March 29, 2010

Animal Planet

I was visiting my old neighborhood recently. I’ve passed thru a few times in the 10 years since I moved out but I surprised by how much it had changed. Or, maybe it was always as it is and it’s my eyes that have changed.

It’s the neighborhood I grew up in. But, it seems to my memory that there were more kids in it then. Everyone has dogs now. There are more dogs than kids.

I sat in the window at a popular neighborhood coffee shop and watched nearly every person coming up walk up with a dog. Only ever 10th person had a child, one child with them. Every other person had a dog or dogs. People tied up the dogs before they went in to buy coffee. At one point there were 4 dogs outside.

I watched people lift their dogs, not kids, into their SUV’s and vans.

No wonder we face a death spiral in insurance and social security.At what point, did we expect animals would pay taxes?

You know I love my cats but I by no means think they are more important than people.
Couples, more often these days, opt to have pets rather than kids. They share custody of their animals after they split up.

Maybe animals are easier but does that equate with better?


Blogger nazareth priest said...

Married people are not allowed to have more than one pet until they have two or three children.
Celibates, however, can have two to three pets, as long as said pets do not become "children."
Single folks are included in the "celibate" rule.
Otherwise...well, if I was married (I will never be) I would have ten kids and four pets. That's it.
I said it:<)!
Please don't write the Vatican about this...they have other things much more pressing to consider right now (just check Terry's post!!).

March 28, 2010 10:07 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

Sometimes I, too, like to drive by my old neighborhood. There is an avalanche of memories when one visits those places of yesteryear.

"They share custody of their animals after they split up."

Interesting. Is there such a thing as bowwow or kitty cat support? You know, the equivalent of child support for domesticated animals.

I've heard of couples splitting up when the man realized he wasn't the real father of the household pet:0)

March 28, 2010 10:16 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Father: I won't because we all know the Holy Father doesn't read his mail! :-)

Tom: LOL!

March 29, 2010 6:46 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

np, are you trying to get the phrase "crazy cat celibate" added to the lexicon?

March 29, 2010 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Austringer said...

Cathy, I have also observed this -- not so much in my neighborhood (I live in the far-flung 'burbs, and so horses and cattle are as numerous than cats and dogs), but in the neighborhood of the parish that I attend. It's fairly close to Minneapolis, and the houses are surprisingly expensive, though small. The neighbors are frequently out walking their dogs, and the local coffee shop has some outside tables where the dog owners can gather 'round and chat -- ages ago, mothers would gather 'round and chat at the neighborhood park while their children played on the swingset and teeter-totters. This is the new, modern way of living your life!

March 29, 2010 2:01 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Nan: Could be. It all depends. I'm converted to cats now because of this video (the JR Terrier looks and acts just like our little "monster"
:<)!...isn't God good? See, CofA, conversion CAN happen...even to cats:<)!

March 29, 2010 3:38 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Cathy - I was with you you know - you tied me up outside.

You are correct about the health insurance and social security thing - but that will be remedied - the pets will have the owners put to sleep.

Which reminds me - in California there is a push to do away with the idea that people own pets - it's an animal rights thing.

I knew you hated dogs when you threatened that woman and her dog Jack with the leash.

March 29, 2010 9:43 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

CofA: So now we get the "untold story" from T.
Tying people up outside could be a form of "abuse"...I better check our "Safe Environment Policy" know, the one the bishops passed in 2002?
Not sure if this is covered, but will get back to you on it:<)!!

March 29, 2010 10:06 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Father: Terry wants to know when your Confessionals are open "for business" before Easter. He'll drive out. He seeks the true anonynimity of the Confessional. All the priests around here recognize his voice.

March 29, 2010 10:13 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

LOL! That is kind of true - so I use an accent now.

Anyway - I posted a companion piece to this for you on my blog tonite.

March 29, 2010 10:56 PM  
Blogger belinda said...


It's not your imagination. There are fewer kids.(my opinion) The population stays high because people don't die as they use to. I discovered this accidently about 2 years ago when I went to an affluent neighborhood for garage sales. It was a beautiful Saturday morning when it struck me, "Oh, my stars I haven't seen but three children at one home all morning!" Seriously, it creeped me out and I had been out for many hours.

Everyone wants to live like a "Holly-wood" couple, but even in hollywood it's pretty much a joke but still people are chosing stuff over children.

March 30, 2010 12:47 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Just as aside: it does not bother me at all when the kids at our Ext. F. Mass on Sundays at our Oratory are screaming, making noise, running around (to their parents' horror)...or when I offer Mass in the two Parishes I sometimes help out at...children mean a future; a life. One of our families that comes regularly to the Ext. F. have six children and one on the way; I think it's just awful that children have become such a "burden"...hopefully, this will change with the resurgence of authentic Catholic life among young people. Today I had a child screaming during my homily at the local Parish (which, when I don't have a script, can get me a bit off)...but it was a young couple who was there on a weekday with their child; that is simply BEAUTIFUL!

March 30, 2010 5:42 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Dear Father,
Children know who loves'em and who doesn't and they will never forget you. Your kindness will come back to you when your sitting in a nursing home drooling and counting your ugly toes. Little "Jim-Bob" (Insert odd Catholic saint name here.) will stop over to say how much you meant to him/her. Maybe you'll be the reason someone becomes a religious or at the very least a better husband or wife.

There's much hate to go around and children are not immune to it.
People like you are refreshing.
I love priests like you. God bless you. Belinda

March 30, 2010 6:25 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Father, I'm teasing about your toes.

It's just that I've made some nursing home observations. I'm serious about the drooling though.

My social anxiety is killing me today. It's kinda like a bad knee I have to deal with but I keep using it anyway. I wanted to send you an email but I don't have your address and I'm sorry to take up Cathys blog space.

March 31, 2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Thanks, belinda.
You made my day!
But I DO have ugly toes (inherited from my Ma, who in her 70's has hammertoes...something to look forward to, as well as the drooling:<)!)

March 31, 2010 1:10 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

And no matter what, We always love our mama's.

March 31, 2010 6:39 PM  

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