Saturday, 14 May 2016

Cats and Dogs.

I do not know how it happened but I seem to be having a load of requests to paint dogs. Now let me say that I have nothing against either dogs or painting them. On the contrary I have a great love of dogs. Painting them is never easy because each dog has something that the owner wants to see in the finished painting. It is not enough just to paint the animal there has to be something of the personality of the dog captured also. 

Dogs are like people they are all very different. I am not at all familiar with the traits of cats but I suspect they are very similar. After all what are those two animals? They are the greatest exploiters of the man species. What other animals to the same extent manage to get a warm bed and daily feeding and walks for loyalty in return? Very clever animals no more having to go out and fight and hunt for food it come provided out of a can or bag as and when required. 

Let me share with you two true and yet amusing stories about dogs.

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into a neighbours garden.
The neighbour could tell from his collar and well-fed tummy that he had a home and was well taken care of.
He calmly made himself known to the stranger, who gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed her into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and was let  out.
The next day he was back, greeted the neighbour in the garden, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.
This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious, the neighbour pinned a note to his collar,  "I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: "He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?" 

Now here was a dog who had learned that you can exploit more than one human at a time. 
The second one happened in the USA.
A guy has a talking dog. He brings it to a talent scout.
"This dog can speak English," he claims to the unimpressed agent.
"Okay, Sport," the guys says to the dog, "what’s on the top of a house?" "Roof!" the dog replies.
"Oh, come on..." the talent agent responds. "All dogs go ‘roof’."
"No, wait," the guy says. He asks the dog "what does sandpaper feel like?"
"Rough!" the dog answers.
The talent agent gives a condescending blank stare. He is losing his patience.
"No, hang on," the guy says. "This one will amaze you. "
He turns and asks the dog: "Who, in your opinion, was the greatest baseball player of all time?"
"Ruth!" goes the dog. And the talent scout, having seen enough, boots them out of his office onto the street.
And the dog turns to the guy and says  

And the dog turns to the guy and says "Maybe I shoulda said DiMaggio?" 

The strange thing is that what happens between dogs, cats and humans can also work between humans. Show some love and loyalty and the world is your oyster. 

Have a good day. 

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