It would be wonderful if these two could communicate more effectively. I'd love nothing more than to explain to the puppy to that the cat is afraid of her barking and might respond better if she would lay quietly or approach the kitty slowly. At the same time, the cat needs to know that the puppy is just looking for a playmate, so a touch of tolerance might go a long way to calming the puppy down. Since I can't explain the issue to either of them, they are going to come to some kind of truce on their own.
This morning as I watched the traditional miscommunication unfold, I started thinking about some people in my life who frustrate me in similar ways. Sometimes I want them to understand what I'm thinking or feeling, but they simply continue to react in ways that leave me feeling defensive or misunderstood. Connecting to others is a type of intricate dance, but we as humans understand certain actions to mean different things.
For example I often pull away from others to think and recharge by myself, but my outgoing friend typically assumes I'm upset because I've not called her. Sometimes she pulls away because she is upset by my actions. Since pulling away to me means I need to recharge, I'll naturally give her space assuming that she simply needs time to refuel. The more time that passes without us communicating the broader the misunderstanding will likely be. With enough time, the two of us might have some deeply hurt feelings that are completely based on assumptions that are not true at all.
The point here is that sometimes our actions are giving messages to others that we don't mean to be giving. These misunderstandings can easily become a division. The good news is that communication about what we are thinking or feeling is the bridge that allows both parties a path across the differences. Probably the best thing we can do to improve our ability to connect with one another is to realize that we don't automatically know why someone is behaving in a certain way. If their actions are hurting us, then we need to try to communicate this and resolve it before something minor becomes a dividing rift.
We won't see the world the same way as everyone around us, but we can work together to build something that helps us understand one another a little better.