There’s something of a symbiotic relationship between people and cats and dogs. We’ve obviously all hung out together for thousands of years, yet somehow cats and dogs have always gotten together better with us than they’ve done with each other. Their failure to get along is such a cliché that in the movie Ghostbusters, when Bill Murray is looking for examples of the world figuratively turning upside down, one of the things he cites is “cats and dogs living together.”
Now when I brought this up with God he rightly pointed out that plenty of people, even people I know, have both cats and dogs and the animals manage to get along and even become friends. And sure, that’s true, but it’s still enough of a rarity that pictures of dogs and cats together make for amusing web posts and inspirational posters. Not to mention the perennial discussions of whether one is a dog person or a cat person, with the assumption that the animal’s failure to get along could be expected to carry up the chain to their owners.
So I asked God if this was ever going to resolve itself, if they’d ever learn to cohabit cooperatively. He told me it was possible. He told me they’d even worked together in the past. That caught my attention, so I pestered him until he agreed to give me more details. I should have known better. He told me that the last time that dogs and cats had worked together on a project it was on a grand plan to breed humans that had something of an unconscious need to pet animals.
So are you a cat-fancier or a dog-fancier? Ancient breeders want to know.