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Beware of Barking Mad Cat Lovers!

September 14th, 2011 · 61 comments

While on her first trip to Bergen, Norway, Den from London was strolling a residential side street when she came across across this note taped to a large window where, just inside, several cats were dozing the day away.

The cutesy clip art is a nice touch, Den says, but she was particularly tickled by the idea of this person rounding up cat-lovers from across the Internet to bark manically at THE PATHETIC MAN WHO DO NOT EVEN HAVE BALLS the next time he strolls by with his dog.


related: My cat-shit crazy neighbor

FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · cats · clip art catastrophe · dogs · noise · Norway

61 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Denise

    Please no! Don’t threaten with the INTERNET!

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:10 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #2   Lucile

    Love the cute clip-arts.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:45 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #3   Jack

    Dog guy is going to be totally shamed of his behaving after seeing this.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:49 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #4   Woman on the Verge bang

    Wait. Don’t those cliparts support the guy letting his dog try to make friends with the cats?

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:54 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Kathryn

      The genius here is, and I’m guessing here –kinda stepping out of my area of expertise– but of the three cat and dog images, the center, and therefore central image is of the iconic pair Garfield and Odie. This image is ironic in the context of the narrative of ongoing animosity of the cat for the dog who is depicted as stupid and loved only by boring humans. I think the whole thing is in code. If. I. Could. Just. Crack. It.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:04 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Suzi

      Maybe she only doesn’t like the dog trying to “bang on” the cats when he has no intention of cuddling after?

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:44 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #5   Tj

    I actually feel sorry for the letter writer. I definitely prefer dogs over cats but I do feel that any sort of pet ownership should require some sort of qualifying test. Its like Caesar Milan says, “the dog is not the problem the owner is”.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:56 am   rating: 52  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Kathryn


      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   The Elf

      There’s a thumb function for that.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:41 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   JaneDoe

      Yeah, I’m with you there. The people whose backyard’s behind ours have dogs that they will just let bark for 30 minutes on end, at midnight, and when we call and shame them into calling the dogs in, they do it by shaking the treat box. It’s cases like this in which I would fully support the use of shock collars. Just, not on the dog :P

      Sep 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #6   Carole

    “Other home activities” sounds disturbing enough that maybe they need to be disturbed.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:06 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #7   jimmy

    Shouldn’t this be in Norwegian?

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:16 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   svataben

      It should. I’m not sure they got the story written down quite right.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Katter

      My Norwegian friend frequently speaks better English than I do. They start learning their second language really young there, and it’s typically English.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   jfruh

    Why is this note not in Norwegian? Is English the universal language of passive aggression?

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:18 am   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Kathryn


      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #9   Red Beans

    Bad Dog Walk You!

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:20 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Kathryn

      “Dog walk bad you,” might be more accurate.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   Confused

    Ummm, don’t people in Bergen speak Norwegian (mostly)?

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:34 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Kathryn

      odds are the guy with the dog is probably American and probably no more fluent

      Sep 14, 2011 at 8:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   LauraS

      Odds aren’t that it’s an American but an European not native to Norway. English is the common language used in the EU.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 11:55 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Andvari

      Norway isn’t in the EU actually ;-)

      However I agree that it’s probably a non-native, as most Norwegians will speak English to some degree.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 7:13 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   ingrid

      I’m from Norway, and I can assure you that most norwegians are just as proficient in english as in norwegian. So if the dog owner isn’t norwegian, he’ll understand it, and if he is, he’ll still understand it. Besides, I’m thinking there might be two notes, one in english and one in norwegian, the one who sent this probably just couldn’t understand the norwegian note.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #11   Kathryn

    If the guy can’t control his dog, he shouldn’t have it. If the guy won’t control his dog, he should be tied inside a sack of terrorized cats. This isn’t as funny as some of you think it is.
    I mean, sure, yeah…. whatever, it’s funny. hahaha Look at the wealth and variety of errors. :( Notice the incongruities. :) Aren’t we clever for knowing better? <3 yay us. <3
    We're soooo much mooooore articulate . . . oh hey wow!
    I'm such an idiot.
    I just realized that THESE
    are the Passive-Aggressive Notes.
    The posts, the posters: we're the joke.

