How Animals Teach Us to be Human

There’s something about pets and this time of year…

Mitch Teemley


The animals I’ve loved have taught me far more than I’ve taught them. For example: Animal behaviorists say that cats are loners. And this is sometimes mistaken for proof that cats don’t care. False. I know this because I’m a loner, and the person that first taught me to care was a tiger-striped tabby named Zipper.

We moved to the L.A. suburb of La Mirada when I was seven. I was a dreamy only-child who lived in his head and had yet to find a friend. Then one day I heard screaming two houses up the block. I ran to see what was going on and discovered a man beating a skinny little cat with a broom. The man’s daughter had trapped it under a milk basket, claiming it followed her home. So the overstressed (make that evil) man decided “to teach the cat a lesson.” By killing it. Without thinking, I…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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2 Responses to How Animals Teach Us to be Human

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    L-O-V-E it! I have a whole category just on things learned from our dogs. Amazing, yeah?! Ya gotta love somebody who loves animals.


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