. . . is a perfectly acceptable compromise in certain pseudo-scientific communities. While the pug more closely resembles a groundhog in appearance, its reliability level is close to none; hence a pug's actions cannot be used to predict seasonal lengths.
Sorry, Puggy Gin.
The first step in substituting a cat for a groundhog is to find one leaving its lair. Oh, look! It's Punxsutawney Phil ---er, El. Hi ya, Ellie. Any predictions for us today?
Well, she darted back into her burrow. Let's turn our attention to a cat who dwells above furniture. Miss Nicholson, Miss Nicholson. Will you cast a shadow today?
Erm, sorry we bothered you. Perhaps we should spend time courting the opinion of the more charitably minded, the more, shall we say, pedigreed members of the household. Good breeding has to count in pseudo-science circles, right?
For heaven's sake, Claudius. I guess it's safe to say that in substituting cats for groundhogs, the laws of physics win out over shadow-casting every time.
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