Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"I Just Want To Be With You"?

This video is supposed to celebrate the love between puppies and kittens. They just want to be friends, right? Look at the lengths this one’s going to just to reach his canine BFF! 

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Actually, no. 

I suspect that kitty, driven by boredom from his unenriched living quarters, is testing his climbing abilities. However, on making it up the glass he finds himself somewhat restricted vis a vis where to go next. He finds himself with two options: sideways, or down. 

Cats aren’t known for their ability to get down from high places (just ask any suburban firefighter), so, it’s not surprising that kitty opts for trying to continue at his current height. 

This leads him straight into the dogtank. 

Pupster, by contrast, seems pretty darn excited to have a new friend in his boring little box. He's even "helping" kitty down. What’s concerning is that puppies that age don’t have much of an off switch, and they’re not always totally aware of (a) what their body is doing (b) how to not do that. Look at 0:45 onwards; the puppy seems to be grabbing the kitten's face and pulling. Could kitty change his mind at this point, even if he wanted to? I'm not so sure. 

What we’re seeing is dangerous behavior, and a living environment that hasn’t been properly designed with even basic safety in mind. This behavior is probably caused by understimulation, which can have a really negative effect on the rapidly growing brains of young animals. 

Pups and kittens shouldn’t be housed in tanks by themselves, whether in a pet store, a shelter or anywhere else. Putting an overexcited puppy in a small box with a kitten is not a good idea. Someone might get hurt. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Super Crossover Edition!

I know this blog is designed to be about dogs being misinterpreted, but when my friends at IAABC asked me to do a guest post about a different animal, I couldn't resist telling the story of Cookie the Penguin, star of the most inappropriate viral video you probably ever sent Grandma.

You can read the full tale of depravity on page 46 of IAABC's new online journal, nestled amongst much more scholarly works.

(In fact, I had so much fun that I ended up being the managing editor of the whole journal, SOMEHOW, but never mind that. Just enjoy the heartwarming story of a perverted penguin and his oblivious hand-ler.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gotta bounce!

This video has been doing the rounds for a while, it's supposed to be an instance of cross-species learning. Sometimes the dog is supposed to be teaching the baby how to bounce, sometimes the baby is supposed to be inspiring the dog. 

Both explanations are an equally massive overreach. There's a simpler way to describe the scene, and it goes a little something like this:

Baby: Boing boing boing *gurgle*
Baby: Wobble wobble. Ooh, colorsandshapes. Might shit myself in a bit. Splurk.

Parent: I am witnessing a truly meaningful and emotionally touching moment. Thank the stars I was ready with my camera!

It must be wonderful to be so misinformed....