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Cat leads dog home by its leash. [slyt | via]
posted by quin (35 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I hope this is another Nathan for You segment. Maybe he convinced a dog walking business to outsource all their labor to cats.
posted by mullacc at 10:38 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Like anyone would ever willingly employ a cat.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:39 AM on March 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Nice title.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:42 AM on March 27, 2013 [13 favorites]


The dog is wondering at whose home he's been dropped off.

The cat is wondering if this door is far enough away from home to keep the dog away permanently.
posted by leftcoastbob at 10:42 AM on March 27, 2013 [19 favorites]


This is more or less what Nature has always intended for the cat-dog interaction.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:45 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


If they could just work a "poom" in there, it would be gold.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:46 AM on March 27, 2013 [10 favorites]


pussy whipped
posted by nathancaswell at 10:47 AM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our new cat overlords . . .
posted by Peach at 10:51 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Poor cat. It's just trying to bring the interesting big string back to it's stash, and that creepy dog is following it, pretending to be all casual and stuff.
posted by eviemath at 10:54 AM on March 27, 2013 [12 favorites]


Now we just need to hook those guys up with these guys, and maybe get, I dunno, a gerbil to lead the cat.
posted by darksasami at 11:05 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kinky.
posted by Decani at 11:07 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Like anyone would ever willingly employ a cat.

Like a cat would ever willingly work for anyone.
posted by carter at 11:09 AM on March 27, 2013 [11 favorites]


It would be much more entertaining the other way around.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:14 AM on March 27, 2013


I don't know why this is surprising. All cats believe other creatures are there for either their leisure, pleasure or service. If my cat knew about leashes, she'd try to fit me with one and drag me to the fridge several times a day.
posted by MuffinMan at 11:19 AM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


It looks to me like the cat is not just leading the dog around but also a human with a video camera.
posted by sendai sleep master at 11:34 AM on March 27, 2013 [19 favorites]


...and half of MetaFilter.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:36 AM on March 27, 2013 [23 favorites]


There's a theory about dogs that they self-domesticated, scavenging around human campsites until they became acclimated enough just to live with humans, which was mutually beneficial. I think this was just the most successful example of dogs self domesticating, and, if you watch them, they'll try to self domesticate with anything they think might feed them. Snails. Clumps of grass. Rocks.

It's not very dignified, but evolution rarely is.

Dog becomes elephant's pet
Dog wants to be pig's pet
Dogs become pets to baboons
Dog becomes cheeta's pet
Owl takes dog for pet
Dog wants to be polar bear pet
The two lions share a pet dog
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:05 PM on March 27, 2013 [32 favorites]


Rick Santorum was right. First, gay marriage, now this. End times, people, end times.
posted by sonascope at 12:05 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


If only. No way I'm getting out of my work deadlines that easily!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:11 PM on March 27, 2013


The two lions share a pet dog

What that dog is doing to that lion is very undignified! Does that dog have no pride?
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:20 PM on March 27, 2013


Of course not, Genji. Dogs have many fine qualities, but pride is not among them.
posted by Scientist at 12:32 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Okay, I'll be THAT person, since no one else has.

My cat will claim any long, rope-like thing as her new bestest toy ever. When she finds one, she immediately works to free it from anything keeping it stationary (including a human), and she then drags it to one of her many dens around the house (i.e. empty cardboard boxes).

What you see here is a cat trying to take a leash back to its den, but for the annoying fact that there's a dog attached to it.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:40 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Like a cat would ever willingly work for anyone.

My cat willingly works as my wife's alarm clock. He dutifully wakes her every morning with gentle taps.*

At about 4 a.m.

*claws in the face
posted by mrgoat at 12:49 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


My dogs would never go with my cat. They know he only barely tolerates their existence, and they have just enough brains between them to figure he would be taking them back to the shelter.
posted by MissySedai at 12:52 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Does that dog have no pride?

I see what you did there.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:12 PM on March 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Cat needs dog to open the fridge.
posted by Namlit at 2:49 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's a theory about dogs that they self-domesticated, scavenging around human campsites until they became acclimated enough just to live with humans, which was mutually beneficial.

We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us.
posted by homunculus at 3:13 PM on March 27, 2013


BBC Horizon did a fantastic episode about the early interactions between dogs and humans and how they influenced each other (and still do today)

The Secret Life of the Dog

It's the full episode and really, really worth the watch.
posted by quin at 3:30 PM on March 27, 2013


I'm now disturbed by the baboon/dog video. Baboons steal puppies??? and then the puppies become part of the family??
posted by evening at 4:25 PM on March 27, 2013


Well, we do the same thing.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 5:08 PM on March 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


I've watched my cat climb onto countertops, open boxes and sit there flicking crackers to the waiting dachshund below. Believe me, they are in cahoots against the humans.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 7:14 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dogs become pets to baboons

That was really cool.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:54 PM on March 27, 2013


We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us.

In the paleobotany class I took as an elective we discussed how humans likely weren't the cause of megafauna extinctions after the Ice Age, it was actually climate change and changing habitat.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:55 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bunny Ultramod: Owl takes dog for pet
One of my buddies is a master falconer. He explains that his hawk views him as a food dispenser/perch, mostly.

His dog, on the other hand, regularly flushes prey out of the bushes for the hawk to hunt, which is presumably a lot of fun for the hawk (given how much of its life is aimed at doing just that). The dog is the hawk's special friend.
posted by IAmBroom at 12:35 PM on March 28, 2013


Revenge for this.
posted by radwolf76 at 5:15 PM on March 29, 2013


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