Skip to comments.Are Dogs Now Just Furry Kids?
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 2010to the tune of the Scooby Doo theme song, no lessthe 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 NBCs 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 theyre at work, and a high-end dog food whose main ingredient is ground-up chicken feathers. Its designed for dogs with food allergies.
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Doggie reacting to sound of approaching Doggie Ice Cream Truck.
People are replacing human children with animals. Then they act like the pets are people.
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.
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.
When Sharia law takes over , we can have sex with children and animals. And marry them. The question is, are they tax deductible ?
I find there is an amazing correlation between woman who are rabidly in favor of abortion with no limitations and PETA supporters.
Research says dogs have learned to behave like children. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Sebastian Dario
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.
I throw up a little in my mouth when the kennel refers to me as a “pet parent”.
Good children who sleep more hours a day than you do.
“Are you this dog’s daddy?”, I was once asked (sorry, Rachel... axed) at the dog park.
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.
Under Sharia law, no one will be allowed to have dogs.
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)...
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.
I think I’ll sell fetching sticks.
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.
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
Other than this though, I knew that they consider dogs “unclean”.
Our two mutts are SBAR (spoiled beyond all recognition) :-)
Is there much nutritional content in pillow stuffing???
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.
“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. :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
They’ll learn the spelling, then you’ll have to resort to pig-latin.
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.
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.
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.
Dogs are more intelligent, loyal and loving than many kids.
I truly believe dogs can be the best medicine. Hope your friend finds comfort in Hairy. :)
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.
and Jesus loves us, His little sheep.
nothing wrong with it.
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.
How do you post a picture? I want to introduce the ping list to my pup.
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.
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.
Don’t know about dogs, but my cats are for sure! :)
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.
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.
Sticks for the fix.
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.
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.
I’m sorry to learn you have such a limited life.
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