“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI always thought I would be identically fond of all my pets. As a kid, before I had any furry pets, I was in love with the concept of loving a cat or a dog, having a little best friend to be mine; all mine, not shared with sisters or brothers, as loving and loyal to me as I would be loving and loyal to him. Continue reading

Stuck in the 60’s

There’s an interesting mind set with some clients when it comes to treating animals, a sort of temporal stickiness. Their minds get stuck in time, to when they were kids and how animals were treated “then”.

Most of the time this happens with people from a rural background, and I can understand why. Animals on the farm are regarded as commodities, which most certainly are (thinking cattle, sheep, chickens). You can only put as much money into them as you think you can get out, or you’ll go broke. Continue reading

The “it” factor

Dog, Scottie-ishI will admit to a personal pet peeve. Well, OK, I have a bunch because I’m old and crotchety, but this is one that’s in the front of my brain at the moment.

I simply cannot stand it when pet owners refer to their pets as “it”. Pets are not “it”, even when they are neutered. They are “he” and “she” and a proper name or a cute nickname. “It” distances the person from an emotional involvement. “It” means that the pet is a thing, not a companion or a friend. “It” means you can’t even remember whether your own pet is male or female, or it doesn’t matter to you.

It even bothers me that animals are referred to as “it” in veterinary journals. I really want to change all of the “its” to “he” or “she” when I read these articles.

We don’t call our friends “that man” or “the subject”. We save that for people we don’t know or care about; strangers. Pets should be close to us, tied to our hearts. We should know their personalities, their foibles, their likes and dislikes, and we should strive to make their lives pleasant and fulfilling. If we have this relationship with animals they aren’t objects, but little furry beings that deserve better than to be called “it”.