Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cats that look like hitler, the ginger edition.

For the past 6 and a half years, my faithful companion, bed hog and personal trainer has been my Jack Russell/Schnauzer Lucy.  Because of her terrier background, she's a big fan of chasing any critters.  In Vancouver, there was an abundance of creatures to chase, the most popular being squirrels, raccoons and skunks (she was subject to an attack by the latter as a pup)  In Germany however, there are a lack of creatures for her to take on.  We've seen the odd squirrel (and odd they are since they're red) but maybe a handful of times in the past year and a bit.  In our neighborhood though, there are an abundance of cats.  And my dog and cats have a tainted history.

As a pup, Lucy used to think they were a source of great fascination and would attempt to play with them.  However, being part Schnauzer, she's a big fan of using her voice and to entice them to play with her, she would bark and growl at them.  No cat took kindly to this and would either run away and/or hiss at her.  Then came my ex-mother in laws cats.  Again, fascinated with them, Lucy would coax them into playing, but they just hid and the odd time a paw would poke out from under the couch and swipe Lucy in the face and then she cried like she was being murdered.

Every morning when we go for a walk, it's like witnessing the food chain hierachy in front of my building.  There's almost always a cat spying a bird under a tree and Lucy sniffs out the cat.  The cat jumps on the fence and the bird flies away.  Most mornings, it feels like our walk is more cat hunt than pee break and I'm usually left with the cheesy Elton John tune "Circle of Life" in my head.

Except for evil cat.  Evil cat tries to stalk and attack Lucy. It's not the first German cat I've met that attempts to stalk my dog.  Something ain't right in the cat milk when cats attack dogs, but I digress.

Flashback to a few months ago, when a friend of mine sent me a link to this site. I'm not sure what's worse: that there's a website for cats that look like Hitler or that me (among others) finds great amusement in it.  Considering the history of where I live, any reference to Hitler or WWII makes me uncomfortable. I often get the impression that the whole history surrounding Hitler and WWII is a bit of a dark cloud in these parts so the fact that I find humor in the cats that look like Hitler website makes it even more awkward and taboo feeling.

And then my friend K, showed me a picture of her cat.  And all taboo and awkwardness was out the window.  I hereby present you... Ginger Hitler!
Samy (aka Ginger Hitler) courtesy of K (Samy gave granted permission to use)

And I just couldn't hold back my shock, awe and amazement.  It's one thing to see the cats on the website, but to put a face to a name (so to speak) is truly amazing.  The fact that he sits there so regally and with such an "authoritarian" look is amazing.  The Canadian in me still feels like it's politically incorrect to laugh at Samy, but if Samy is anything like his owner, he has a great sense of humor and finds comedy in his likeliness.


The Accidental Expat said...

I believe the correct term is "Kittler."

The Accidental Expat said...

I'm going to hell in a handcart for this but I can't resist...