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“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem
to be plenty of kittens.”--Abraham Lincoln .
A plethora of pets
loom large in literature,
films and television.
Arnold, the pig, on GREEN ACRES.
Potter had his owl,
Big Lennie had his pocket mouse,
after hugging a pup to death.
We all loved Lassie, who always
fetched help when Timmy fell in a well,
who was always called a good girl,
even though he was a collie in drag,
making me wonder why females
were not trainable.
Mister Ed was the TV version
of Francis the Talking Mule,
and Chill Wills did the voice work
for both of them. Nothing ever
comes out perfect. The Francis
series had six movies, the first five
co-starred Donald O’Conner, who
refused to return for the last one,
and so they used Mickey Rooney.
The Lone Ranger had Silver,
Roy Rogers had Trigger,
Gene Autry had Champion,
and all three horses starred
in their own comic books.
Rin Tin Tin went from being
a big movie star in the 30’s,
to being a TV star in the 50’s,
a pet to a precocious runt
growing up in Fort Apache.
There’s sled dog Buck
from THE CALL OF THE WILD,
and he’s had Clark Gable, Charlton Heston
and Harrison Ford as Masters, and I
understand that in the latest version,
Buck is completely CGI.
As a kid, I remember living in the projects
in the Renton Highlands, and the guy up
the street owned a fifty pound cat that was
the bane of all the dogs in the neighborhood.
And yeah, we loved our spaniel Taffy,
even though she became quite daffy
in her old age, going outside to pee,
forgetting why she went out, only to
come back inside and pee on the carpet.
Anyone who actually thinks they have control
over their mutt, has to face poop patrol.
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