As readers of this blog will know, when it comes to reliable news sources, I’ve found that (amongst others!) neither the CBC nor AP has a record that warrants such commendation. But every once in a while, they do produce a story deserving of mention and merit!
For example, a few days ago, CBC reported on just such a story, produced by AP:
Tara chases off dog that attacked her six-year-old owner
For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter’s Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.
In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her six-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family’s Bakersfield home.
Now, don’t get me wrong; as a child I had shared my bed with Major, our family’s Boxer. And some years later – after I’d left home to seek my fame and fortune in Montreal – I recall my family greeting me at the train station (in Toronto) and introducing me to Gus, a full-grown Saint Bernard, with a fondness for Dairy Queen ice creams – as I discovered when he led me for walks around the Hamilton, Ontario neighbourhood in which my family then resided.
The recognition accorded me on such strolls (“Oh, you must be an Ostrov girl,” said complete strangers, as they stopped to give Gus a pat on the head) was certainly not to be sneezed at. Nor are the many fond acquaintances I met (and/or made) in the course of my (now long ago ended) marriage when I strolled various neighbourhoods in the company of Captain, yet another Boxer.
But at heart – if not genetically predisposed (as my UK cousins on my late mother’s side could confirm) – I think I’ve always been a “cat person”. And not without very good reasons; as I had recounted many, many moons ago – thanks to the “assistance” of that particular now long ago departed cat.
And, to be quite honest, I’m inclined to suspect that Amber – the cat who is currently kind enough to share her living quarters with me – would have long ago voiced her strenuous objections (as she does when any canine dares to approach her field of vision!)
In light of the foregoing, dear readers, I trust that you will completely understand my conclusion that the cat is – in fact – top dog;-)
P.S. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there in cyberland. Sadly, my first without a Dad on whom to bestow such wishes.