Who is Cat-dog?
By Matt Marine
Lots of people ask me, "Who is Cat-Dog and why do you call her that?"
Great questions. Cat-Dog, more commonly known as Cammie, is my family's 2 year-old Border Collie / Australian Shepherd / maybe something else mix we rescued from a Border Collie rescue shelter when she was about six months old.
She's a smart little pup who has a lot of energy and causes a great amount of mischief (and also joy) in our lives. She loves to go hiking and biking with me, but doesn't really like my four-wheeling adventures (she curls up in the back seat until we get to someplace she can stretch her legs).
Now, why do I call her Cat-Dog? To answer that, you've got to know a little more about me. I'm a cat person. We currently have four cats (and I could easily have more). Don't get me wrong, I love dogs too, but I've always been a cat person.
About a year before we got Cammie, a friend of ours told us that she thought a small dog would be coming into our lives and that it would be "my" dog. I didn't believe her. My wife had always been the dog person.
Then Cammie came to live with us. As much as I resisted it, Cammie and I seemed to be drawn together. When I would get out the shoelace to play with the cats, she would come over and play like she was one of them. She'd rather play with a string than a ball. She will catch lizards out in the back yard and play with them like a cat. Her favorite treat are, you guessed it, cat treats. She has so many cat-like traits that she became known as Cat-Dog (also to pay homage to one of my kids favorite cartoons when they were growing up).
So, that's her story and I'm sticking with it. If you ever see us out on a trail, come over and say hello, and don't forget the cat treats!