Happy Cat Herder’s Day!

From Urban Dictionary: “…the common saying that something involving coordination of many different groups or people is as difficult as herding cats. ”

The phrase is supposed to reveal a sense of frustration when trying to deal with uncooperative groups.

You can use the phrase in just about any capacity. Just say something like “Managing (programmers, kids, your choice of whatever) is like herding cats”.

In recognition of this wonderful holiday:

1. Funny Cat Herder Mug

Funny Cat Herder Mug

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16 Responses to “Happy Cat Herder’s Day!”

  1. 35am07 Reply

    Why Does My Dog Sigh? I have a wonderful, sweet dog. Border Collie/Cattle Herder mix. Any time she lays down she sighs deeply and I just wonder what that means. I love it when she does it – think it’s cute. She is happy all the time and I wonder if the sighing just isn’t a sign of contentment….don’t know though. Would love to hear a from someone who knows! Thanks!

    • I have had a couple of dogs in the past and they have all done that too, im not sure why mind you. I also have 2 cats and they sigh while laying down as well.

  2. Seeker Reply

    Is A 13 Month Old Dog Too Old To Train? A friend of mine is looking for someone to adopt her 13 month old Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog. She says the dog is well trained, but does jump on people when they enter the house. I’m wondering if a 13 month old dog is too old to train to stop bad habits as well as learn new tricks. Also, any insight on that breed mix would be great. Thanks!!!!

    • Dogs can be trained at any age. This one is still a puppy and even if the training has been limited, it will not be a problem if you have the time and patience to be dedicated.

      A border collie is a great dog but one of the more extreme breeds. They are a serious working dog and need a job to do or they can get very bored and very very destructive. They must have a suitable outlet for all that intelligence. Also, they are very very high energy. They need lots of space and lots of exercise. Extraordinary exercise for two hours per day would be an absolute minimum. These dogs are not usually good around small children. They are natural instinctual herders and so have a tendency to herd children and people, and therefore, they can nip at them as they would nip at the heels of cattle to move them around.

      You need to be sure you have the space and life style that would be good for the dog to be a good match so that you both can be happy. Shelters are full of these dogs because they were bought because of the way they look or the color of their eyes. While they are great dogs, they are not easy, and can be more of a challenge than some are willing to take. Just having a fenced back yard is not enough for this dog. They need a focus. They are great agility dogs. As with all dogs, you should, and hopefully the present owner has already done this, socialize this dog well other types of animals (cats, dogs, birds, whatever) and people so that you and the dog can have a happy and well balanced life. I would urge you to do some research and consider carefully. This breed is not for everyone. That said, if you think you fit the description and have an active life style and you have some talent for training or are willing to hire a professional trainer to help you, it would be a great dog for you and your family (your family should want the dog and be appropriate for the breed as well) if you have the time. Good luck.

  3. Eugene K. Reply

    Why Is There Such A Social Stigma Associated With Eating Cats In This Country? I realize that there are different cultures (and not all people have a problem with this, just the hypocrites), but why does society view certain animals as ok to eat, then consider you a monster or terrible person for eating others? Cats, dogs, horses, etc??? you are disgusting and dishonorable for eating them; but cows, pigs, chickens: to hell with them, eat as much as you want. There have even been some laws passed recently banning slaughter houses from processing horse meat and some other animals. Makes no sense, there are people here from other countries that eat these animals. Is seems that we would rather just let them go to waste. Is it because they are cute? Some people won???t eat rabbits because they are cute and fluffy, but some will. Because some are popular house pets? I haven???t tasted most of these animals, but they could be delicious for as much as I know, and I wouldn???t be opposed to eating them. All the cats and dogs in animal shelters that get killed and wasted because nobody wants them, could possibly be a food source for someone. Please no stupid vegan/vegetarian answers, not looking for religious answers either, please no Asian jokes or jokes about eating pussy. It???s possible that eating stray dogs and cats might be part of a solution for feeding some of the hungry in this country, as well as controlling the animal population. And if society eventually deemed it acceptable and developed a taste for some of these animals: it could start and stimulate new farming communities. More job opportunities (makes me think of that banned super bowl commercial a few yrs ago with the cat herders). Any thoughts (that aren???t just stupid and/or mean, smart-ass comments. I enjoy humor, and the possibilities for funny jokes on this subject are endless, but I predict that the jokes posted will be childish and annoying)? Thanks for your input.

