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Haiku by Dog: The Truth About Dogs and Cats

Sharing a home with cats isn’t always snuggles and purrs -- at least that's what our haiku-writing dogs think.

Susan C. Willett  |  Jun 2nd 2015


We have three dogs and four cats in our home. Or, as I like to note, 150 pounds of dog and about 40 pounds of cat. You can guess who rules.

When they were younger, Elsa Clair and Calvin thought that Lilah’s swishy tail was a wonderful toy. Thankfully, my even-tempered dog patiently endured their antics. I’m sure she’s glad they grew out of that phase.

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Tucker — our full-bore, all-out, no-holds-barred, chase-the-ball-til-you-drop terrier — is unsurprisingly prone to injury. He’s learned how to live with the “cone of shame” when circumstances call for its application. But it’s a little extra hard to endure when a nosy feline gets up close and personal.

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Jasper, whom we affectionately refer to as “the Moose” because he’s so large, has a healthy respect for our cats — in particular eight-and-a-half-pound Elsa Clair. He knows better than to try to walk by her without permission; he hears her “You shall not pass!” stare loud and clear.

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Do you have dogs and cats? Who rules the house? Let us know in the comments, or better yet, write a haiku about it!

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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. She lives in New Jersey with three dogs and four cats (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by Dog™, Haiku by Cat™, and Dogs and Cats Texting.