Dear Tell All: I'm writing in response to Dog Catcher's question as to why his (I assume it's a he 'cause it's a stupid question) neighbors walk their cat on a leash (12/17/2010).
I've got two cats; both grew up feral in my neighborhood. The first cat I got was very attached to my dog. When I took my dog out, I'd bring my cat out on a leash so she could be with us. When I bring her leash down she gets very happy, meowing.
Only irresponsible, stupid cat owners let their cats run loose. There is too much disease and trouble for a cat to get into.
Why don't you put out a couple bucks and buy the 2011 Humane Society Dane County calendar. The cat for January enjoys going out on a leash!
Dog & Cat Human
Dear Human: I received a lot of letters on this topic. What I really liked about this one was the slam in the first sentence: "I assume it's a he 'cause it's a stupid question."
Just what does that say about how the writer views men? And even more puzzling, why did I also assume that the original question came from a man?
Some people would say, "There are no stupid questions." Well that's just crap. Of course there are stupid questions. For example, "Is there a problem, officer?" Stupid question. If you've been pulled over and a cop is shining a flashlight in your face, there's a problem.
"Is it me?" Equally stupid question. If you have to ask, then yes, it's you, especially if whoever you're asking responds, "No, it's not you; it's me." Then it's definitely you. Or is it me? Now I'm confused.
Dear Tell All: What's the meaning of life?
Dear Curious: Seriously? Look, on a normal day I could handle a question like this, but not today. I was out too late enjoying a few too many beers at the Rathskeller. Luckily, my editor is in worse shape than I am, so he probably won't even get around to reading this column. So what do ya say we just let this one slide, and I'll be back in full form next week? Deal?
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