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Cats don't like me! Or rather, they tolerate me for between half a minute and a whole minute. Then they simply go away, leaving me alone and sad.

But boy, are they beautiful. Especially the big cats - lions, jaguars, panthers, lynx, cheetas, ... Especially the way they move. Maybe, for my own safety, it is a good thing that cats shy away from me.

I communicate without problems with any dog. I am not afraid of meeting a wolf out in the forest - they are genetically identical to our domestic dogs; I used to refer to our dogs as our "domestic wolves".

They can be extremely clever: My decision to buy our first dog was made after I got in contact witn a search dog in operation, at a civil defense training course (it was certainly not a spontaneous decision, but more like the final straw). Dogs can be beautiful in what they do (and the pride and cleverness with which they do it), as opposed to what they are.

Yet... How can you be so clever at doing your job, and still so completely dumb socially? The old saying that a dog will never bite the hand that feeds him is simply too true. You can growl even large dogs into sumbission. Or grab them by their neck and shake them, just like their mother did when they were puppies. In more friendly ways, you can scratch almost any dog so he rolls over on his back, show you his throat, unprotected. Kids can ride him like a horse. (Well, be a little careful here ... they don't have as strong backs as horses - but they won't complain.)

I am aware that dogs/wolves within a pack has a very sophisticated social structure and language. (I would certainly recommend Jean Craighead George: Julie of the Wolves, and its sequel, Julie, for those who like children's books. If you prefer more popular science for adults: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: The hidden life of dogs. All are great, and easy to grasp, books to understand the language of dogs.)

So what should I do when I can easily get myself an obedient, clever slave that will love me whatever I do, but which I still cannot truly respect, and certainly not "adore"? Those that I most definitely love and adore and fully respect could never be a household pet. At least not in this country.

I just picked up a 2-part BBC Earth TV series about Wild Cats. I guess the solution is to watch the animals I adore on the screen while I scratch behind the ear the dog that adores me. And after all ... I love him, too. Even though he is dumb.
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