Doggie-vous Francais?

Do you like French bulldogs? They’ve got a lot of personality, don’t they?

I hope nobody here mistakes chameleons for French bulldogs. If you do have a lot of trouble telling the difference, there are any number of college courses that can set you straight.

A Cat Falls in Love

All right, so he fell in love with a coconut. Is that so terrible? And he got music by Mozart to go with it. I can admit that as a single man in my early twenties, I would’ve been better off dating coconuts.

Cats & Dogs & Pop-Pop-Pop!

You should be able to guess what will happen, once a cat or a dog starts playing with balloons. Many years ago some scientists in Michigan did some experiments on cats and dogs and balloons, but the results have always been kept secret.

The Dog Is Not Cooperating

What are we, that our pets should give us an argument? This husky is commanded (implored?) to come back inside the house. Does he? Nope.

My cat Henry used to give me long, loud protests when I wouldn’t let him snatch up the baserunners in my Strat-O-Matic game… while I was playing it.

Cats & Dogs & Irritating Toys

None of our cats ever showed the slightest interest in any kind of mechanical toys. Too busy writing sonnets, I guess.

In this video, though, cats and dogs show the toys who’s boss. Better you should just give them paper bags or cardboard boxes.

Cats With a New Box

You know how cats love cardboard boxes–especially the kind that really expensive fancy cat toys come in. Love the box, ignore the toy.

Here are a couple of cats responding to a new box some thoughtful human has provided for them. All are welcome to try to explain what that first cat seems to be looking for.

Cats & Dogs & Tails

Why do cats and dogs chase their tails (or someone else’s)? Parakeets don’t do it. Iguanas don’t. A hamster wouldn’t even think of it.

I’d also like to know why they don’t get dizzy, doing this. I’ve seen cats get dizzy: helped them do it, in fact. But this is a mystery.

Kittens and Free Will

Cats are endowed with free will at a very early age. These little kittens, only 24 days old and still a little shaky on their feet, already understand that just because some human wants to film them “discovering their tails” doesn’t mean that have to do it. Much more fun just to toddle around the room.

Take No Guff from Toys!

Here are cats, dogs, a parakeet, and an iguana who take no guff from toys. I can see the iguana is young and inexperienced: hasn’t let learned the various rituals which are supposed to precede a fight. Well, he’ll learn. The parakeet could probably teach him.

Substitute Kittens?

Where did these four baby bunnies come from, and why is the cat so cozy with them? Anyone would think she saw them as–well, sort of funny-looking kittens.

The wild bunnies in our neighborhood left much to be desired as mothers. It wouldn’t surprise me if a cat could do a better job.