Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rivalries Do Not Have to Keep Us Apart

Many moons ago when I was a teacher of junior high, one of the schools where I taught had an annul play that the 7th and 8th graders would put on. One year they performed the classic musical by Rogers and Hammerstein called Oklahoma. I doubt many people born after 1970 have ever seen the musical. But the original movie production (starring Shirley "Partridge" Jones) has some unforgettable classic song and dance routines. One of my favorites is the song "Territory Folk Should Stick Together," otherwise known as "Oh the Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends." Here is a YouTube video of the rowdy song.

 

 A few years later another musical came out that also featured a rivalry -- this time it was between two local gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The opening number of Westside Story in 1961 introduced the rival gangs in a classic dance scene that simulated fighting through dance. 


Now, if you took the time to watch those two videos in their entirety, you are nearly 15 minutes into this blog post. If you skipped the videos, that's okay too. I'm not asking you to vote on which you prefer: the Cowman or the Farmer? or the Jets over the Sharks?

Kasi (left) and Mtani (right)
Instead, I thought of these two classic rivalries earlier today when I saw a story that actually came out a few months ago. It was in the UK Daily Mail, and featured an animal friendship between a cat and a dog. In fact, the article was titled "Who said cats and dogs can't be friends?" The story features some amazing pictures of these unlikely companions in Tampa, Florida.Kasi the Cheetah and Mtani the Labrador are inseparable, and their friendship shows that even natural enemies can find common ground.

So, my only question is this: which would Mtani prefer as a chew toy: an antler or a ChurpiChew? These rival treats can co-exist side by side on the same store shelf or in your cupboard.

You'll find lots of naturally healthy dog treats at AntlersAnd Chews.com.