Call yourself a “dog person”? You’re wrong.
“If I saw a cat I’d set it on fire,”
an aberration of human kindness somebody once said to me. (Anonymous pro-cat vigilantes should feel free to contact me for their home address.)
“I’m a dog person, obviously.”
And he isn’t the only one. Apparently, “dog people” are on the rise. They’re everywhere you go, stopping for a spot of dog-and-owner brunch on the way to a weirdly expensive Saturday morning dog beauty therapist.
They’re flamboyant. They’re loud. They can’t stop taking Instagram photos of their dogs’ new haircut. And they’re waging a war against good, old-fashioned cats. Now, at the risk of sounding like someone’s know-it-all great aunt, I have to admit: when someone tells me they don’t like cats, I say, I’m pretty sure you’re wrong. You do like cats, deep down. Deep, deep down. You just haven’t met the right cat yet. Now, I know what you’re going to say: you know your own preferences better than I do. But hear me out. Perhaps you want to experiment with a dog a little before settling down. I support that, of course. No discrimination here! Dogs are fun, I suppose, for a little while. All that barking and playing fetch. All those runs on the beach and whimsical outdoorsy bonding moments. All that slobber and cardiovascular exercise. All that brunch and hairdressing. I’m sure it’s very exciting at first.
“I got Macy when she was 12 weeks old in a grocery store parking lot. I was told she was German Shepard and supposed to get up to 80 pounds and they couldn’t handle her anymore and we’re taking her to the pound the next day. She got to 38 pounds and stopped and is the best dog in the entire world. She’s friends with everyone and everything and is always so excited. She has more energy than anything and has helped keep me active since the day I got her. We love to go on hikes together and here are some pictures of our adventures!” writes @mutt_named_macy and my owner is @jack_hiatt. #dogsofinstagram #dogs #dog A photo posted by Dogs of Instagram (@dogsofinstagram) on