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Cat Who Wanted To Be A Dog
was this cat who always wanted everything everybody else had, especially
the dog who lived in her house, a terrier named, Scottie.
She was always thinking, Why cant I have what Scottie
has? Why didnt they gave that to me instead? Which was
just what she had been thinking the morning she looked at her little
breakfast bowl, then at Scotties big bowl with its large chunks
of dog food.
Look at that,
she said, as she licked her lips, thats what dogs eat, thats
what Im going to eat.. But, when she tried, the chunks were
just too large and much too hard for her little cat mouth to bite. So
she thought, maybe dog food isnt better than cat food. But,
I know everything else about being a dog is better than being a cat.
And finished her cat breakfast with a contented sigh.
Later that day, when Ricky, the boy in her house, was getting ready
to take Scottie for a walk on his leash, the cat wondered, Why
cant I have a leash, too? And go for walk like Scottie does?
So, she pulled an extra leash over to Ricky who laughed and said, Oh,
you want to walk with us, cat. Okay. And he snapped the leash
on her, tying it with extra large knots because it was far too big.
When it seemed to fit, Ricky said, Alright, were ready,
Their walk started out just fine, until the cat spotted a cat friend
across the street who she thought she might like to visit. Forgetting
the leash, she dashed off. But, the leash stopped her short, right in
mid-air and before she knew it, she was tumbling and stumbling and flipping
herself right out of that leash. Well!, she huffed as she
darted away, if walking in a straight line like that is what dogs
like to do, I can do without that., And she added dog leashes
to dog food as things she didnt like. However, she assured herself,
I know I like everything else about being a dog, instead of being
a silly old cat.
Just then, the boy snapped open Scotties leash, so he could run
free with all the neighborhood dogs in their special dog run. Barking
as if the world was coming to and end, the dogs scampered and dashed
in a race that never seemed to end. Now that is the kind of fun
you have when youre a dog, said the watching cat, and immediately
dashed into the dog run, only to have the dogs immediately chase her
up a tree, where she had to stay until all the dogs had gone home.
I guess a dog run is not a place to be, at least not for a cat
If truth be known, she was actually beginning to have real doubts about
being a dog, but, bravely she thought, Except for dog food, dog
leashes and running with other dogs, I know I like everything else about
being a dog. I know I do! Finally back at the house late
that afternoon, she felt tired enough to consider a snooze and Scotties
dog box looked like a wonderfully comfortable place to do it. Why
dont I just curl up in there for a nap? Thats what a dog
would do. Unfortunately, just as she settled into a feeling good
position, Scottie had the very same idea. Bounding into his box, he
nearly crushed the little cat, who just managed to escape.
Rickys mother, reading the paper in her rocking chair, was watching
what happened and she made friendly, puss, puss noises,
reaching down and lifting the cat to cuddle on her soft, warm lap, stroking
the cats neck just right. Thats when cat remembered that
every time Scottie tried to jump into mothers lap, she laughingly,
but firmly, pushed him away, saying, Scottie, heavens, youre
much too big to be a lap dog.
Just then mother tickled her very best special spot, right behind her
ears. And as she purred and closed her eyes, she thought to herself,
Only a cat could feel this good. I guess being a cat isnt
so bad after all. I know I dont want to be a dog ever again.
Arent you glad youre you? Or, would you rather be a dog?
© David Russell
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