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Are Dogs Now Just Furry Kids?
The Smithsonian ^ | 6-25-13

Posted on 06/30/2013 9:50:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

The Summer of 2013 officially began only last Friday, but already it has a good shot at achieving a dubious distinction in the annals of parental indulgence. This could be the summer that ice cream trucks for dogs go mainstream.

Ever since the K99 ice cream truck set up shop in the parks of London during the summer of 2010–to the tune of the Scooby Doo theme song, no less–the trend of cruising trucks full of specially-made canine ice cream treats and cookies has been spreading and appears to be hitting its jaunty stride. Last summer, they started dropping by dog parks in more and more American cities, confident in the knowledge that all it takes is one person ponying up $3 for a doggie cone and in no time, every other dog owner in the vicinity will feel compelled to do the same for their own little precious. And now, according to a story on NBC’s website this weekend, some of the more successful dog food trucks are talking about franchising their brands.

This was inevitable, I suppose, given all the singles whose significant other has paws, and all the aging Baby Boomers whose own kids have moved out, or at least down to the basement. These days, dog love swings easily into sweet, excessive indulgence.

Among recent examples of ideas whose time apparently has come are a device developed by a San Francisco firm that allows pet owners to track how active their dog is during the day while they’re at work, and a high-end dog food whose main ingredient is ground-up chicken feathers. It’s designed for dogs with food allergies.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: ccd; culturewar; dinks; doggieping; dogsaspeople; dualincomenokids; eternaladolescence; idiocracy; pets; smashthepatriarchy; spoileddogs; treats; vetresearch
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1 posted on 06/30/2013 9:50:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Joe 6-pack

Doggie reacting to sound of approaching Doggie Ice Cream Truck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYYBVBRo3w

Doggie ping


2 posted on 06/30/2013 9:52:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

People are replacing human children with animals. Then they act like the pets are people.


3 posted on 06/30/2013 9:57:32 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: afraidfortherepublic

With no wee ones left in my home, my dogs have become like children for me. I enjoy it, they enjoy it...so why not.


4 posted on 06/30/2013 10:01:00 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There are dog spas everywhere where I live. New ones still opening every year. I used to laugh, but no more.

A wise man once told me that if he were to open a business today, it would have something to do with either kids or dogs. They are the only things consumers will go to the hip for - even in a bad economy.


5 posted on 06/30/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: tbw2

When Sharia law takes over , we can have sex with children and animals. And marry them. The question is, are they tax deductible ?


6 posted on 06/30/2013 10:02:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: tbw2

I find there is an amazing correlation between woman who are rabidly in favor of abortion with no limitations and PETA supporters.


7 posted on 06/30/2013 10:03:00 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Research says dogs have learned to behave like children. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Sebastian Dario

8 posted on 06/30/2013 10:03:30 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: FlJoePa

I am looking at an adoptable dog right now whose family had to relinquish him because of the foreclosure of their home. There is another family that has first right of refusal.


9 posted on 06/30/2013 10:05:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tbw2

I throw up a little in my mouth when the kennel refers to me as a “pet parent”.


10 posted on 06/30/2013 10:06:48 AM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"dogs have learned to behave like children. "

Good children who sleep more hours a day than you do.

11 posted on 06/30/2013 10:08:20 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: afraidfortherepublic; a fool in paradise

“Are you this dog’s daddy?”, I was once asked (sorry, Rachel... axed) at the dog park.


12 posted on 06/30/2013 10:09:22 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Kozak

I really ticked off some people in the vet’s waiting room when I spoke up and told them that animals are not children.

I wouldn’t have said anything, but one of them directed the question to me.


13 posted on 06/30/2013 10:09:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: UCANSEE2
When Sharia law takes over , we can have sex with children and animals. And marry them. The question is, are they tax deductible ?

Under Sharia law, no one will be allowed to have dogs.

14 posted on 06/30/2013 10:10:26 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I am on the road at the moment and am amazed at how many hotels, and restaurants now allow animals to eat right alongside their owners. Business establishments are becoming much more dog-tolerant. I visited an upscale bakery yesterday in the Bay Area of California that had an entire section devoted to home baked, certified organic dog treats (!).

