When I first joined the Just Labs forum 8 years ago (there were about 50 members then, Monnie and Nance among them, I think), I was a little put off by people referring to their Labs as fur kids and using pronouns such as who instead of which, etc. And I didn't follow suit in my posts.
But at some ill-defined time since then, all those reservations have vanished.
Puff's long since become a "who" and a "she" and not an "it" or a "which."
She's my little girl and as fully deserving of family status in my family as anyone.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
That's good to hear Bob. I wish more people would come to realize that.
You would not believe the flack and grief I receive from "real gun dawg owners" on other websites because I humanize my three. I'm too old to care and to obstinent to change my ways now.
To the other 'old men' on the board that refer to our four legged companions as family members, why do we do it?
(1) Are we old enough to be getting in touch with our femine side?
(2) Do we have no one else to call close family, so our dogs fill the gap?
(3) Are we too old to care and to obstinent to change our ways?
(4) Are our four legged companions simply real family members?
I subscribe to (4), enforced by (3).
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
good for you and Puff!
Bayou Bay's Jeb's Trouble Too, RN, CGC
Bob I like the new softer side of you! Puff, Good Job at showing daddy you are worthy of being family!