    • For one thing, they aren’t healthy for human consumption as they expose us to harmful bacteria and toxins. Although they have been used as a famine food in Central Europe.

      There is no shortage of meat in America, we do not hink it a fit practice to chop up our domestic pets. Most Americans consider it in-humane.

      Most animals sold as food in stores, and eaten in America are vegetarian (herbivores), cats are meat eaters (carnivores) and therefore considered unclean and unhealthy to our digestive system…

      80% of Americans are Christian, Jewish, or Islamic, all of which do not allow consumption of cats.

  4. Eugene K. Reply

    Why Is There Such A Social Stigma Associated With Eating Cats In This Country? I realize that there are different cultures (and not all people have a problem with this, just the hypocrites), but why does society view certain animals as ok to eat, then consider you a monster or terrible person for eating others? Cats, dogs, horses, etc??? you are disgusting and dishonorable for eating them; but cows, pigs, chickens: to hell with them, eat as much as you want. There have even been some laws passed recently banning slaughter houses from processing horse meat and some other animals. Makes no sense, there are people here from other countries that eat these animals. Is seems that we would rather just let them go to waste. Is it because they are cute? Some people won???t eat rabbits because they are cute and fluffy, but some will. Because some are popular house pets? I haven???t tasted most of these animals, but they could be delicious for as much as I know, and I wouldn???t be opposed to eating them. All the cats and dogs in animal shelters that get killed and wasted because nobody wants them, could possibly be a food source for someone. Please no stupid vegan/vegetarian answers, not looking for religious answers either, please no Asian jokes or jokes about eating pussy. It???s possible that eating stray dogs and cats might be part of a solution for feeding some of the hungry in this country, as well as controlling the animal population. And if society eventually deemed it acceptable and developed a taste for some of these animals: it could start and stimulate new farming communities. More job opportunities (makes me think of that banned super bowl commercial a few yrs ago with the cat herders). Any thoughts (that aren???t just stupid and/or mean, smart-ass comments. I enjoy humor, and the possibilities for funny jokes on this subject are endless, but I predict that the jokes posted will be childish and annoying)? Thanks for your input.

    • For one thing, they aren’t healthy for human consumption as they expose us to harmful bacteria and toxins. Although they have been used as a famine food in Central Europe.

      There is no shortage of meat in America, we do not hink it a fit practice to chop up our domestic pets. Most Americans consider it in-humane.

      Most animals sold as food in stores, and eaten in America are vegetarian (herbivores), cats are meat eaters (carnivores) and therefore considered unclean and unhealthy to our digestive system…

      80% of Americans are Christian, Jewish, or Islamic, all of which do not allow consumption of cats.

  5. Tobbers15 Reply

    Can You Teach An Old Dog To Herd Or Do Agility? I have a 7 year-old Border Collie that has never done herding and I wonder if it’s realistic to bring her to lessons at our local sheep ranch/ agility center. She has been around horses her whole life and really likes to follow them around the field when I’m out doing work. She used to try to chase them, but we have a pony that won’t take that so she approaches with caution. Same with our cats. She has a thyroid problem so she has gained a substantial amount of weight so she needs to have more exercise. Also she needs a job. I’ve always thought about getting her into agility or herding, but jogging every morning and the playing ball used to keep her in good enough shape. But now she’s older and I don’t jog on the road, plus the only ball that gets her super excited is basketballs or my soccer balls (which I don’t really want her to bite on). My vet doesn’t want her to play with basketballs because she chips her teeth. I don’t really want to compete since I already show horses seriously but, it would be nice to bring lily to the shows and help with cows. We also have cows at my barn that she could help move to the arenas when we work them with the horses. I understand that herding is something that you have to keep at and money isn’t an issue. So can I teach my old dog new tricks?

