Some people, it is said, are cat people and others are dog people. The same can be said of states and countries. Some have more cats and some have more dogs. After the jump, a discussion of the phenomenon and a link to some maps that show the cat places and the dog places. What does this preference in pets tell us about these different cultures and subcultures? [Read more…]
I’ve blogged about dogs. But I also like cats. They are cool, graceful little killing machines. I also like what cat-haters don’t: their independence. Did you know that cats, unlike nearly every other domesticated animal, cannot be intentionally bred? Did you know that cats are the most popular pet in the world, with three-times as many cats as dogs?
British zoologist John Bradshaw, the author of The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, has a new book out: Cat Sense. After the jump is an excerpt from that book. Read it all at the link, but I have quoted a passage that shows how cats sometimes do, in fact, show affection to their human owners. Sort of. [Read more…]
If a dog is killed through someone’s negligence, is the owner entitled to compensation for just the monetary value of the animal (usually not much) or also for the “sentimental value” that come from the owner’s emotional attachment to the pet? After all, family heirlooms–such as your grandfather’s watch or a piece of jewelry that has been handed down from generation to generation–can have a claimed value greater than the material cost. Why not a family pet?
The Texas Supreme Court just ruled on this matter. What do you think it ruled? What do you think it should have ruled? Think about that, then after the jump read about the court’s decision and George Will’s account of the case. Do you agree with what he says about it? [Read more…]