"Mutual understanding is at the heart of any good relationship. Often, we misread the signs others give out and misinterpret their intentions and that's when problems can arise". This was how my 'Mistress' explained it to me when I had to have yet another swipe at that damn dawg. But when I sees 'im gaily wagging his great black brush of a tail I don't see it as sign of friendliness at all, but more like the angry switch that I am quite fond of doin'. And when Skip hears the audible thump of my tabby tail on the rug he dimly perceives a happy-go-lucky little friend who'll be delighted to see 'im, when in fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. She's only tryin' to help us get along better, but I think the best thing would be to cut 'is tail orf. Snip, snip. Voila! Problem solved.