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
If you would like to experience an exercise in futility try making a cat take a pill. Better yet - how about three? As a part of our stay in NYC this week my wife and I are house sitting and (more to the point) cat sitting for my brother's family cats. One is very … Continue reading Medicating Pets: Where Do We Draw The Line?
Somehow the vacation conversation yesterday turned to the concept of gender roles, gender confusion and androgyny. We started talking about kids and play and debated the age old question of nature versus nurture: to what degree humans are born with certain inclinations and instincts toward gender based on biology and to what degree we … Continue reading Failing The Ultimate Sociological Experiment: With A Cat
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!
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