This weekend, I participated in another benefit vaccine clinic for a county Humane Society that I work with regularly.
It was an awesome turn out so they made decent money to help continue the wonderful work they do taking in homeless and sick animals and finding good, forever homes for them.
In any case, I invariably hear things at these events that make me cringe or laugh.
This one was pretty good, though of course, full of the usual fully nutted dogs (always drives me crazy!) Sadly, yes, there are stereotypes that are true in vet medicine too and there are a group of dog owners (of various races and backgrounds) that just are beyond too attached to their dog's nuts. In any case, this is not about THAT. I do, however, always notice these things.
A lady made a comment I hear a fair bit - and not just at vaccine clinics. When someone finds a cat, especially a larger, long haired cat or an all grey cat, they always jump to the "He's a breed X!"
Let me tell you, he is generally a domestic longhair or domestic shorthair (DLH or DSH) not a Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat or Russian Blue. I just find it amusing that people take some pride in that and somehow know those three breeds (those are the ones that always come up). There are a lot more cat breeds of course and I can tell you that most stray large long hair cats are NOT Maine Coons. I don't know if they think they found "treasure" or what but they beam when they think they've gotten something more than a regular old "alley cat", as the older generations used to call them.
The thing is, these cats are often gorgeous and wonderful pets, no matter what their DNA says!