It is raining cats and dogs in this stock photo about excess. Cats and dogs fall through the sky against a backdrop of dark blue storm clouds. A variety of breeds are all happily plunging down in apparent delight. The use of humor and animals, our pets, makes this image that much more endearing to the viewers. The fact that the image is a cliche' means that our subconscious has already paved the way for us to absorb the message and retain the meanings. Whether it is a cloud burst, a torrential down pour, or ice, sleet and hail, "raining cats and dogs" indicates that is is certainly over the top.