    • If she has herding instincts I’m sure you can…some dogs don’t though so don’t be upset if she isn’t very interested. It is also best to start on smaller livestock as cattle can be challenging to the best of herders and they can really hurt a dog. Most competition dogs are on ducks and sheep first and save cattle for only the most gutsy of dogs that have the heart to push the cattle. Another good exercise is frisbee or swimming, mine love it.

      Also you don’t have to have a tail docked to herd…that’s the funniest thing I ever heard. BC’s make some of the very best herders of all breeds and none are specifically docked (aussies are both natural and bobbed).

  6. Mandy Reply

    Who Thinks This Is Funny? Some people wanted to know what we do in the military all day so I am going to show you what we are not allowed to do.

    Laxative is not to be liquified and injected into the LT’s jelly via small syringe.
    Porno magazines are not the proper FM’s to show your PLT SGT/OC.
    Cherry privates are not to check for soft spots in armor or get exhaust samples.
    Rangers are not to be refered to as the guys in the funny black hats (tan hats now).
    The LT is not “my bitch”.
    CID is not to be refered to as “the crookedest motherfuckers in the division”.
    Privates are not to be told about their MRE’s “chicken and rice huh, one time I found a beak in mine”.
    Beef frankfurters are not “baby dicks or Iraqi fingers”.
    When a SAS member says “I need a fag”, you are not to say “You sick bastard I thought you guys were real men!”
    When waiting for everyone to turn sensitive items and be released from the unit after returning from the woods thou shall not say “Has anyone seen my (choose)bolt/bayonet/weapon/nods/pluggers/pyro?”
    (Submitted by Greg Kinney)

    Do not attempt to shave with fire.
    Do not throw snowballs at helicopters- if you do, do not hit the windscreen.
    Playing ???Commander Pinball??? in the hatch of a 113 can only be won if you render him unconscious. He should not be aware of this rule.
    The point of raking dirt in front of the HQ building is to teach you the error of your ways- not to create a zen rock garden.
    (Submitted by Candace Karner)

    Your rifle may not be set to stun.
    (Submitted by Dan Zelman)

    Olde English is not appropriate for any military form or document.
    (Submitted by Mike Cabera)

    At the grenade launcher range, do not yell “M-203, I choose you!”
    (Submitted by Lester Nielson)

    Do not challenge SERE grads to play hide-and-seek.
    (Submitted by Dan Davis)

    May not conduct live fire exercises at the general’s (unattended) jeep, even if it???s parked in an area clearly marked as “Live Fire Zone”.
    Do not glue magnets to LT???s compass???s.
    Must not get CO a subscription to gay porn.
    Do not leave cat food under CO???s hammock.
    (Submitted by Alex Bailleul)

    Left-handed torque wrenches do not exist.
    (Submitted by Abram Lister)

    Toy guns during a heightened state of alert/national crisis tend to overexcite security personnel. Particularly when they are in the process of breaching your room.
    “.50 caliber machineguns, M1A1 Abrams tanks, destroyers, Chinese hookers, and small guys named Bob to take care of our vehicles” cannot be purchased on the OPTAR. One must route a special request chit first.
    All special request chits require a written clarification as to why the item is desired.
    In order to ensure smooth transition of a special request chit, it is best to advice your chain of command verbally before you attempt to order a $47,000 tank.
    Especially when you are a naval unit.
    If you are going to take your military vehicle into the local herd of livestock, it is critical to do as much damage as is conceivable. Remember, less than 6 is your fault. More than 6 is the herders fault, and if there was a fence in the way it doesn’t mean jack shit to a military tribunal.
    Screaming “Kill them all and let God sort them out” while executing 28 is acceptable. Most herders don’t speak English anyway.
    Whenever the phrase “Is this crap flammable?” is heard, RUN. 9 for 10, the source of that phrase already has their zippo burning and is finding out.
    Advising the gate guard that you left your thermonuclear warhead in your other backpack is never a good idea.
    Apparently, dereliction of duty cannot only be interpreted by the one who’s derelicting their duty. Seems EVERYONE has an opinion they need to share when this happens. I mean, if you don’t KNOW what your duty is, how can you be derelict in it?
    BAH/OHA can only be authorized for places of RESIDENCE. The address of the local bar is not valid for OHA/BAH purposes. Even if the owner will cut you a lease.
    The greatest weapon we can inflict on the enemy is NOT dropping a schoolbus full of retarded children on them.
    Combining blanks and cleaning rods in the M16A2 rifle is not an acceptable means of acquiring “meat for the tribe.” It should be noted it’s a bitch unpinning a squirrel from a tree and you NEVER get your cleaning rod back.
    Scorpions should never be sources of gambling, regardless of how cool it is when you trap two in an M-60 ammo can and let them fight it out to the death UFC style.
    Specifically related to the above, betting on anything but the little clear guy makes you by default either a LOSER or a MARINE.
    Specifically related to the above, once you realize that the little clear guy is obviously the most deadly of the scorpions indigenous to the Middle East, carrying a “winner” around on your shoulder as a parrot is not a bright idea.
    It is advisable to LEARN to drive a vehicle, before claiming to be able to do so. Particularly in the case of anything that can achieve flight.
    Gonasyphaherpaloids is not a real disease.
    (Submitted by Rlyoun)

