we recommend highly.)