My owner was telling me about a conversation he had with a co-worker, explaining to her that dogs have a special relationship with humans.
“So do cats,” she said.
“Would your cat save you if you were drowning?” he asked.
“No, but your dog wouldn’t save you either.”
“He sure would.”
“He’s not any bigger than your head.”
“He would try to do something.”
“Exactly. He’d make things worse.”
That’s not very nice and if I ever meet this woman I’m going to growl at her.
I’m not a big dog like Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, but I’m not a cat either, so I would definitely try to save him.
It’s a roll of the dice. I might save him or I might kill both of us, but he was going to drown anyway and I don’t want to be alive without him.
If you want to see how dogs and cats think differently under pressure, read this story about a family with two dogs and one cat. One of the dogs died trying (successfully) to save the family and (unsuccessfully) to save the other dog. The cat escaped unharmed.
Dogs will risk their lives trying to save humans and other dogs. If you’re a cat owner, you’re on your own.