    Really, I can be so thick sometimes.
    My apologies.

    I get it now.
    That does feel better.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:56 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   J

      Wait, people shouldn’t have dogs unless they can prevent the dogs from barking? Wow – I’m pretty sure no one would ever be allowed to have a dog.

      I personally have three cats, and they have a very good idea that dogs outside windows can’t actually get to them. So it makes me skeptical that the cats in question here are actually being “terrorized” — especially when the note-writer is clearly verging on the “off his/her rocker” territory.

      Don’t know why I’m bothering to write this, though – your comment has “troll” stamped all over it.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:29 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   The Elf

      Agreed. My four cats will throw a hissy fit if some other animal comes into “their” territory, but they are well aware of window. Otherwise, they wouldn’t stand up for themselves.

      However, one cat is afraid of dogs and will run and hide if one comes near. She is “terrorized” – until she forgets about it four minutes later.

      I’m just not buying that this problem is as severe as note writer makes it out to be.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 9:39 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   A Fox

      I’m thinking that the problem is not that he walks the dog past the window. I think the key phrase here is “bang on.” I assume this means that the dog is barking and banging on the window. I don’t care how close to the sidewalk my house is, you don’t get to just let your dog jump on my window and bark into my house. Control your dog, or walk it away from other people’s homes.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

  • #12   Woman on the Verge bang

    There’s all this threatening nonsense and then happy puppies and kitties. I feel like “Why Can’t We Be Friends” should be playing in the background.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:08 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #13   Quite Contrary

    This note writer makes THANKS, SANDRA look sane.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   Maxilu

    I’m not convinced that the cats are the innocent victim the note writer is making them out to be.

    I have dogs. They normally ignore the cats in the various windows along our walking route, but there is one cat that delights in teasing my dogs. If she’s outside, she’ll attack them, if she’s inside, she’ll provoke them into barking at her, then sit and stare. If I walk by without my dogs, she gets agitated in a way she doesn’t if the dogs are with me.

    I think the situation is hilarious, and if my dogs get their noses scratched because they’re trying to chase a cat–well, I’m trying to teach them not to chase small furry things anyway.

    Anyway, the point is, if this cat didn’t tease my dogs, they wouldn’t bark at my neighbor’s house. I guess it’s just easier to ask someone to change their behavior, or the behavior of their animals than change your own behavior, or the behavior of your animals.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:25 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Um

      A cat “provokes” your dog into barking at it from inside a house when it walks by?

      Sep 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   The Elf

      Well, they do exist. Is that not provocation enough for a dog?

      Sep 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Maxilu

      She does, Um. She meows loudly when she sees us coming, and then will run from window to window in her house for the best dog tormenting view.

      If I don’t have the dogs, she paces back and forth and paws at the window, but generally doesn’t run into the other room to follow my progress like she does with the dogs.

      It’s hard to explain, but it’s true.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 4:30 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Starlinguk

      I have a cat. He does not “tease” dogs, since he’s scared to death of them. I had to chase the neighbour’s dog out of my yard this morning because he’d entered it to chase my cat. Vicious little monster.

      I’ve had dogs. And I can tell this is a rotten, untrained little cretin.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 8:08 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   TheGnome bang

      Yeah, let’s just blame animals for being animals…The pet owner who walks his dog in the area and lets his dog harass cats that have every right to walk back and forth in front of a window in their own home is not at all responsible for it.


      Sep 15, 2011 at 11:44 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Melissa R

      The cat is not “provoking” when she “meows loudly when she sees us coming, and then will run from window to window in her house”. She is defending her territory that your dog is invading. Dog people are thick, sometimes.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   bookworm

      I enjoy that you see this as a problem and still choose to walk your dog around her territory. I also find it amusing that you apparently spend so much time doing this that you feel you have an accurate grasp on the cat’s motives.