BTW, I am an absolute dog lover and mother to two rescue dogs. I just told DH that next time we travel, the little pooch is going with us, LOL.

Many of these dogs are BETTER behaved than the kids I’m seeing!! (I DO have children too, BTW)...


15 posted on 06/30/2013 10:16:37 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Every workers paradise had to shoot escapees. Why?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

regards to dogs & amnesty

Ladies, I hope the free birth control Obama gives you is worth it, because all these immigrants aren’t going to be too keen on paying the Social Security for bunch of old white childless women so they can sit around and throw birthday parties for their pets.


16 posted on 06/30/2013 10:21:17 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: onedoug

I think I’ll sell fetching sticks.


17 posted on 06/30/2013 10:35:55 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Both government and culture have succeeded in driving the normal replacement birthrate far lower. This is done by both making it very expensive to have and raise children, and by raising the bar on what is expected, for children to be raised “properly”.

In concept, raising children should naturally be about as difficult as raising dogs. Plus some extra attention because they are thoughtful beings that need education to lead normal lives.

But each additional requirement added to this means fewer children. But dogs remain the same.


18 posted on 06/30/2013 10:39:31 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You made me curious (not comprehending the differences between Sharia, Sunni, Wahabi, etc) & knowing that Salukis- & possibly some other hounds, are kept by Arabs &/ or considered sacred), so I looked & found this, amoung other articles

http://www.inst.at/trans/18Nr/II-18/ismail18.htm

Other than this though, I knew that they consider dogs “unclean”.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 10:49:41 AM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Our two mutts are SBAR (spoiled beyond all recognition) :-)


20 posted on 06/30/2013 10:53:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
and a high-end dog food whose main ingredient is ground-up chicken feathers

Is there much nutritional content in pillow stuffing???

21 posted on 06/30/2013 11:36:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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22 posted on 06/30/2013 11:37:28 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I love our pets, but they are pets. They are not children.

Most of the people I know who think their pets are their children are homosexual. And I know some heterosexual couples who never wanted children though they act like their animals are their babies. It is kind of creepy.


23 posted on 06/30/2013 11:40:43 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Irenic

“With no wee ones left in my home, my dogs have become like children for me. I enjoy it, they enjoy it...so why not.”

Ditto that. And I swear, she understands EVERY word we say. Sometimes I start to spell things out just like with little kids. She can’t spell yet, thank goodness. :)


24 posted on 06/30/2013 11:45:16 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Irenic

Same here, even our grandchildren are grown. We call our dogs our pup children, and why not? They are good company and let us know when anyone is around. Early warning dogs, we call them!


25 posted on 06/30/2013 11:46:06 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: petitfour

My dog is my child, I’m not a homosexual, and if what I think of my dog bothers you, I want you to know that I do not give a damn.


26 posted on 06/30/2013 11:47:03 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ve been known to cough up $4.00 for a four pack of Frosty Paws for mine from time to time, especially in hot weather. They go nuts for them, lol. I actually tasted of it, clearly formulated for dogs, it was disgusting. But they love it, I get enjoyment from seeing their enjoyment. So, critics MYOB.


27 posted on 06/30/2013 11:47:08 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: freeangel

Ha! We spell out light, ball, bubbles and food. I think they are catching on to the spelling of light and food. They do learn words, absolutely without a doubt. We laugh because we think they understand more of our language than we understand of theirs!


28 posted on 06/30/2013 11:50:57 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: freeangel

They’ll learn the spelling, then you’ll have to resort to pig-latin.


29 posted on 06/30/2013 11:54:42 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: chris37

LOL

I can tell you don’t care. It’s no big deal that I think it’s creepy. I like my heterosexual friends who treat their pets as children.


30 posted on 06/30/2013 11:55:10 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Kozak

I throw up a little in my mouth when the kennel refers to me as a “pet parent”.

&&&
That is just so obnoxious. I correct people who call me this.


31 posted on 06/30/2013 11:59:19 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Ditter

They are great company and can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry.

