No Bark and No Bite

Feb 11, 05:26 by IROSF

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Feb 11, 20:51 by Constance Ash
Not all cats are sedate. Even the most lazy olympic gold medal sleep winners can be excellent mess and chaos creators. Then there is all that cat hair floating around -- though yes hairless cats have been bred, I don't want one.


Love, C.
Feb 11, 21:24 by Constance Bierner
A few points:

The Egyptians worshiped Anubis, god of the dead, who was depicted as a human with the head of a dog or a jackal.

Dogs can be paper trained.

"Dogs are always out of control?" Think about seeing eye dogs, police dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs. Dogs are far more trainable than cats.

An interesting question is whether the hospital-white corridors of the science fiction future are in the process of giving way to a more colorful, messy vision. I guess we've already had cyberpunk grime...

Feb 16, 15:11 by Janine Stinson
In my experience, cats are highly individualistic and not much concerned with what other creatures do unless said creatures involve the cat's wellbeing (food, safety, or fun). Dogs, conversely, are pack animals (like humans) and will always seek the pack leader for examples on how to behave, and be happier for doing so. A dog without a pack leader is dangerous, regardless of its size. Having had dogs as companions for three decades, I speak from personal experience. I recommend watching "The Dog Whisperer" for a very good example of how people should let dogs be dogs so everyone in a house can be happy.

Perhaps unusually for someone who loves dogs as I do, I also love cats. Because I've not had as much experience with them, I now volunteer at my local animal shelter (a no-kill facility, because I don't think I could work at any other kind) with the cats who reside there. I'm trying to follow in Monte Walsh's and Cesar Millan's footsteps by observing cats in a group environment.

Re: dogs on starships, if aliens suddenly beam aboard or arrive in the "area" of space where one is traveling, a dog would be more likely to sense this than a cat, not just because of its heightened sense of smell, but because of the sometimes-described mental/emotional "link" dogs can have with their people. Some dogs can detect cancer in humans by smell; some dogs can detect the imminent onset of an epileptic attack in humans, method still not clearly known. Cats have other heightened senses, and I leave it to others to point them out, as I'm generally ignorant of them. :)

The emotional needs of humans traveling in space could be better met by dogs, I argue, because humans and dogs are pack animals. There's a different emotional bond between them than between cats and humans. Further than that, due to inexperience, I don't wish to venture.

I would encourage any writers reading this to consider the paucity of dogs in science fiction, as has Mr. Westfahl, and to entertain the possibilities of an increase in canine characters (and not caricatures) in their own fiction, should they be so moved.

Think of how James White's "space hospital" novels might have read with illness-detecting critters...I can see it. Can you?
Oct 13, 18:51 by Lex
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