As we head toward Election Day, this is my last opportunity to make a difference in how you view the world before Nov. 3. These are challenging times, but this week is a celebration of an important day. Oct. 29 is National Cat Day.
Please, if you’re a dog person, don’t stop reading. Many of us can and do love both. We each may have a story regarding our evolvement into a cat or a dog person.
When I was a teenager, our family had a pug named Yogi. Yogi and I had a bond. Growing up, we had cats around as well. I recall distinguished cat names such as Rubbish, Bert, Mamma Kitty, Twin Cities Kitty, Johnny, Alan Ladd, Cinderella, Lilac, Fats and Snipe.
As an adult (for the most part), my wife and I have had cats named Tyrone, Shadow and Reid. We currently have Maxwell and Mickey. We had a splendid dog named Duke.
It’s possible that you could take your cat, dog or even horse to the polling place, but you better check the rules first. At the very least, you’ll have to tie your horse up to a post outside the polling place.
Those of you who have already voted, you may have had a trusty dog or friendly cat at your side as you pondered America’s future. Your cat may have decided to lie down on the ballot for a bit. Humorist Terry Pratchett said, “In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
I recall my Aunt Velma feeding the barn cats on their farm in Kansas. She’d set down a big pan of milk with torn-up bread in it and give a holler. The cats, big and little, would trot and gallop en masse. Those cats had a job to do keeping rodent numbers down. They needed farm-fresh nourishment, and the result was they did their job well.
There are scientific findings (well, maybe not scientific per se) indicating dog and cat people are different in specific ways. This information could further polarize cat and dog lovers, but remember, we all have a right to choose, and these rights must not be infringed upon.
I’ve read a few articles regarding some of these differences. Cat people are more creative and more intelligent. I like this. Full disclosure here — I am a cat person.
People who own dogs are more sociable, rule-abiding, and, are you ready for this — may lean conservative. Cat owners may be more open-minded and tilt left. Might be a few disputes over that one.
Cat people prefer to keep things toned-down. I’m all in on this one. I’m never eager to make waves. Dog people have more active hobbies and enjoy running more than cat people. Of course, how can we run when we have a cat on our lap?
There is also a National Dog Day every Aug. 26. There are motives for National Cat or Dog Day. It’s a great time to adopt an animal, and these special days serve as a reminder to volunteer or donate to your local shelter. We got Maxwell and Mickey from the Rochester Paws and Claws in 2017.
At least 10 times a day, I hear my wife say, “Oh, look, isn’t that cute?” The cellphone camera comes out. Our grandkids can’t wait to come over to our place every week to visit our cats. One of my granddaughter’s favorite expressions is, “Oh, that’s adorable.”
Frenchman Jean Cocteau said, “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” My grandkids would agree. What can I say? I’m a cat person.
Loren Else lives in Rochester and also writes the Post Bulletin’s “Day in History” column. Send comments and column ideas to Loren at firstname.lastname@example.org.