Getting along like 'cats and dogs'

The natures of both cats and dogs can be an allegorical lesson for people seeking harmony in a relationship.
Modified: June 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013

I've been told you can learn about the challenges some people face in relationships by watching cats and dogs.

The majority of cats are basically loners, while most dogs want attention and affection 24/7.

The cat will tolerate the presence of its owner most of the time, but appears to be just as happy by itself. When the cat does want attention and affection, it will seek the owner out and land in the middle of whatever the owner is doing – demanding attention and not leaving until it is good and ready.

However, when the cat is ready to go, stay out of the way.

It is off to destinations unknown until it desires company again.

The dog, however, will stumble over itself to get to the door before the key is out of the lock. It doesn't matter what the owner is carrying, the dog must be petted and made much over, or life cannot go on.

The dog will then follow the owner everywhere, including the bathroom. There isn't anything too big or too small for the dog to share with its loved one.

The dog would be happy to lie in the owner's lap and be rubbed and stroked all day long, but when the loved one is on the move, the dog is right there, waiting for pats on the head and a few biscuits and treats to be thrown its way as an affirmation of the owner's affection.

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