Taking Tea in the Kasbah

It’s that time again, astute readers. Another Wednesday, another question…

But first, let’s reminisce about last week’s question, shall we? Y’all were given the choice between getting a year off at your current rate of pay or the chance to earn three times your rate of pay over the next year. A little over half of you chose to go for the extra earnings citing a wide range of reasons, from loving what you do so much that you couldn’t bear the thought of taking a year away, to desiring the extra money to do things like feed your tribe of cats. Amazing and noble.

The rest of you were having moreΒ carpe diem-flavored thoughts, seizing the day (and the year) and living it as fully as you can. I can appreciate the in-the-moment-ness of it all. It’s something I continue to struggle with and would like to become better at in my life.

So what did I choose? Normally I’d be all over the time off. Getting to sleep in, opportunities to travel, sleeping in, more time to write and read, sleeping in…

But, since I’ve been at home with a bonus four days off of work due to snow and ice (and the fact that my little city is incredibly ill-equipped for such wintry weather with only 1% of the roads plowed in the six days after the snow fell), I’m more than a little concerned about the fate of my agency as it tries to weather this storm (pun unfortunately intended). And because of that, I’m more than a little worried about my job and money. So, when I have all of THOSE CHEERFUL THOUGHTS, I want to choose three times my pay for the next year. Because that would mean I definitely have a job and extra moolah and ideally, less stress about it all.

And now, on to this week’s question, inspired by my cat and my current search for the perfect dog to get along with him…

Would you rather

live the life of a cat

Snow day activities

Snow day activities

– OR –

the life of a dog?


World’s most happy-go-lucky (and spoiled) dog


So, which will it be, fine readers? Are you drawn more to the life of the cat with his 18 hour naps and killer lounging skillz? Or do you see yourself more as a dog, running outside, chasing balls, and going for walks? Mull it over while you relax in the kasbah and sip your freshly steeped tea. I always love to hear from you.

19 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Would You Rather Question: Cat or Dog?

  1. Um… I think maybe dogs have more fun, so I think I’d rather be a dog. After all, they can still sleep whenever they feel like it too. πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh, I knew this would be more complicated than the eternal are-you-a-cat-person-or-a-dog-person question. Not that that’s an easy question for me, dog person living with 2 cats.

    I love dogs, their devotion, their loyalty. How noble to be a dog. Perhaps it is my mood at the moment, overwhelmed with the numerous tasks on my plate. Perhaps it is the job of mom that never ever ends and this month has been particularly trying (in a good way). Right here, right now, I’m going with cat. Nine lives worth would be too many, but I wouldn’t mind one life of self-pampering.

    • Cats really know how to do the self care, don’t they? My cat always finds a way to get his needs met, whether that’s a toasty warm place to sleep during the day (buried under the covers on my bed) or a comfy lap to snuggle upon to get a good back and head scratch.

      • ‘Really know how to do the self care.’

        Gee, Tami, when you put it like that, cats sound a lot like husbands.

  3. I love the idea of being queen, like a cat, but I also love the idea of being cuddled all of the time, like a dog. Guess I’m needy for love more than for comfort so I’m going with dog on this one. Not sure that made sense. Well. Anyway.

    • Makes total sense. Dogs seem to be always ready to give and receive love. Cats are a bit moodier when it comes to that.

  4. So last week while you were having fun-in-the-snow days, we were freezing our buns. And one night the husband came in cursing because he’d slipped in the dog doo on the back walkway. Seems our perfect puppy doesn’t like doing his business in the frozen grass. Which, well, I can kind of see. So for that reason alone, I’ll choose being a cat, so I can do my doo in a box in the house where it’s warm. πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, I’m freezing my buns off down here, trust me. We had a record low of -5 degrees on Saturday night. I haven’t had that since I lived in Illinois! And in this weather, I would totally want to be a cat with a litter box inside the house. My cat is an indoor cat, but I’d bet he wouldn’t want to step into the cold snow to do his business, either.

  5. At first, I was going to say, dog. Because I love my son’s dog, Makita. But now I’m thinking about all the ACTIVITY that is involved in being a dog. If I were a cat, I could do my stretches and my yoga, and then just rest and be graceful. As a cat, I would have occasional runs with Makita, but I would not be so dependent on them. Plus I think I would like leaping up to tall places – and teasing Makita.

    So, put me down for a cat!

    • Ooh, I hadn’t thought about the gracefulness and ultra-flexibility of cats. And being able to fit into small spaces or leap on top of high places would be way fun.

    • I figured you would choose the life of a cat, Elizabeth. πŸ™‚ No, I hadn’t seen that video. How funny to see the power cats have over dogs much bigger than themselves!

  6. on ,
    marcia said:

    I think I’ll go with the life of a dog. Not sure what kind of dog… but dog it is!
    I kinda do think they have more fun than a lot of cats I know.

    • Dogs do seem to have a lot of fun, especially compared to the relatively uneventful life of an indoor cat.

  7. I must go with the dog since I’ve never owned a cat. They also seem to get more of the people food (not mine…of course, not mine) and they get to go places with their people.

    • Yes, dogs do get to have a life outside of the house in a way that cats simply don’t. And getting to have some people food is a definite perk, especially snacks of peanut butter, cheese, or ice cream that a certain dog I know gets quite often. πŸ™‚

    • Sorry! I’ve been gone for a while, trying to regroup and re-energize for more antics in the kasbah. I’ll be returning soon! Thanks for looking for me. I’ve missed chatting with everyone. πŸ™‚

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