As all of us know, there are two kinds of people: dog people and cat people. I see the divide every day, both at my office (Trisha: cat person / Abby: dog person) and at home (husband: cat person / me: dog person). Sometimes the two sides are nasty toward one another (woof, hiss), sometimes they co-exist uneasily.
Bradley Trevor Greive attempts to wrestle cat people into submission with his gracefully argued and beautifully illustrated new book, Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats, published today by Andrews McMeel. Dog people: we love this book title, don’t we? Why beat around the bush when the point you are trying to make is crystal clear: dogs are better than cats, and Greive (author of the bestseller The Blue Day Book) proves it repeatedly.
Here’s a sample:
To dogs, you are the leader of the pack, their savior and guiding light. You are the beautiful, warm, nurturing star around which their world revolves, the emotional center of their universe.
To cats, a human being is basically a vertical speed bump, a fabric-wrapped monolith, or a fleshy tree simulator.
Greive tries to be fair and balanced by including a chapter called “The Downside of Dogs,” but it’s less than convincing. His true feelings come through loud and clear in the book’s closing passage: “Life without dogs is too awful to contemplate.”
Two paws-up for Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats — sure to be a favorite gift for dog-lovers this holiday season. To win a free copy, leave a comment and tell us which side you’re on!
UPDATE: We’ve selected a winner, but you’re still welcome to take sides in the cats-vs-dogs debate.