Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Bulldog Telepathy

If you hate cats then it always transpires that every cat in your immediate area will make a bee line for you.
Cats delight in torturing people 
There is a touch of a sociopath about a cat
Dogs on the other hand seem to go all goo-goo eyed at the prospect of being all supportive
There is nothing subtle about them
They instinctively know if something is hurting inside you and will try every trick in the book to redress the balance of things .
Mental pain seems to bring out the " dog" in a dog...if you see what I mean

This afternoon Mrs Trellis called by to drop off her unused dog food. 
It must have been somewhat of a difficult visit given the fact that everywhere you look in the cottage there seems to be a dog draped over something, but Mrs Trellis was putting on a brave face as she sat down for a chat.


Immediately Winnie was by her side , gazing intently up into the old lady's face and with seconds she dived under Mrs Trellis' legs like a great big fat puppy, lifting them high up in the air, time and time and time again.
Mrs Trellis couldn't help herself and lost herself in a fit of laughing. And the more she laughed the more Winnie performed .
I have never seen her act in this way with visitors..... Her usual behaviour is to stand , look, snort, sniff and ignore.
She seemed intent on brightening Mrs Trellis' day.

Animal behaviour never ceases to surprise me.

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  1. Mans best friend and woman's also. I know that when I lost my little Bichon my Ben glued himself to my side for days.

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    1. They are like emotional sponges arnt they?

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  2. Good job Winnie.
    She like my Watson who is an old soul.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. Absolutely, I've noticed this in dogs, you can bet knew that her dog had passed, they are extraordinary.
    XO
    WWW

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  4. True, but some cats do it too. Jazz (who certainly has some sociopathic traits) glued himself to me the last time my partner was in hospital.

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    1. Perhaps I was being a little hash

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  5. I agree with both you and Elephant's Child. One of our cats stayed with me continually when I was recovering from major eye surgery last summer. His companionship was very comforting.

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  6. Isn't she getting a rescue dog? Why the food giveaway? Maybe she was looking for the company, of dogs and humans:)

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    1. I think it will be a while before that happens

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  7. What a wonderful thing for Winnie and Mrs. Trellis.

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  8. Winnie is one smart dog......

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  9. I think you have summed up the characteristics of dogs and cats very well John - it definitely applies to our cats and dog.

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  10. Winnie just knew what had to be done. Dogs just know.

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  11. I have never known a dog want to do anything other than sniff my crotch.

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    1. Both although the timing is a little different, usually at least.

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  12. When she is ready, I hope Mrs. Trellis finds another dog, or should I say a dog finds her. Hopefully, it will be a better tempered dog. Bless Big Winnie's heart for cheering her up. I know she is going through a difficult time.

    Can't say I agree with you about cats. I have had many that were very intuitive. Siamese cats are sometimes compared with a dogs. Even my Gracie growls when someone pulls in the driveway or knocks on the door!

    …and Noah dies!!

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    1. Oh I know...i liked noah too!
      I wonder whats going to happen....its going tits up me thinks

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    2. Noah is dead?

      And you call this news?

      Have you heard about Elvis too?

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  13. I've never understood why the legs of people who don't like dogs are so attractive and exciting to dogs.

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  14. Mrs T needs another dog.....something less demonic....more Norman Wisdom....

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    1. And something small........

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    2. I like Jack Russells for that....portable!

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  15. I've had cats that sensed and reacted to emotions. I had one cat who tried repeatedly to kill himself when his (I'm sure) identical twin brother died. And of course cats wind up terrifying people who are afraid. It's a cat's job to be curious prior to being aloof.
    That said, good for Winnie.

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    1. Joanne ...what method did the suicidal cat use?

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    2. And was it sufficiently intelligent to know that it would only work on the 9th attempt? (Unless it was throwing itself from a height, as apparently that would never work). I am, like John, intrigued by these suicide attempts.

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  16. I just wish more people were like dogs. The world would be a much nicer place.

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    1. But there would be more shit on the pavements!

