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Who let the dog out? It was the cat



Time.com
says this video shows some interspecies teamwork.

I’m not seeing it.

I’m seeing a dog (Gizmo) waiting patiently for a cat (Dexter) to open the kitchen door.

If that’s teamwork, then I, from the comfort of my couch, am a professional football player. (I’ll take my salary now please.) Then again, I guess spectators do their part, simply by spectating.

This video was the result of a camera set up by a couple trying to figure out how their pets were escaping from the kitchen.

Turned out the cat was both the apparent mastermind and the door-opener, which is no big surprise given Dexter, being a cat, is more conniving than Gizmo — not too mention far more dexterous.

Does that mean Dexter is smarter than Gizmo?

Not necessarily. We think Gizmo is the wiser one, taking an approach that says, “You take the risks, you make the play; I’ll sit back and watch. If you’re successful, I’ll say say ‘yay!’ and reap whatever bounties lay beyond the kitchen door.”

Comments

Comment from reddawg
Time October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s possible Giz was overseeing the op’s and giving commands, but I love both cats and dogs and so reserve judgment.
The last scene is funny with Giz coming back to take a last peek and give a final sniff.

Comment from Miss Jan
Time October 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I have no doubts in my mind about the prevalence of interspecies teamwork after the infamous Christmas Cookie incident in my home where my siamese cat vaulted onto the kitchen counter where butter spritz cookies were cooling and shot them off the cookie rack onto the floor where my kerry blue terrier was eagerly awaiting the goods!

Comment from sylvie
Time October 24, 2013 at 12:12 am

Give Dexter a break. Intelligence is an individual issue. With the help of more capable paws, Dexter beats Gizmo. Even us, dogs lovers, must admit this.

Comment from Miss Jan
Time October 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The better definition of intelligence is that the smart one can survive in, prosper in, and eventually change for the better, one’s environment. That definition would include reasoning, forethought, street smarts and common sense. All of which seem to be present in interspecies cooperation. Each equally smart and working as a team to accomplish a shared goal. Would LOVE to know what the cat was thinking….

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