Boing Boing: Man kills attacking bobcat.

It is impossible, of course, to predict how one might react to being attacked by a non-domesticated animal. Personally, I pray I would have the wisdom to spare myself the experience of choking a cat to death.

I am, I assure you, warming to the dog. But there will be no more dogs. There may be more cats, I do not know.

Years ago I swore off houseplants because I was not ethically able to care for them. My ability to care for pets is unsurprisingly – if you follow or care about the predator hierarchy – less distinct than my plant-care skills. Yet I keep two pets and a dog. Sleep easy: there will be no children.