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I remember the first time I saw a manx cat and I thought it's tale had been cut off. My grandma tried to tell me otherwise, but I wouldn't believe her.

Cat
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I think I was relatively old when it finally dawned on me that cats climb trees , but dogs don't. Luckily it was much longer ago than last week.

MacNutzo
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I used to think that dogs in France were much more intelligent than American dogs, because they could understand French!

Sheila
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My mother, being from the old school, once told my siblings and I that there were "trick dogs," in an attempt to explain what the neighbor dogs were "doing" one day. They were, of course, doing IT. We were all on the bus one day and pulled up at a stop light. My brother and I spotted two dogs going at it, and very enthusiastically said, "look mom! Trick dogs!." She told me several years later that everyone on the bus had to take a look for themselves, and that she felt like crawling under the seat.

kelly from kansas
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I used to think that cats could see so well in the dark because they had glow-in-the-dark eyes ["shiny eyes"]. I would stare at the sun to charge up my eyes so I'd see better at night.

nooobody
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I used to believe that if a cat didn't have a little patch of white fur under their chin, they wouldn't be able to purr. My father called it "purr-fur" and whenever we met a new cat, he would show me where the white fur was (not always visible to my eyes) and then tickle the cat until it purred.

Kitty
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When I was in Kindergarden my parents brought home a puppy and told me it was a Collie puppy since I loved the show 'Lassie' so much. I believed them for years, and patiently waited for the puppy to grow, later to find out it was a chihuahua.

Anon
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my brother, at age 18, said in all seriousness to me that the reason why my cat is so flexible is that it does not have a backbone.

marcel
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I had a really smart dog, Sandy, a Sheltie. She knew when you were going to take her for a walk, recognized the words "go for a walk," and that kind of thing. She really was a great and intelligent girl. But she couldn't actually speak. That's where I was incorrect. I would spend an hour or so maybe once a week, after school, alone in the house with Sandy, pleading with her to chat with me, and often promised that I would protect her, and never let them give her a lobotomy. She held out. I'm still not convinced, though.

Ambrosia
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once when i was around 4 or so i was in the car with my mom, when memories by barbara streisand came on the radio. my mom told me in a very serious manner that a cat sang that song. i was extremely impressed and of course tried to coax the family cat into singing. even though she didn't burst into song, i kept at it for about a week until my brother figured out what i was doing and broke the news to me. cats really can't sing. i still haven't gotten over that heartbreak.

Anon
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My 11 year old son is pretty smart-- he's on the honor roll at school-- but until recently he thought cats could understand English. He was very concerned that when I called one our cats a "reprehensible quadruped" it would hurt her feelings.

Tom in Atlanta
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I never believed that all dogs were boys and all cats were girls, but I did believe that you could tell which cats were boys and which were girls.

Boy kitties have white feet--all our boy kitties had white feet and none of our girl kitties did.

pywacket
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I used to believe that doberman pincers were called dogman snippers

James
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I was about four when i decided that my cat's whiskers hurt her like quills stuck in her face. She was quite unhappy when I cut them off to make her more comfortable. . . .

Tandy
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I used to believe that when my dog went out to poo, he was actually laying an egg. I saw him kind of sit down, strain, and then walk away. My mom was really surprised when I brought this "egg" into the house for her to see. Well, after washing all the crap off my hands, I realized that it wasnt an egg after all.

Matt Scheeren
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I was only seven when we got our cat Tigger. So when he had the "snip" I thought that the vet had cut his willy off. I didn't know much about sex stuff then and I thought it was really cruel as how whould he have a wee.

Jennie
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When I was a wee one I believed dogs were either black or white underneath thier coat....It was the 60's.

maddog
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When I was young (though not as young as I'd like everybody reading this to believe), I believed that white dog poo came exclusively from poodles, and no other make of dog. I can't remember why. It turns out, perhaps unsurprisingly, that it wasn't true. It was related to the amount of chalk in dog food, which is now banned.

100% Of Gibbon
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I was always told that if the dog was wagging its tail, it was happy and friendly. If the cat is switching its tail, it was agitated and likely to scratch. I tested this explanation by forcing our happy dog's wagging still. It very quickly became unhappy and bit me. Voila! The adults were right. So, naturally, the next step would be to force the cat's switching tail to hold still and it would be happy... the results weren't what I was expecting.

Tokeca
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i used to think that my sisters cat was a whitch that could morph into different shapes, and i'm still not sure to this day...i 13 years old!

christine
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