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Do Tell: What Words Make You Think of Puppies and Kittens?

Although I caught the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, other than that I didn't watch much of the events on TV. The one sport I did see was the balance beam finals. You may be wondering what this has to do with PetSugar (other than the fact that both Nastia and Shawn are doggie owners), but just bear with me here.
While I was watching this competition, I was struck by how differently the two girls performed and behaved at the event.

The lithe Nastia was very elegant while performing, and seemed composed and reserved on the sidelines. Shawn the dynamo, however, just looked so friendly and was bouncing around and happily chatting with her coach as the scores were tallied. So here I went with my 24/7 animal-crazed mind, and realized there were some words that I unconsciously associated with cats, and others that made me think of puppies.

Now, by no means am I intending to insult either girl (or the sport of gymnastics), but those words I used when describing Nastia totally reminded me of all the stereotypes of a cat, while those for Shawn made me think of a cute, lil puppy — am I totally off-base here? Are there any adjectives that you associate with puppies, and others that you would reserve for cats? Feel free to say I'm silly in your comments below!


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Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
So this is why I automatically preferred Nastia...
lindseylee lindseylee 8 years
i just wanted to mention that they are in the olympics! i would be just as focused as nastia was too! shawn runs around with a sour look on her face every time she finds out nastia beat her. she is a sore loser in my opinion. the picture posted above is of shawn on the last day of the olympics and the only time she won a gold, so of course she is going to be smiling. she was frowning everyday before that though when nastia was winning! i am a retired gymnast so i do have strong feelings about this topic. also i don't understand how someone could say "Especially with the pictures you posted"?? nastia is flipping mid-air while shawn is smiling? how can you compare those pics?? lol! either way i think shawn is fake and nastia is a very focused gymnast.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I know what you mean, but I would die if people on the internet were comparing me to a puppy!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 8 years
You're so right. Before I even got past the photos in your post I was thinking "Oh, Shawn's a puppy and Nastia is such a cat." I didn't really think about it in those terms during the Games, but I definitely notice the difference in their styles, both while they are performing and while they are waiting.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I've never really thought about it, but it's so very true. Especially with the pictures you posted. Shawn Johnson does look like a bubbly little puppy!
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