By The Rules (R8-)

By The Rules (R8-)

I knew a young upper class talking cat
who went to a trés chic hospital
with all the most enlightened accommodations:

they had singers and musicians
comics, spiritual healers and
shamans of all kinds
chanters and meditators
prayers

But they had manuals
for what to do for every contingency

Despite all, the cat reported some anxiety

That’s when after consulting the manual,
they brought in the therapy dog

The healers all got bitten and scratched
but they prayed with ferocity

The cat went elsewhere for a face lift
and the dog did stand-up comedy
in a club that bars all cats

— Douglas Gilbert

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2 thoughts on “By The Rules (R8-)

  1. Just goes to show that the same treatment doesn’t work for every patient. I’m glad the cat and dog both seemed to do ok in the end though. I know it’s not anywhere near the same but this one sort of reminds me of that saying “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Some sources say it’s an Albert Einstein quote but there are other pages disputing that, so who knows who said it to begin with but it still makes a good point.

    1. I like that quote. Now I just have to decide what kind of animal I am to maximize my genius and find the animal-lovers of the right species…

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