There’s a lot to be said for the loyalty of an animal. This is especially true of domestic animals which have long genetic lineages steered toward compatibility with humans. If there was a back stabbing breed of dog, for example, that breed would probably not get the benefit of human nurturing and encouraged procreation. We have a tendency to espouse traits in our pets that we do not have ourselves.
Human back stabbers on the other hand are often rewarded with successful careers, will marry the perfect back stabbing spouse, and will then propagate a bunch of little back stabbing bastards.
Animals also innately lack some bad tendencies that we have from the start. Animals do not draw imaginary lines all over the globe and then go to war over them unlike the members of the most intelligent species which also have dominion over the Earth, a soul, and a lot of other really cool stuff I’m told.
I have had many cats over the years and Rusty cat has been with me for a while now. He used to belong to an ex-girlfriend of mine. I guess my relationship with the cat was better than the one with her. I was genuinely grateful that she entrusted me with the cat knowing that it would be well cared for after our relationship was over. I was also certainly happy that she essentially dumped both of us, I mean, there was no reason to break up the cat and me too right? After she was gone and I was going through my dating around phase I had an interesting experience.
One woman came over and actually sneered at Rusty while exalting, “I do not like cats.” One cannot expect everyone else to have the same affection for an animal that we have but to say something like that about a friendly pet that clearly meant something to me seemed a bit out of skew for me. It has been said that a love of animals shows an appreciation for all life and that is the greatest humanity of all. Lofty notions aside she also just struck me as a snooty little bitch.
It didn’t take her long to sense that the date was over. On her way out she commented, “Maybe if you had treated all of your girlfriends as well as you treat your cats then you wouldn’t be alone.” Now, I am not sure that most of the women from any of my former relationships are even currently aware if I am alive or dead. That being said, however, she is probably right and my priorities were in the right place.