Cooper and Italy
Dogs With Jobs, and Freeloading Cats
Cooper and Italy are guide dogs who begin their workday in the CNIB¹ coffee room. While waiting for Pat and Kay to make coffee and talk endlessly, the dogs have time to compare perspectives on life as a dog.
Cooper needs Italy’s perspective on a crosswalk incident, that happened the other day on his walk with Pat.
Cooper: Italy, something happened the other day at a crosswalk
Italy: Something, like what?
Cooper: Just as we stepped off the curb, two dogs on the other side, jumped and barked for joy at seeing us
Italy: Did they know you?
Cooper: I don’t think so, they are freeloaders…
Italy: How do you know that?
Cooper: Their human said, “See that black lab over there? He has a job, you two are freeloaders.”
Italy: They’re good negotiators then…
Cooper: What does that have to do with freeloaders?
Italy: It means they got a good deal on food and lodging. They’re smart — once they negotiated the deal, they were in, free everything, plus they get walks…
Cooper: Do they get treats?
Italy: I doubt it, they don’t do anything after the deal’s been made…
Cooper: I live with two cats — they’re freeloaders.
Italy: All cats are freeloaders.
Cooper: Ya, Pat says Zoey, the cat, looked pitiful, laid across the doorway hoping to trip someone up, and she made it inside.
Italy rolls her eyes
Cooper: And that’s not all, she constantly occupies my bed, and challenges children for their blankets.
Italy: That makes no sense! Doesn’t she have a bed?
Cooper: Yes, she has a couple of beds but she hogs my bed AND the humans’ bed, as though she owns them.
Italy: Owns what? the beds…