Your Dog Is Not Your Family ~ He’s Your Property
Dog Doesn’t Consider Itself Part Of Family
While admitting that he relies on members of the family for food and shelter and is often included in household activities and family photographs, local 6-year-old golden retriever Pepper told reporters Friday that he in no way considers himself part of the O’Donnell family. “Hey, they’re not bad people, and I appreciate that they let me ride in the car sometimes, but do I think of them as my own family members? God, no,” the canine said while scratching behind his right ear with his hind leg, adding that he had no say in the matter when he was adopted and spends as much time as possible in the backyard to distance himself from the O’Donnells. “Have you seen these guys? They’re kind of loud and obnoxious, they sit on that couch all the time looking at their phones, and they’re not at all into throwing around the tennis ball. Just look at [father] Rob [O’Donnell]—guy’s a complete mess and can’t even walk to the park without getting winded. No way I’m one of them.” At press time, Pepper’s stance was reaffirmed when Denise O’Donnell made him sit and beg for several moments before letting him have a piece of cheese.
A Pet Peeve Against ‘Pet Parenting’ — Time to Push Back Against Equating Animals With Children
The other day I was winding down, lying half comatose on the couch watching cable network news when I was tossed out of my stupor by a PetSmart commercial. a couple of “new parents” who adopt not one but two puppies from its store.
“What’s it like to be new parents?” the PetSmart employee asks the young couple. The commercial ended with the tagline “PetSmart has all you need to take care of your kids.”
Puppy, Parent, Kids? All of a sudden, owning a pet is equal to raising a child?
This was upsetting to me. It’s really stupid to equate parenting with pet ownership on the surface, and actually misguided in terms of how we in American society are led to think about animals and our relationship with them.
Pets, and animals too, are not humans, and should not be considered or treated as such.
But I should have known. Over the last decade, maybe as part of the “political correctness” phenomenon, our society is being pushed toward humanizing animals as equals in this country in many ways.
Calling and treating pets like children has gained traction as a growing pet industry exploits the very strong emotions associated with owning and caring for an animal.
And as a result, this overwrought love for pets, as evidenced by this pet parent commercial, has caused us as a society to lose perspective on the difference between children and pets. It also depreciates the significance of the human-child relationship.
Actually, the term “pet parent” is yet another very cleaver creation of the pet (or should I say furry kid) industry that, according to the American Pet Products Association, rakes in an estimated $58.51 billion in sales in the United States.
Americans have gone overboard both in their pet spending, in concert with loving their pets and wild animals.
Ask any veterinarian about how fanatical some, if not most, pet owners are about their pets — some probably treat their dogs and cats better than their kids. Ask any divorce lawyer about how bloody the custody of pets can get between two warring spouses, much more so than fights over kids or fortunes.
It’s not just pet marketing. PETA and other animal rights advocates have already succeeded in changing our thinking about our pets in terms of “fairness.” When we hear news about “animal terrorists” performing illegal, if not violent, acts of terror and destruction in the name of “animal rights,” we don’t react against but actually condone such behavior.
Americans are also sing the spending power to react against the way we traditionally treat animals, like forcing Banum and Bailey circus’ to “retire” their iconic elephant acts
“From the circus to the grocery store, Americans are increasingly using their wallets to protest what they view as unfair treatment of animals. The heightened consumer pressure comes amid a shift in understanding among scientists and the general public about animals’ level of consciousness.” — Christian Science MonitorWhat’s next? In terms of political correctness, forget about the fight over the name of the Washington Redskins. It’s only a matter of time before the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and other sports teams have to change their names and mascots, too.
I learned the hard way a few years back that we are already in the realm of irrational animal fanaticism when I wrote an article supporting a ban on pit bulls in overpopulated Miami. I got emailed death threats, abused on Twitter, and called a “breedist (racist)” (soon to be legal classification?) by pit bull owners.
So while I know I’m going to get crucified for writing these thoughts, I think it’s time, like any good parent would, to lay down the law.
Enough is enough already. We need to get our heads back on straight when it comes to loving our pets and defining our relationships with them. Considering ourselves “pet owners” and not “pet parents” is a good start.
This column appeared in Context Florida on March 23, 2015
Steven Kurlander is an attorney and communications strategist who blogs at Kurly’s Kommentary (stevenkurlander.com). He writes for Context Florida and The Huffington Post and can be found on Twitter @Kurlykomments. He lives and works in Monticello, N.Y. Column courtesy of Context Florida.
Until we take back the conversation we will continue to see more wrongful, un-constitutional animal seizures. NOTE: I do not support BSL as this author does but appreciate his overall view of the mind-set of the Animal Rights Extremists (Fanatics). When people relate animals with children and push that viewpoint into the legislature, we have a real and serious problem-Animals are property-They have no rights but the right to be cared for properly anyway their owner sees it. Laws intended for protection against intentional cruelty (after all, they are living and breathing-free of intentional abuse) Not whether Rover needs a bath or have his teeth brushed but is fed watered properly and offered shelter…What is often considered abuse or better put is said to be abuse isn’t but a scheme to take control over private citizens and their property, convert the property and use that property in a way that those who did the taking will benefit with the media supporting these wrongful unconstitutional RAIDS on personal property. The needs of a child and the needs of an animals are not and never will be the same. If you want to brush Rovers teeth, go ahead if that makes you feel better. My dog chews on bones and I guarantee you, Rover likes that a lot better than your jamming a toothbrush in your dogs mouth with meat flavored toothpaste an usually, accomplishes nothing.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B