    Voices in your head do not constitute lawful orders.
    Do not try to mind-meld with your 1SG.
    Do not attempt to place subliminal messages on the power point slides.
    Grenades are not kept in the company refrigerator and they do not spoil over time if not used after they come out of the container.
    Never require the host nation personnel to refer to you as “sire”. And do not have the interpreter refer to you as “excellency”.
    Indigeneous personnel are not required to kneel before you.
    “Pax Americana” is not a proper slogan for any deployment OCONUS.
    “Rape, kill, pillage, and burn” are not annexes to the OPORD.
    Pillaging is not an operational phase.
    (Submitted by Gensuke Farseer)

    American soldiers do not “consume the flesh of their fallen enemies to gain their strength.”
    (Submitted by J. Lidman)

    Do not attempt to communicate with officers using only Madonna lyrics.
    (Submitted by Scott Hintze)

    Not allowed to use 27 packs of post it notes to label everything in the barracks so the General won???t have any questions during the inspection.
    “I was cold” is a bad reason to be in the female barracks.
    The cord on the blinds can not be used to rappel. (See above.)
    Not allowed to use an e-tool on the golf course.
    Cutting the uppers and lowers of CMSG rank doesn???t make you a Command Private Major.
    Temporary insanity is not a good excuse for missing PT.
    Do not throw up during PT, no mater how much Tequila was involved.
    Do not use chemlights to mark a runway for the aliens.
    (Submitted by Daniel Ingram)

    Never tell a military pilot “There???s not enough room to fly under that!”, unless you want him to try.
    Do not yell “Fire in the hole!” while your buddies are handling live ordinance, no matter how funny the look on their face.
    Trading C-rats for cigarettes and beer is not “Building host-nations relations.”
    One should not enter the words “Gross Stupidity” in a military flight/maintenance log. Same goes for “Pilot Malfunction”.
    Telling paratroopers that “only fools jump out of perfectly good airplanes” just makes them mad. Explaining why only makes it worse.
    (Submitted by Krista)

    When ordering supplies, “buttload”, “assload”, “shitload”, “a little bit”, or “whatever you feel like giving me”, are not numbers.
    Do not mix fake fangs and dress inspections.
    Do not run up to refueling helicopters with a squeegee and a bucket, and ask for a dollar to wash their windows.
    Do not say “Oops” when working with explosives, just to be funny.
    It???s funny when Robin Williams speaks only in acronyms. It???s not when we do it.
    (Submitted by Michael Nichols)

    Do not put decaf in the 1SG???s coffee pot.
    Halon fire suppression systems do not need “Live testing”.
    Knocking down targets with snowballs on the 9mm range is not helping.
    CS grenades should not be used to mark drop zones.
    (Submitted by Kelle Luoma)

    Do not transport lingerie in open containers.
    The morgue is not for storing beer.
    A coffin is not a footlocker.
    If it???s shaped like a coffin, then it???s a coffin, dammit.
    Not allowed to pole dance while on fire guard.
    Do not make bikinis out of military supplies.

