EDITION OF MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Our topics today include smart dogs, cats and the people who help them. We’ll be a tad scientific and then note a difference between humans and cats.
THE BIG BRAINY STUDY
So, a scientific project announces that dogs may be twice as smart as cats. I hardly know where to start with this.
First, our cats are offended. Smart enough to be offended. I believe they have a meeting after the first of the year with their team of attorneys to consider a cat class action suit. [That’s my cat, The Senator, sleeping on my desk -- my PoliticSpouse Martha explained he’d been up past 2 a.m. Washington time working on the tax bill. He’s a diligent public servant. Work at an appropriate pace, he says. His motto is "Keep your pants on." I made that part up.]
Second? No idea where to go from here. I’d ask the dogs how they feel, but they are busy doing what most of us harmfully-pressured humans aren’t smart enough to do: enjoying a nap. (Earl is left and Dudley the Angel is on the right.)
The cats we have were smart enough to gravitate to our house. The dogs we have -- they’re all wander up dogs or dumped dogs. And only one of them, Porche (right), actually figured out how to get through the gate on the front porch -- and she was after the twice daily, feral cat buffet. Yes, she’s a dog who is appetite-smart. The cats are lifestyle smart.
For example, dogs can’t help themselves when it comes to nodding off. Cats can sit and watch for hours. They make decisions. But, so do dogs. Both can be as determined as a research scientist in pursuit of a grant.
None of this is scientific -- it’s observational. Maybe you see dogs and cats another way. I see them all as being smart enough to love someone who loves them back. Lots of humans don’t have the brains it takes to do that.
And, of course, the headline of the study is “dogs may be twice as smart as cats” -- how smart is that? Our final question: How much smarter are dogs and cats than a great many of the people we see on the TV news? More on this study in CONTEMPLATIONS.
Our late intellectual companion, Inky, the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas, and our staff impersonator, once offered a bit of doggerel regarding the great minds of this planet. He calls this piece "Rainy Day Thinking."
To think about the brain requires
the brains to think about the brain;
Ultimately the answer arrives if you
have the brains to get out of the rain.
And that photo from our files is of Inky giving us his impression of a research scientist rushing pell mell into the Food For Thought Lounge and spotting a big steaming platter of Mom’s Rumination Meatloaf with Cogitation Gravy and a dessert of Apple Pie A La Muse with a scoop of Intuition Ice Cream.
IF YOU’VE GOT A BAKE SALE,
YOU NEED ‘A BAKE SALE LADY’
There’s the flyer for the TENTH Charity Bake Sale Benefiting In-Sync Exotics -- we got word of it from, as her note read, “the bake sale lady again!” That’s Corby Bryant, the Director of Accounting and Mineral Management at Venable Royalty, Ltd., and Venable Oil, Ltd.,LLP. The event, on Monday, December 11, is from 8 a.m. to “6 p.m. or sell-out, whichever comes first.” (Click on the flyer to make it larger.)
The sale is at Premier Place, 5910 N. Central Expressway -- Venable is a tenant and its employees take over the lobby annually for this great sale. And Venable Royalty will match the day’s sales “dollar for dollar.”
Keep in mind that these handmade items are priced mostly at $3 and $5 -- and there will be some “several special limited edition items.” According to the sale’s news release, the past nine bake sales have raised $191,000 for In-Sync Exotics and the goal for this one is to get past the $200,000 mark. In fact, they want to raise $30,000 this year. In-Sync Exotics in Wylie has more than 70 “unwanted, neglected and abused exotic cats.” The residents include tigers, lions, cheetahs,
lynx, bobcats, leopards, servals, ocelots and cougars -- and, exotic, but not feline, two lemurs. (That "housecat-looking" fellow on the left is an Ocelot. The cat with the very serious intellectual countenance is the philosophic Cheetah, Kodi.)
Oh, and about the items for sale, the news release includes this appetite-inspiring paragraph, “In addition to favorites from previous years, this year’s sale will again feature a selection of gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free items." You can buy handcrafted gifts and several special limited edition items.
For more info or to ask how you can help the Venable employees with this mission, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the assorted In-Sync Exotics, visit insyncexotics.org.
TWO FORT WORTH THINKERS
We got a copy of a note from Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com about the “great Fort Worth-based animal rescue,” West Side Animal League, that “can sure use some more volunteers, fosters and donations. WSAL is gearing up for it’s big holiday adoption event from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at the PetCo near Ridgmar Mall.
These are a couple of the animals available through WSAL. That dog with the thoughtful attitude is an adult Pittie named Mini, formerly a dog waiting for fate in a local shelter. That cat is Macy’s Silver, who wonders, “What kind of photographer waits until I’m deep in thought to take this picture?”
See the available animals on PetFinder HERE. Volunteer to help by emailing email@example.com
TWO DALLAS THINKERS
While scrolling through the adoptables at Dallas Animal Services, we ran across this photo of the Lop-Earhound, Claus, a German Shepherd-type whose name may be pronounced “Claws,” rather than “Clowse” -- after all, this is the Season of Miracles and it would be good to see that Claus (first name could be Santa) will be home for Christmas. He looks smart enough to attend a major university, don’t you think?
And, there’s a smart cat waiting for a home, too -- this guy is Thomas and when you adopt him, you may call him Tom Cat. Or you may not. He’s smart enough to let you know what he’ll answer, too.
See them both and many others at dallasanimalservices.org.
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, dogs and cats are always happy to let their people think that the humans are the brains of the outfit. Now and then, we get a glimpse of reality and know that we are not. We’re just the money.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: l read the National Geographic article about the scientific study that determined the number of neurons in the brains of dogs and cats. You think there was a way to do that without horrifying unpleasantness? Here’s the story LINK. Still looking for an answer to the question: “To create the ‘brain soup’ you needed to do this study, did you have to kill dogs and cats?” Here’s a LINK to the view from Vanderbilt University. ... Speaking of smart, have I mentioned this before? “Congressmen and powerful personalities apparently pull on their pants just like anybody else. How they take them off seems to be problem. ... Are you one of those individuals who roots for the bulls running in Pamplona and the bulls made to fight in rings? In the middle of last month, a bullfighter who was taunting a bull got a little too close to the action. It made news around the world, but in case you missed it, here’s the way the story was reported in England. If there was unsportsmanlike conduct, nobody threw a flag -- the bull threw the bullfighter.
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