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    2. And I'm not sure a walk down the high street would be much fun with everyone coming up to sniff each other's arses. Really Lisa.... be careful what you wish for.... there a lot of men out there who you would probably prefer not to be sniffed by, let alone eagerly mounted while you were trying to look at shoes. (Although I don't know you, so perhaps I have misjudged).

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    3. Crying with laughter at the thought of some poor chap trying to mount my enormous arse while i'm sifting through the reduced bin outside Brantano! x

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  17. My cat hugged me. But my dogs. Well, that's a whole nuther thing.

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    1. That comment reminded me of a quote in THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
      " you can love your dog.........just dont lurrrrvvvveeeee your dog"

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  18. There's nothing quite like animal love. They seem to sense when you need them most.

    On a side note, HI JOHN. this is my first post to you. Love your blog. Congrats on the marriage and on Chris becoming a prof. Hope you get my card as its coming waaayyy over the pond from Cleveland Heights Ohio

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    1. Theresa........ Thank you for commenting.......and for the card...i'll look out for it

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  19. Aww Winnie, she is you in dog form, kind, warm and happy to comfort those in need. Bless
    Twiggy x

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  20. Well done Winnie, she is a sweetie xx

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  21. If you really must compare dogs and cats (why?) I'd say dogs - unless well trained - have no manners and are merciless opportunists. Follow the leader types. Which is fine - after all they do run in packs.And someone needs to know where they are going.

    Neither have I ever encountered a cat that wouldn't give a wide berth to someone who doesn't like cats. A dog? Forget it. You might be terrified (which I am not) yet they will insist to slobber all over you (which I hate). In fact I hate it so much I can't kiss people who let their dogs lick their faces. It disgusts me. So, my dear John, you are quite safe from me. Let's shake hands instead. I'll bring the rubber gloves.

    U

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    1. I miss those ursula rants

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    2. "they will insist to slobber all over you (which I hate). In fact I hate it so much I can't kiss people who let their dogs lick their faces. It disgusts me."

      Ah... agreed... Dog slobber is a dreadful thing, but as John often attests they can lather a person is much worse than that as well. I like dogs, I like them very much, but not in my house, or my face, or shagging my leg, of leaking little spurts of piss all over me because they seem pleased to see me (as some do). They belong outside. (Sorry Winnie).

      By the way, I have just read in the journal Science that there are more than 3 chickens in the world for every human... 20 billion or so of the little cluckers at any one time (not that most last long). Just thought you should know

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  22. Great that she got a laugh out of 'Mrs Trellis'. That's a story that will go round the village I'm sure.

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  23. Good old Winnie! I like to think of Mrs Trellis losing herself in a fit of laughing - I can picture the scene!

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  24. So true John, my dogs know if I am unwell or feeling a bit blue...they get a sad face and won't budge from my side. My heart goes out to Mrs Trellis...so glad that she has you and the ever amusing Winnie.

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  25. They just instinctively know when someone needs a bit of tlc.
    Lisa x

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  26. well done Winnie! And, yes, poor Noah! Still got to love Carol, her very matter of fact solution to the wife beater living in Alexandria, 'Rick you will have to kill him'!!

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  27. What a star Winnie is, and she definitely takes after you guys in supporting Mrs Trellis. I'm so heartened by all your actions that I 'might' let you off with calling cats out on their occasional sociopathic tendancies......lol

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  28. Winnie to the rescue...how wonderful for Mr Trellis to make a new friend...

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  29. My dogs know if I'm sad or depressed and are really attentive xx

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  30. that was so sweet of winnie! perhaps you and winnie need to pop round to mrs. trellis' house once a week for a laugh!

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  31. I went to a display of attack-dogs in France once. Dobermans leapt for the neck, German Shepherds grabbed arms and legs, but Boxers just sidled up to the (padded) victim's crotch and just latched on. Right on, without letting go.

    Cats kill you as you sleep, usually by sitting on your face.

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    1. Ooohhh, what a way to go!

