Adam and Eve said, "Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us."

And God said, "I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves."

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a good animal and God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, "Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."

And God said, "I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them. And they were comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well."

And God said, "I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration."

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve. And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility. And they were greatly improved

And God was pleased..

And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn't give a shit one way or the other.


IN THE BEGINNING . . . — 13 Comments

  1. How absolutely perfect! Of course cat is the ideal companion (on their own terms, and when they feel like it), for conceited humans.
    People only think they are perfect,cats know that THEY are!
    Lovely illustration, not sure about the theology.

  2. Totally orthodox, thank you very much.

    By the way, my Beloved Partner gave me the “keyboard elert” warning just a second too late to save me from picking bits of lentil soup our from among said keys. I think I’ll let Xena, Beloved Dog, clean it up. She’s due for a treat – it’s her semin-annual check up at the vet tomorrow and she is routinely traumatized by the scale. I don’t know what she’s worried about – HER tech doesn’t start the thing at 150 before she gets on, like mine does for me!

  3. The Bride and I have discovered to our horror that we chose the one breed of dog that are like cats: they don’t have masters, they have staff….. Except for that caveat, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels rule.

  4. And then God gave Adam and Eve a parrot to cheer them up after the disappointment of realising they weren’t supreme beings, and their happiness was made complete.

  5. Oh this just made my day. I’ll have to go pet the cats and thank them for deigning to be so nice and affectionate. It needn’t not be that way, I know!

  6. It’s funny because it’s true. Of course, this is further evidence regarding the ancient roots of the English language.

  7. I’m not going to let Misty read this – just in case she gets ideas about being a cat. Lovely story – you’re in my post-Christmas favourite blogs list. (If I ever get it completed.)

  8. Dogs look at their humans and think: “They feed me and take care of me – they must be gods!”
    Cats look at their humans and think: “They feed me and take care of me – I must be a god!”
    This is the difference between dogs’ and cats’ religions.