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Writer's Block: Pet central
Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

I think that's just silly. It's not a balanced relationship. I'm sure our cats look on me as their servants, and our dog as something between a deity and a parent...* but they are our pets, not children or anything like that. I similarly object to the idea of calling them "fur persons", etc. They are our pets... most of the time I tend to think of us as their people, but we are their owners, not their guardians. And in our case at least, they are not familiars or magical animal companions, either. That's a different and also valid interrelationship, but not the one that exists with us.

* yeah, and I know that's anthropomorphization. So what? That's part of the joy of having a pet in the first place.

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Hi, dis iz Monty. i luv my mommee and no mind being owned as long as I get a comfy bed, walkies, pettins, and som fud.

cannot hit agree button often enough :)

I'd like to see the process in which they come up with these daily questions.
(I answered it too, providing the filler that they wanted lol)

I agree totally. It greatly annoys me when people refer to them as 4 legged children. Just so you don't think I hate animals, I really love dogs. However, I am currently unwilling to make the financial and time commitment to owning a dog.

I doubt that the impetus for this particular case of whack-outery is based in the behavior of the average pet owner...probably it is aimed more at the Michael Vick end of that spectrum. If you watch enough episodes of Animal Rescue (or something like that...my dentist always has it on for some reason) on the Animal Planet channel, the proposal seems less insane, but also pitifully insufficient. It would be good to find a way to make some people understand that "ownership" of a living thing doesn't mean it's perfectly ok to abuse, torture, neglect, and murder it at will, but I doubt the people who need the awakening will feel any effect from a change of word use.

I doubt the people who need the awakening will feel any effect from a change of word use.


Changing the word doesn't help unless you change the heart. There needs to be energy and effort behind it.

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