    • At the grenade launcher range, do not yell “M-203, I choose you!”

      That was by far the funniest. I got most of the jokes even though I’ve never been in the military. I would imagine an enlisted person is rolling on the floor about now (assuming they hadn’t already seen most of these before).

  7. Eugene K. Reply

    Why Is There Such A Social Stigma Associated With Eating Cats In This Country? I realize that there are different cultures (and not all people have a problem with this, just the hypocrites), but why does society view certain animals as ok to eat, then consider you a monster or terrible person for eating others? Cats, dogs, horses, etc??? you are disgusting and dishonorable for eating them; but cows, pigs, chickens: to hell with them, eat as much as you want. There have even been some laws passed recently banning slaughter houses from processing horse meat and some other animals. Makes no sense, there are people here from other countries that eat these animals. Is seems that we would rather just let them go to waste. Is it because they are cute? Some people won???t eat rabbits because they are cute and fluffy, but some will. Because some are popular house pets? I haven???t tasted most of these animals, but they could be delicious for as much as I know, and I wouldn???t be opposed to eating them. All the cats and dogs in animal shelters that get killed and wasted because nobody wants them, could possibly be a food source for someone. Please no stupid vegan/vegetarian answers, not looking for religious answers either, please no Asian jokes or jokes about eating pussy. It???s possible that eating stray dogs and cats might be part of a solution for feeding some of the hungry in this country, as well as controlling the animal population. And if society eventually deemed it acceptable and developed a taste for some of these animals: it could start and stimulate new farming communities. More job opportunities (makes me think of that banned super bowl commercial a few yrs ago with the cat herders). Any thoughts (that aren???t just stupid and/or mean, smart-ass comments. I enjoy humor, and the possibilities for funny jokes on this subject are endless, but I predict that the jokes posted will be childish and annoying)? Thanks for your input.

    • For one thing, they aren’t healthy for human consumption as they expose us to harmful bacteria and toxins. Although they have been used as a famine food in Central Europe.

      There is no shortage of meat in America, we do not hink it a fit practice to chop up our domestic pets. Most Americans consider it in-humane.

      Most animals sold as food in stores, and eaten in America are vegetarian (herbivores), cats are meat eaters (carnivores) and therefore considered unclean and unhealthy to our digestive system…

      80% of Americans are Christian, Jewish, or Islamic, all of which do not allow consumption of cats.

  8. Seeker Reply

    Is A 13 Month Old Dog Too Old To Train? A friend of mine is looking for someone to adopt her 13 month old Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog. She says the dog is well trained, but does jump on people when they enter the house. I’m wondering if a 13 month old dog is too old to train to stop bad habits as well as learn new tricks. Also, any insight on that breed mix would be great. Thanks!!!!

    • Dogs can be trained at any age. This one is still a puppy and even if the training has been limited, it will not be a problem if you have the time and patience to be dedicated.

      A border collie is a great dog but one of the more extreme breeds. They are a serious working dog and need a job to do or they can get very bored and very very destructive. They must have a suitable outlet for all that intelligence. Also, they are very very high energy. They need lots of space and lots of exercise. Extraordinary exercise for two hours per day would be an absolute minimum. These dogs are not usually good around small children. They are natural instinctual herders and so have a tendency to herd children and people, and therefore, they can nip at them as they would nip at the heels of cattle to move them around.

      You need to be sure you have the space and life style that would be good for the dog to be a good match so that you both can be happy. Shelters are full of these dogs because they were bought because of the way they look or the color of their eyes. While they are great dogs, they are not easy, and can be more of a challenge than some are willing to take. Just having a fenced back yard is not enough for this dog. They need a focus. They are great agility dogs. As with all dogs, you should, and hopefully the present owner has already done this, socialize this dog well other types of animals (cats, dogs, birds, whatever) and people so that you and the dog can have a happy and well balanced life. I would urge you to do some research and consider carefully. This breed is not for everyone. That said, if you think you fit the description and have an active life style and you have some talent for training or are willing to hire a professional trainer to help you, it would be a great dog for you and your family (your family should want the dog and be appropriate for the breed as well) if you have the time. Good luck.

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