As someone who feels awkward around her dog when she is "naked", I can totally relate to this conversation about how we anthropomorphize our pets. The Artificial Grass for Dogs in America (and the developed world) has changed significantly as consumer culture has evolved. It used to be we domesticated animals with Natural Pet Care … Continue reading Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation
The phenomenon of the family pet throughout history has always been something you see in the upper echelon's of society. Before pets were a privilege of the rich, the "family dog", for example, served more of a functional purpose: herding sheep and cows, pulling sleds, carrying medical supplies, warding off predators and undesirables and even … Continue reading Raise The Woof (And The Budget) For Family Pets!
Probably the biggest challenge for any cultural anthropologist is in the practice of objectivity: removing what you know or believe about the world so you can look at social and cultural facts without judgement and try to understand them from a neutral, scientific point of view. In that vein, I often explain to my friends, … Continue reading The Anthropological Dog: Observing Humans From a Canine Point of View
A while ago, whilst dressing my dog to go to "grandma's" and putting together her travel bag (which includes wee wee pads, treats, toys, food and walking supplies) I put a note down in my "blog topic ideas" list to write about how our pets have evolved in status to become legitimate family members. I … Continue reading Not WIthout My Dog: Our Four Legged Family Members and Hurricaine Pet Rescues