Google’s gone to the dogs (and not in a good way)

One of my new favourite blogs, Catsparella, posted today about Google’s anti-cat policy. She quotes a bit from Google’s Corporate Code of Conduct, to whit:

Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out. For more on this, see our Dog Policy.

“We like cats, but we’re a dog company.”

Wow, Google, really? REALLY? I’m not going to go all crazy cat woman and point out how that passage would have read in past eras of American history, with different nouns in place of “Cat” and “Dog” in that sentence, and how discriminatory that is, but…seriously? Is that something you really want to have said?

Cats are a more popular pet in this country than dogs, Google. You are a public company. You may want to rethink your “Dog Policy.” Not to mention, it’s a well-known fact that the internet loves cats (just Google it!)…are you sure you want to step on its tail?


(And I’m not even going to say how much Jacoby would enjoy visiting Google’s offices and how much he would not be stressed out by Google, its offices or its dogs, either.)

Aby-a-Day – September 26: Riding the rails (Hipstamatic Monday)

Most of the cat shows we go to are beyond the reach of public transportation, so we have to drive. However, since my husband works out in the suburbs, I usually take the Commuter Rail with the cats and meet him out there; that way, he doesn’t have to backtrack in and out of the city on a Friday evening, and we get to have a little adventure.

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Kylie’s not a huge fan of the train, but she’s happy as long as she’s in the carrier.

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Jacoby, on the other hand, loves to ride the train…

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…as long as he’s not in the carrier!

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He absolutely loves looking out the windows. Other passengers were amazed at how quiet and relaxed he was once the train started moving and there was scenery to watch.

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I think he actually prefers the Commuter Rail to the subway. It’s faster and the view out the window is better.

Also…I think one of the photos on Hipstamaticat today is an Abyssinian…If so, bonus!

Photographing Abyssinians

I was looking for something (I am always looking for something) online and I came across this fascinating story of a professional photographer’s photo shoot with a group of Abyssinians. Not only are there some great photos, but her non-cat-person point of view is really interesting to read.


The photographs taken were for a New Zealand veterinary magazine called “Two Cats, One Dog,” and the issue with article about Abys isn’t available yet as it’s going to be in the Autumn 2001 edition. All issues of the magazine are available online for free, as long as you register with the website. Of course, I’ll be checking back to see when the article – and the photos! – are available. I can’t wait!