Examining the disconnect between perception and reality
Oh, come on, GYC, that's just a cowardly dog. He's not afraid to attack a boy on a bike, but he runs away from a cat? Please.When I lived in Austin in the early 80s, I had this friend who had a dog, a pure bred American pit bull, named Hombres, that looked exacly like the dog on the Little Rascals. Every Saturday morning, I would go over to Ray's apartment, and we would drink coffee, get stoned and watch cartoons.Then I would hold Hombres's head while Ray used a black marker to draw a ring around the dog's eye, to complete the illusion. We then put a red bandana over his collar and took him to Zilker Park.People would give us money for them to take a picture of their kid(s) with Hombres, because he really did look exactly like the dog on the Little Rascals. Hey, an easy morning, an afternoon at the park, free money to blow on 6th street, rock and roll, drinks and co-eds, we had it all because of Hombres.But, let me tell you, he was one vicious dog. Once, I was over at Ray's apartment and Hombres was determined to go outside; he kept pawing at the glass door. So, unassumingly, we opened the door, thinking that he needed to take a leak or something.Apparently, one of the neighbors had a ferret that had gotten out. Oh my God, Hombres attacked that ferret with a ferociousness like you don't know. He literally tore that ferret apart with his teeth, throwing it up in the air, attacking it again and again. It was horrifying. I've never seen anything more violent in my life.And so I turned to Ray and said, "Maybe we shouldn't take Hombres to the park anymore. There are little children there."There is no way that cat in the video could have scared away Hombres. I don't think, or I hope, that he wouldn't have attacked the boy on the bike. But he definitely would have torn that cat apart.That said, I don't think that even Hombres could win a fight with Ally the Alley Cat. She's the cat who has hanging on my mother's office window screen a couple of years ago. Of course, my mother took sympathy on her and brought her home. And she immediately invaded and took over my condo.I used to let her go outside on the patio, but then I heard a crash. This cat destroyed my three-tiered water fountain. How does a six-pound cat destroy a water fountain? And then she snuck into my bedroom and destroyed my suit-steamer. This is not a domestic cat; this is a domestic terrorist.She's taken over my home office, lives on my futon. She's always scratching at me every time I walk by, and I have the scars to prove it. She's always jumping around, knocking over things. This cat is a terror.In a confrontation between Hombres and Ally, I would like to say that I would side with the dog. But knowing Ally, I have to say that I would side with her. She is one violent cat. And every dog should be scared of her.I don't allow her to go out on the patio anymore. I can't afford the damage caused. I certainly don't allow her into my bedroom, but somehow she finds a way. She's very sneaky.
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