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Bad Rap

October 30, 2019

October is always a good time to talk about cats. Maybe, because of their association with Halloween and the superstitions that go along with it, cats through the ages have gotten a bad rap. From the Middle Ages, when they were persecuted and often killed, to modern times when many false notions still exist, cats have had a bad reputation. Especially black cats. Here are some of the incredulous beliefs that have plagued them.

Because of their color, black cats are a sign of death and bad luck, much like ravens and crows.

If a black cat walks toward you, it brings good luck. If it walks away, it takes the luck with them.

If a cat jumps over a grave, the deceased will rise as a vampire.

Possessing a black cat is good luck, coming across one accidentally is bad.

In Indonesia, pouring water on a cat will make it rain (because the cat takes revenge).

If a cat sleeps with all four paws tucked it, bad weather is on the way.

Dreaming of cats means bad luck.

A cat sneezing means money is coming your way. In reality, it might mean your cat is sick, as we discovered this past summer.

Finding any white fur on a black cat means good luck, which probably stems from the belief that if any white fur was found on a black cat thought to belong to a witch, it would be spared.

On the other hand, in Japan, black cats are a symbol of prosperity, and a woman with a cat is thought to attract more suitors.

British sailors thought cats brought good luck and wanted one on their ship to catch the mice.

In Ireland, a black cat on the porch meant good luck.

In ancient Egypt, cats were considered divine and thought to have gods dwelling within them. They were often mummified along with their owners when they died.

In view of all this craziness is it any wonder that mass killings of cats spread across Europe? In an effort to eradicate the bad omens cats were thought to represent, they were destroyed, and as a result, the population of rats with the fleas that carried the Plague exploded. And we all know where that led.

Perhaps this is why even today cats are often considered aloof, not affectionate, and even expendable. Black cats especially still have a stigma, but these notions couldn’t be further from the truth. As the owner of a black cat, I will testify he likes nothing better than to spend his time napping on a lap or simply sitting in a window. He’s never had an evil intention in his life, although he does love to knock things off the table. As for cats not being affectionate, I guess our two never heard about that, because they are as friendly and people-oriented as the dogs. Maybe even more so! Knowing cats can be such great companions, it’s hard to realize shelters everywhere are so full of cats. One shelter in Indiana recently reported having 500 cats in residence. 500! How sad they are still allowed to overpopulate when there are so few forever homes. Spay and neuter is the only solution.

On Halloween, please be aware of your pets’ safety and keep them inside or at least enclosed somewhere. Not everyone has their best interests in mind, and allowing them to roam free is asking for trouble. The true evil lies with someone who might abuse them. Don’t let your pet become a victim.




Have a safe and Happy Halloween!




A Dog’s Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012

By Zeke Kubash

            I know I’m just a dog and most people don’t believe I think about these things, but if I could talk here is what I would tell you. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for a lot of things, but mostly I’m thankful that:

1) I have a nice home with people who love me and who put up with my doggy shenanigans.

 2) I have food every day and a warm place to sleep.

 3) I’m not in a shelter because (a) my people got sick or died or became unemployed and couldn’t care for me anymore, (b) they moved and couldn’t take me with them, (c) they got tired of me and the care I require, (d) I became old and inconvenient, (e) a new baby came into the home, (f) our home was swept away in some natural disaster and we have no place to live.

4) I have a fenced in backyard to play in to my heart’s content.

 5) I go for a walk everyday (well, almost every day).

6) I have the veterinary care that keeps me healthy.

7) I’ll get a little turkey in my dish on Thanksgiving (but not the bones!).

8) I have a sister FooFoo. (Hmm, not really too sure about that.)

9) I get to go for car rides.

10) I can bark at the world going by my window.

11) I can chase the squirrels away from the bird feeders.

12) I can sit by dad in his recliner at night and know I’m wanted.

I guess you can see that Zeke’s list is really about the simple joys that dogs (and yes, even cats) find in life, but many animals aren’t able to enjoy them. So at this holiday season, please remember those pets whose lives have been disrupted and who are in need of new homes and families to love them. A big thank you to all those who work so tirelessly to help homeless animals, and a special thanks to the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart charities, and all rescue groups who are continuing to help the animals impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Many pets were separated from their families during this disaster and without the help of these national organizations might not be able to reunite with them. I’m sure for all of them, people and pets alike, they are most thankful for just being together again.

May we all be thankful for the the simple things that are really important in life.

Welcome to the Zeke Chronicles!

May 18, 2012

Hi and thanks for stopping by. This is my new blog and this is my dog Zeke. He’s an almost 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier (some people call them Parson Russell but I think Jack fits much better). We’ve had Zeke since he was just a little fella (about 10 weeks old) and even though I’ve owned dogs all my life, I have to confess that being owned by a Jack Russell was a whole new experience for my family and me. They are truly unique little dogs. I could go on and on about that, but the reason I started this blog was to tie it in with a little column I write called the Pet Corner. It’s appears once a month in Mailmax, a small weekly paper that’s published in my area. The Pet Corner is dedicated to helping pet owners live better lives with their furry kids; but most of all The Pet Corner tries to help whenever possible to draw attention to the many pets living in shelters who would like nothing better than to find forever homes. I try to make readers aware of activities in the area that help support our local humane society and several rescue groups, but sometimes it’s just fun stuff about everyday life with pets. And sometimes Zeke himself takes over and writes a column! (I did mention what a unique little dog he is, didn’t I?) So I hope you’ll stop by often and see what’s happening. I plan to post more pictures of our pets who also include Foofoo, the crazy Pomeranian, and Spidercat, who was once upon a time a skinny shelter cat. I’ll also post some of my older, most favorite Pet Corner columns here. If you love pets, this is the place for you. Hope to “see” you again here soon.