How does an unapologetic cat loving, dog hating person go to...you know, the "other side"? I'm not saying that I suddenly hate cats or anything, but they can seem like an inconvenience when you're doing the yard routine at 6:30 a.m. before heading out for an early appointment only to find a feline with attitude on the fence.
In the midst of all the current turmoil -- global and personal -- I've been wondering if at some point in my dotage I might decide to pursue a career as a dog walker/sitter or pursue it as a supplemental career in this new economy. In theory I still don't like yappy, slurpy or needy dogs. However, certain breeds that are canines yet not "dogs" are really calling out to me. Greyhounds, Italian greyhounds, basenjis (duh), whippets, and shiba inus are all on the top of my list.
Joy of Manhattan posted this "shameless" video this week, and I in turn have felt compelled to post this video of a shiba (that can be linked but not embedded) responding to a "roll over" command by mocking and repeating it instead of responding to it. For some reason it warms my heart deeply in these weird, uneasy times. I love canines with weird but sweet yet yearning voices but am unnerved by white fluffy dogs with shrill, yappy, needy, self-absorbed and clueless barks.
In theory, I'm not fond of huskies and the like but the video above tears me up after repeated viewings. Why canines and why now? Is it all about CHANGE and the Obama puppy?
At the same time, I really miss felines and have been watching Nora the piano playing cat in repeated viewings as well.
Speaking of Shiba Inus, here are some names that I feel should be pursued as drag names:
* Shiba Inu
* Boca Rotan
* Vista Point
* Chrissy Field
Aninbus and Basenji, however, sound like metal thrasher bands to me.
In the meantime I am not sure what has teared me up more this week -- people who innocently ask, "I haven't seen Guru in a while, how's that sweet boy doing?" or the messages I keep getting from Michigan saying that Miss Bow is overcome with joy to know she's leaving behind the cold Upper Midwest winters for sunny California with what she hopes will be her new daddy. The name Bow is really growing on me as in red haired Clara Bow, the eternal IT Girl.