Buddhists believe that on the day that the Buddha died, he summoned all animals to his side. Only members of 12 species — dogs among them — reached him before his death. He rewarded those who came with a year of their own, which is why the cat has no sign in the Chinese zodiac.
Do we love our dogs more than people? We have fallen in love with our furry babies! We have dog walkers, dog groomers, dog parks, and dog friendly hotels. We buy organic food, Halloween costumes, and Prozac for them!
Of course while I was raising my children I didn’t pay so much attention to the family pets. But now Yogi and Zoey are here for me. My house isn’t so lonely when they rush to the door to greet me. They follow my every move and shadow me constantly. Sometimes I just want to get up and grab something from across the room but they are “up and atom” right there with me even though it is only a few steps away!
Yogi Bear was adopted from a shelter when he was 16 weeks old. They said he was a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Boxer. He is now almost five. Zoey is a Bichon Frise that we acquired from my nephew when she was just a puppy. Zoey will be eight.
Even though this post isn’t about cats, I must include Caesar. He has been with us for over 18 years now!!!! He only tolerates the dogs…