I'm a cat guy.
Actually, that's not something I'm all that comfortable admitting.
Guys aren't supposed to be cat people, right?
I like dogs too, but I've always been a cat guy ever since I was a young'n.
Being a cat lover is not something I'd ever confess to my buddies while bellied up to the bar throwing back Jack Daniel's shooters and sharing stories on how best to gut out a deer.
I can't imagine they would be too impressed.
OK, I'd better offer a bit of explanation on being a cat dude.
No, I'm not the type of cat person who makes headlines on occasion. You know the ones, those people who start with one or two cats and end up with 37 and a home that smells like a rotting landfill.
Or one of those people who shower their feline friends with lavish gifts or dress them up in costumes and have tea parties in the basement.
Cats are territorial, temperamental, independent and feisty, just like my ex-mother-in-law. But I still like them both.
One of them is a great cook, while the other likes to stare out the window and hiss at things.
Actually, I just realized, my ex-mother-in-law does both of those things.
Anyway, I am a cat guy. I won't be stating that fact loud and proud to my buddies, but I gotta say cats are cool.
So, why this random cat confession?
I'm not really sure, but in case you didn't know, National Cat Day is Tuesday. That's right, like pretty much anything and everything in today's world, there is a Day for it.
But I think the more disturbing thing I came across was there's also a Hug Your Cat Day every June 4.
Come on, isn't every day a hug your cat day?
Did a dude just say that?
Yes, I'm a cat guy. Plus, for cat people, when you take off for the weekend, you can just give them plenty of food and water, and hit the road. You don't have to get a catsitter, usually.
I know people who can't leave for even an overnight trip unless they arrange for their feline friend to have replacement company.
I know firsthand the surly and vindictive nature of felines when they are left alone for a couple of days.
But who doesn't love cat videos? Cats do the darnedest things. Often they just have funny expressions like Grumpy Cat or Lil Bub.
Remember Morris the Cat, the big orange tabby who was the "spokescat" for 9Lives cat food back in the day and promoted as the "world's most finicky cat"?
I've always been partial to orange tabby cats with lots of personality.
I had a medium-sized orange tabby named Sprocket until fairly recently. He would greet me at the door when I came home, usually because he wanted food, and took rides on my shoulders.
He had personality to spare.
As with any pet, when they are gone, we miss them.
However, I take some solace in the fact that I have never, and will never, dress up a cat in a princess, pirate or any other costume. But during one Christmas season, I did put a pair of miniature toy reindeer antlers on Sprocket's little head. Oh boy, if looks could kill!
Of course, he got back at me. I won't go into details but it involved extra detergent on laundry day. I'm pretty sure I spotted a smirk from him too.
Now that I've outed myself as a cat dude I think there's only one thing to do at this point.
I gotta get me a dog.
Dale Shrull is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.