Cats and Dogs 101": An Excellent TV Series for Pet LoversPublished January 5, 2010
Love cats and dogs? Want to learn more about the different breeds? It really doesn't matter which of the species is your preference, because there are two great TV shows now being featured on the Animal Planet channel. The other night, quite by accident, while curled up on the couch, completely wrapped up in my snuggly "TV blanket", I was looking forward to watching a really good movie. I hoped that my husband, with his innate talent for and skillful manipulation of the TV remote, that he would find a really exciting film. Bored to tears, and desperately wanting some serious entertainment to stimulate my brain, I waited with baited breath for a movie to begin. Of course, the moment I relaxed, as my husband surfed the channels, our two Oriental Short Hair cats assumed their favorite position, plastered on their cherished spot; my hip! Then, all of a sudden, while my husband was clicking the remote, quite by accident he landed on a show that totally caught not only my interest but our cats sat up, their eyes glued to the screen. We discovered "Cats 101"! During this delightful 30 minute program, we had the opportunity to learn more about some amazing breeds. I was fascinated by the Selkirk Rex, and to learn that this breed of cat is the only one that was named for a person; a beloved step-father's family name. Read more about this fascinating breed by visiting: www.petside.com/breeds/selkirk-rex.php I really enjoyed the short quizzes that were intermingled with information about all the featured breeds. We continued to watch two more interesting episodes. I instantly added it to our "season passes" on our DVR. I guess I am just that cat-crazy! Some folks wonder if cats can actually see images on the TV screen. While I suspect that some cats could care less about television, but our highly visually developed cat, Hubble, was on it like white-on-rice. He was completely drawn into the program, flicking the end of his tail, with his whiskers pointed forward. In a flash he jumped off my hip and sitting mesmerized in front of the screen. Every time a cat meowed or chirped, his reactions demonstrated that he was totally involved. I had to laugh as I recalled that years ago, as a very young cat, while he watched a special video for cats, "Kitty TV", he actually attempted to get behind the set, in total hunting position, to catch the squirrels and birds that were taunting him. He just knew they were trapped inside that "box". I have not yet checked out "Dogs 101" but I bet for dog lovers this will also be a treasure to view. While "experts" in both species may find these programs somewhat basic, there is always something new to learn! The series is really invaluable to anyone considering adding a pedigree kitten or puppy to their household, as they provide excellent information. I give the shows a rating of "4 paws up"! Cat lovers will enjoy checking out http://animal.discovery.com/tv/cats-101/ for interesting facts and terrific feline humor. For your viewing pleasure, the schedule for "Cats 101" can be found at: http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/weekly.html And for canine devotees, the schedule for "Dogs 101" can be obtained by visiting: http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=15.14743.127416.37058.1 For those who have already watched the shows, please do leave a comment sharing your opinion.