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    2. "Cats kill you as you sleep, usually by sitting on your face."

      No Tom. If a cat wanted to kill you it would do it slowly, while playing with you as you tried to crawl away. You have misjudged them dreadfully.

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  32. Winnie is such a darling. Dogs can be amazing in their response to people suffering. I call my two poodles "doctors" when myself or my husband are unwell. They will not leave us. However, their medical treatment was pretty bad recently with hubbie injuring his ankle. Both dogs landed on his injured ankle as they leapt up on to the bed to keep him company . I'm surprised you didn't hear the screams in Wales!

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  33. Sweet dog, Winnie.

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  34. Seems Winnie has taken her cue from you; there are worse things she could do. Compassion is a wonderful adornment for any creature, no matter how many legs it walks on.

    My canid companions know when my pain levels are up and conspire to comfort; the cat? Connolly wants food, and to make me sneeze.

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  35. I have three cats and can attest to the fact that they love to torture people.

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  36. I like cats. I have a cat. she is driving me f*ing crazy.

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  37. Dogs know more then we will ever understand,

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  38. We could all take lessons.... And yes, my five cats will upon occasion torture me....

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  39. Winnie is a sweetie, and yes, cats delight in torturing people. And dogs. My German Shepherd is terrified of the 14 yr old cat with one and a half teeth in her gums....

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  40. Even when cats are showing affection they can be painful, though I hardly think that they know the effect they are having - as when on my lap they purr and pound, with claws digging deep into flesh - and in the most sensitive of areas too!. When Blackso sleeps with me, which is most nights, when he's ready to rise and wants to wake me, if trying to lick my eyelids open doesn't work he'll draw a clawed paw over my face then even over my neck. So woe betide anyone who fails to respond to that ploy. (Ouch!)
    Now if only they were all as empathic as big, lumpy, adorable Winnie!

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  41. That's a sweet story about the dog. I am one who used to dislike cats mainly because I didn't understand them and didn't like their dander and claws. Of course, as you've pointed out, they would also make a beeline for me whenever I entered a cat lover's home. I shuddered, lol. Years later I did indeed adopt a cat because a friend needed to find a home for a stray. I grew to love and appreciate my cat though at first I was afraid of handling her for grooming, etc. I discovered she was also afraid of me and then I became her protector. Whenever I wasn't feeling well, she would lie on the bed by my head and try to make me feel better by her presence and her gentle meows. She's gone to cat heaven and I miss her sweet presence.

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  42. Is Andrew R Scott fucking Fitzgerald your stand in for answering comments?

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    1. Lol....i didnt get chance to reply to all the comments..... Early night
      X

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    2. Sorry Rachel. I didn't get a chance to respond to your comment before John barged in.

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  43. Onya Winnie.....

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  44. Mrs. Trellis does need to get a puppy and I always advocate sooner rather then later..

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  45. Mrs. Trellis does need to get a puppy and I always advocate sooner rather then later..

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  46. Winnie, Bless your heart! xxx

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  47. That girl is full of good! Glad she brightened Mrs. Trellis' day!

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  48. So true about cats - the buggers always home in on me and if they catch me by surprise and actually make it onto my lap, they do that awful kneading thing with their claws while looking at me with an evil smirk....

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  49. Lovely Winnie, it was most likely just what Mrs Trellis needed, a good giggle.

    Cats always seem to go to the person that likes them least because that is the person that looks at them least.

    Cats don't like being watched , so if you have a few people sat in a room and a cat walks in all the cat lovers will look towards the cat hoping it will come to them, a person who dislikes cats will not look the cat in the face, hence the cat will walk straight over to them seeing them as the least confrontational person in the room.

    There you go a bit of animal psychology.

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    1. I'll play stare-down with the next cat that looks like it might want to make itself comfy on me, and see if your theory works!!

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  50. Thank you, Winnie, for helping Mrs. Trellis.

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  51. Good on Winnie for giving Mrs Trellis a larf. I've found both cats and oogs to help me when my spirits are flagging.

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