      Who’s antagonizing who?

      Oct 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   aaa bang

    It’s nice to see people using inappropriately cutesy clipart again. It brings a tear to my eye… *sniff*

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:33 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Oh, aaa, you’re such a softy.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 11:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   aaa bang

      Now I’m verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic. The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Discuss.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #16   Nahhh bang

    If anyone let their dog — or their cat, or their child, or their demented mother-in-law — come right up to my windows and bang on them for ANY reason, I’d call the police.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:32 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Sesquipedalian

      You expect your local police would send a squad car to deal with a dog butting its head against your window? You must live in a very tiny, very boring place.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Nahhh bang

      A tiny, boring place with a HUGE gang problem.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:31 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   Woman on the Verge bang

    So, now instead of, “Book ‘em, Dano”, it’s going to be “Put their photo on the Internet Dano”? That’ll teach them.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:41 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   aaa bang

      Oooh, even better, THEY’LL MAKE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THEM ON ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA. Those sociopathic teenagers will show them what for! THIS SHIT IS SRS BZNSS.

      Sep 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #18   Daniel


    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #19   Loribl

    J, I own dogs and the second command they learn (after “come”) is “quiet”. My dogs do not bark indiscriminately, PERIOD.

    That being said, my cats will torture our dogs as well as those going by. They know darned well the dogs outside can’t get to them and delight in letting the dogs out there know it! They are like Hawkeye on MASH when he’s torturing Frank:

    “I can go in! I can go out!” And yooouuuu can’t! Nanananana!!!

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   The Elf

      Tormenting others is what cats do best. That’s why I love ‘em.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #20   pony girl

    Bad Bark You!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:59 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #21   Earl Hamsher

    She should leave a nice big pile of chocolates for them under the window.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Nahhh bang

      Or cat poo. Dogs LOOOOOVE cat poo.

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   henry guiliante

      where are you earl?????

      Sep 25, 2011 at 12:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   NoctemOut

    “Bang On, My Sleeping Cats” sounds like a song title. Or an album title.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:31 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Clumber

      Or perhaps the opposite of a safe word….

      Sep 15, 2011 at 9:09 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   pony girl

      Clumber will be my safe word, if I ever need one.

      An homage…

      Sep 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #23   cappeca

    Cats are not innocent, period. Cat owners actually are selfish and passive aggressive. I had a dog and my neighbor had cats. Her cats usually invaded my house and my dog had to run them out. Actually, I have myself kicked her cats from my yard at least three times. And by kick I mean really literally KICK IN THE ASS, right there, like a football, hard, making it go meowing through the air! At least once I screamed GOOOOOOAL laughing at the poor kitty! Lucky them to fall off standing and running away. Those damned animals would have the audacity to stand in my own yard, they had it coming.

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Lhyzz

      Whereas you are, what, regular aggressive? This person is upset because the dog owner is standing in her front yard, letting his dog bark hysterically at his cats in the window of her home. How is it “selfish” or “passive-aggressive” to want that disruptive trespass to stop? If you can generalize, troll, so can I: dog owners are needy, entitled, and low on brains. How does it feel?

      Sep 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   cappeca

      This person is upset because the dog owner won’t buy her bullshit. Cats are WAY more likely to irritate a dog out of the blue than the other way around, and cat owners are WAY more likely to LIE about what their pe[s]ts do.

      The best think about kicking a cat in the butt out of your yard is the look on their face when they realize shit just got real, spreading legs in the air trying to hold balance. Awesome. No lolcat will ever surpass it. The funny thing is if a cat shows up butthurt, the cat owner WON’T SAY A WORD, because deep down they know their pet deserved it.

      Sep 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.3   pony girl

      Animal abuse is so funny, hahahahaha!


      Sep 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #23.4   pony girl

      I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a horse and some fish.

      How does that fit in with your brilliant personality hypothesis?

      Sep 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.5   abird

      This troll isn’t very good it’s too obvious that it is a troll.

      Sep 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up


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