Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Respect

If I could have your attention please!  I'd like to interrupt recent news of bin Laden's fatal lead allergy.  You can get back to your celebrations shortly.

While watching the marriage of people we will never meet, and celebrating the delivery of long-awaited justice, we missed this gem from the Journal of Animal Ethics (a joint waste of time, money, and resources put out by Oxford University's Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois Press):

[W]ords like “pests” and “vermin” should be dropped altogether and “pets” replaced by “companion animals”, while “wild animals” should be termed “free living or free ranging animals”.


So, my dog cares what I call her...hmmm...interesting...Really?

Actually, this is just another pile of bovine alimentary waste byproduct.  The idea that my dog (or any PET) cares what I call her is ludicrous.  It's as if some want to devalue humans, by insisting that we share the same level as animals. 

Well, that's not happening here.  I love and appreciate pets.  However, at home, they are at the bottom of the totem pole.  Our dog has a routine, there are places where her "business" is acceptable, and places where it is not.  There are behaviors that are tolerated, and those that are prohibited.  She's allowed in some places, and cannot enter others--even without a gate to stop her.  Rules for her are different than rules for us, and that's the way I like it.

Oh yeah... and what do I call her?

Mia, my hippie anorexic fleabag.

She just wags her tail.  You can take it up with her.

3 comments:

minimedic said...

My husband would frequently refer to my dog as "Stupid Puppy" and Pudgy Puppy still adores him to no end...

Auntie J said...

My best friend will often call her Seeing Eye dog a "toad" when he misbehaves. He still loves her. And he sleeps in her sons' room to eat the monsters.

I have cats, so names are sort of irrelevant, but I do have one who is called "Weasel" far more often than the name originally assigned to him, Pa'ani. He responds to both, which I think is hilarious.

Lawyer said...

I think the key is how we act. Pets respond to our actions. As long as I care for and love our dog, she does so in return. What I call her is secondary. Although, as you say Auntie J, it is funny to see what I can get her to respond to.