They keep me busy, too. Play, play, play, love, love, love! They ARE a great early warning systems, I feel much safer with them around.

Mine snore and fart, what more could you ask for?! :p

My oldest dog passed away a two weeks ago, it has been a bit easier on me having the two younger dogs.

We raised the youngest Boxer from a small puppy and she will go out and lay next to the plot where we buried the old girl. It chokes me up. It is a beautiful spot under the pecan tree, and I’ve put out some stones, hardy flowers and a couple of small solar lights.


32 posted on 06/30/2013 12:06:30 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic
I have a friend who is going through a tough time now, physically and mentally. She doesn't have a dog now because she could not take proper care of it. I am going over with one of my dogs today, Hairy, a certified therapy dog, to give her some dog therapy.
33 posted on 06/30/2013 12:11:17 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dogs are more intelligent, loyal and loving than many kids.


34 posted on 06/30/2013 12:11:53 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Ditter

I truly believe dogs can be the best medicine. Hope your friend finds comfort in Hairy. :)


35 posted on 06/30/2013 12:13:34 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Bon of Babble
I visited an upscale bakery yesterday in the Bay Area of California that had an entire section devoted to home baked, certified organic dog treats (!).

A coffee shop that I frequent in Morgan Hill sells the Gelato Classico brand of gelato. They've just started carrying a gelato variety specifically for dogs.

36 posted on 06/30/2013 12:14:43 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Irenic

and Jesus loves us, His little sheep.


37 posted on 06/30/2013 12:22:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Irenic

nothing wrong with it.


38 posted on 06/30/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: petitfour

The fact that you associate how a person views their dog with their sexual orientation is what is creepy.

What I have learned in my time here is that dogs are quite a bit more lovable than people, speaking generally, and some dogs are infinitely more lovable than some people, speaking specifically.


39 posted on 06/30/2013 12:29:01 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

How do you post a picture? I want to introduce the ping list to my pup.


40 posted on 06/30/2013 12:34:28 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Amen!


41 posted on 06/30/2013 12:36:12 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

You use the html command < img src=””></img> and in between the quotes you insert the URL of the image you wish to insert.

However there is no space between the first bracket and img, I had to put that psace there in order to make the html readable in this post.


42 posted on 06/30/2013 12:45:27 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37
What I have learned in my time here is that dogs are quite a bit more lovable than people, speaking generally, and some dogs are infinitely more lovable than some people, speaking specifically.

I'll endorse that. My wife and I live with two dogs and I think they--and the dogs in my life who have preceded them--definitely are more lovable than just about anyone I know or have known.

43 posted on 06/30/2013 12:45:36 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t know about dogs, but my cats are for sure! :)


44 posted on 06/30/2013 2:10:24 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: OldPossum

Agreed, OldPossum.

I have been of the mind for some time now that when I die, I want to go where dogs are. If there are no dogs there, then I don’t want to go there.


45 posted on 06/30/2013 2:19:09 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: petitfour
And I know some heterosexual couples who never wanted children though they act like their animals are their babies. It is kind of creepy.

My wife and I were never able to have children, and yes we treat our dogs like children, because frankly they treat us better than the children of friends of mine treat their parents.

46 posted on 06/30/2013 4:43:53 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: windcliff

Sticks for the fix.


47 posted on 06/30/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I won’t say my present dog, and dogs in my past are kids but they are pretty spoiled. They are great companions that don’t give me the hassle a lot of humans do.


48 posted on 06/30/2013 7:33:06 PM PDT by berdie
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To: CaptainK

I’m not sure of the correlation between your post and this thread. Before throwing PETA around, please note that their name is not at all what they are about. They are just as opposed to dog ownership as you evidently are. In fact, their belief is that animals are better of dead than being ‘owned,’ ‘adopted, “ or even a ‘fur kid.’

The only ethical treatment of animals they promote is life in the wild or death.


49 posted on 06/30/2013 7:48:17 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: petitfour

I’m sorry to learn you have such a limited life.


50 posted on 06/30/2013 7:51:22 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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