Bitch on the Blog

September 14, 2016


Filed under: Animals,manners,Wildlife — bitchontheblog @ 15:39
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Cheerful Monk aka Jean posted a cartoon on rescue dogs. Since I can’t leave an answer there (I did alert Jean that her new fire wall is the Cerberus of all gatekeepers) I’ll leave my comment here instead:

“Every time a dog wags its tail what I, first and foremost, feel is their sense of anticipation, a dog’s hope. That’s why it’s hard, almost impossible, to disappoint a dog.”




  1. The hope of the dog melts my heart.

    Comment by Scarlet — September 15, 2016 @ 11:48 | Reply

    • That’s sweet of you, Scarlet.

      It [the melting of heart] is why I prefer cats (which is not the same as saying I don’t like dogs. I do.)

      However, whether human or animal I find the pleading look difficult to deal with. Cats don’t do that. They plonk themselves in front of you, worst case scenario they purr, they look at you. Then they shrug a shoulder and slink off to do what cats do. No hard feelings. Don’t say I am not inclined to take the easy way out.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — September 15, 2016 @ 13:05 | Reply

  2. I love dogs but couldn’t handle one because I’m a sucker for soulful looks. It wouldn’t be good for either one of us. 🙂

    Comment by cheerfulmonk — September 17, 2016 @ 21:16 | Reply

    • I don’t know, Jean. It might be good for both of you. But yes, the soulful look. I haven’t experienced this (yet) but apparently you can actually hate someone/thing for giving you “that” look.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — September 24, 2016 @ 11:27 | Reply

  3. I find a great deal of inspiration and wisdom in the way animals approach life. It’s the simplicity, I think. They live in the moment, neither hanging on to the past nor fretting about the future. They deal with what’s in front of them. And usually, they have fun with whatever is in front of them. Or at least they deal with it easily. I’m pretty sure every dog I’ve every known has been Buddhist. My cats…I’m not so sure. 😉

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — September 21, 2016 @ 19:22 | Reply

    • Since you enter philosophy into the equation: I think cats are closed books. A bit like James Joyce. You think you have a glimmer of a glimpse of something elusive … chase a butterfly instead.

      Other than that, yes, I couldn’t agree more, animals live in the moment. Every move has a purpose. And when there is no purpose they just sit still. And wait. No, actually they don’t wait. That’s what humans do. Animals just are.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — September 24, 2016 @ 11:22 | Reply

  4. It’s hard to disappoint a dog? Surely not. They’re constantly disappointed by lack of attention, lack of food, lack of walks, lack of sticks to chase. lack of birds and small animals to chase. In my experience they’re not usually relaxed and Buddhistic for very long.

    Comment by nick — September 23, 2016 @ 18:51 | Reply

    • It depends on the dog. Montana had no problem entertaining herself. And old Sammy is relaxed and mellow. We’ll have to see about Tempi.

      Comment by cheerfulmonk — September 23, 2016 @ 19:02 | Reply

    • You misunderstand, Nick. What I meant to say that I (human) find it difficult to disappoint a dog, indeed anyone, come to think of it. So I do what you are expected to do to keep the dog/a human happy. I, literally, do walk that mile I’d rather sit out. Whether that’s partly bred in my bone or the fact that I am the older sister of a few – I don’t know. Upshot being that anyone/anything is in good hands with me.

      However, you do have a point. I don’t know about “Buddhistic”; on the whole I prefer other living beings being more self sufficient rather than relying on others to “entertain” them. Which I immediately contradict by saying that I find it nice to be “needed”. Make head, backside, tail or tale of that one.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — September 24, 2016 @ 11:15 | Reply

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