Skip to comments.Are Dogs Taking the Place of Children? (an alarming reality)
Posted on 06/30/2011 3:29:04 PM PDT by NYer
Dogs are often given the title mans best friend. I get that. However, a new title has surfaced which turns ones dog from friend to family. These days people address their dog as baby.
Last December, I received a Christmas card in the mail with someones dog in the spotlight posing as Santa. Cute? Sure until I read the caption which read, Babys First Christmas. This was just the beginning of my observations.
More recently, I met a rather chatty woman in the post office. She was in the process of picking out a Fathers Day card for her son. Her only requirement was that the card include a dog in its design. At first, I thought this to be an innocent request. After conversing longer, she shared that her sons ex-girlfriend (who I gathered used to live with him) left her two dogs with this man after her departure. The mother was duly impressed with her thirty-year old sons ability to take care of these creatures. So much so that that was in fact the motivation behind purchasing a Fathers Day card for him. So, would such a mentality make her a grandmother?
I found that encounter bizarre enough, and did not think it could be topped. I was wrong. In my neighborhood, it is not a rare sight to see folks taking advantage of trails that line the roads. On one occasion, I came across a woman roller-skating. As I passed in my car, I glanced over to see that she had a baby carrier strapped to the front of her chest. I expected to see a child. Instead, a dog was strapped in with its legs dangling and its ears blowing in the wind. I passed in shock.
A few days later, I ran a 5k in some brutal heat. Surely, if anyone had offered me water, I would have happily accepted. That didnt happen, but I did overhear someone ask the couple behind me if their dog could use some water. I glanced behind me to see a bottle of water being held up to the dogs mouth.
It is not just water alone that is being offered to dogs these days. The options are endless from doggie cones at the ice cream shop to the best beef in town in the dinner dish. With so many occurrences of dog doting, perhaps in this culture I am the one who is seen as odd. Minority belief or not, dogs will never be humans, and therefore we should stop pretending that they are.
After so many extreme episodes of canine care, I began to ponder why dogs have been promoted from pet to person. I believe it reveals a truth that is written on the human heart. The truth I am referring to is that humans are wired for self-donating love. Scripture reveals each person is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 2:27). And who is God, if not Love? (1 John 4:8) The Triune God is a communion of Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Call it a family of three. Richard of St. Victor explained that a requirement of perfect love is sharing with another person, and perfect love between two requires loving for the sake of a third.
All persons are made in the image of the Trinity, and therefore, are also drawn into communion. In marriage, God invites man and woman to model this triune love in their human family. We hear what is written on our soul echoed in Gods command to husband and wife: God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 2:28). The love of spouses continues outside of themselves in the flesh of a human person. For conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful. A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs forth from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfillment (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2366).
What does this truth have to do with dogs? If in marriage, husband and wife do not heed to Gods command to be fruitful in the begetting of children, then this hunger to love something outside of themselves, in union with each other, will find false expression. As seen, one example of this is in the adoption of a pet, where an animal gains the privileges of a person. They are seen as the third in this communion of husband and wife. It is a twisted truth, a pacifier. What these couples truly desire is a child. Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents (Gaudium et Spes 50).
I know several individuals who match this description. With legalized same sex marriage, how much longer before states recognize bestiality?
I have been observing the same for a few years now. First was a woman in her 60’s who referred to her single son’s german shepard as her “grandchild”. Then, my husband works with a man who had a couple of corgis who he referred to as his “son” and his “daughter”. My husband said to me that when he talked about his dogs,he(hubby) felt “icky”.
Yea, I’m guilty of treating them like one of the family.
That's down the list. There are other things first.
Besides, there are still rabid animal rights activists out there fighting to free all the domestic slaves, and they'll tell you that animals can't give informed consent. And these are serious people who MUST be listened to. Not like, you know, religious people.
Q: Why are dogs better than kids?
A: When you get sick of your dog, you can put it to sleep.
This does appear to be happening more and more. I can think of several examples. Why, though?
There is an Ancient Legend of the Cherokee Nation:*
Early in creation, man and animals lived side by side.
But one day the Great Spirit decided to separate man from the animals by giving man an eternal soul.
The Great Spirit caused a huge chasm to open in the earth with man on one side and the animals on the other side.
The chasm grew wider and wider until, at the very last moment, the dog jumped across the chasm to stand by man.
When a dog can respond correctly to the following question like any of my grand daughters can, I’ll think about it. “Sweetie, please get Poppy a beer out of the frigermalator and bring it to me”......
My dog Tojo is very much like a kid. Its like having a perpetual two-year-old around the house.
(Plus he’s almost as expensive as a kid and listens about as well....)
Seriously, my dog IS a valued family member, and dog people understand this. I’m willing to bet that this over-educated hectoring bimbo Jennessa ever had a dog.
I just assumed that the dog may be elderly or artheritic and she was taking it to a park where it could roam free.
PD JAMES The Children of Men. Read it
Dont watch the film. Leftist film industry turned into leftist drivel.
I love dogs, but to see the way some people treat their pets is just plain old idolatry. It can be sickening at times.
Dogs don't care how vilely you behave, they are happy with the bare minimum, and they will love you no matter how badly you treat them.
Perfect child substitute for the lazy and selfish.
And although it does not need saying: yes, dogs are wonderful companions for decent people too.
I played lacrosse with a guy who trained his dog to fetch beer from the fridge. They kept a rope on the fridge handle so the dog could open it up. No lie.
Substitute children for an aging urban yuppess?
At least the social ramifications of a dog spoiled rotten to the core are nowhere near that of spoiling a child. Just look at Obama and imagine how much better the world would be if his mom had just bought a poodle.
I love it.
But my little girls don’t slobber all over the bottle!
“Yea, Im guilty of treating them like one of the family.”
Me, too. One of our recent family photos included the dog
About a zillion years.
Pets are a better bet than kids. They’re cheaper, they like you more, and if they turn out to be a loser you can give them to the Humane Society.
Education is less expensive.
You watching that trial too? Day 43 now. I’m glued to the computer. What a circus the duhfense has put on.
Whatever college Baez went to for his degree should send his money back and double it, just so he will never disclose where he went. LOL
Ashton: “Do you toss your dead dogs in the Swamp”? hahahaha.
You never have to put them on your insurance and they won’t make your wife cry.
Loving kindness to animals is not IMO a false expression of love. Though it’s nice and fulfilling for people to love other people too, I don’t see it as a zero sum game.
Another observation - people seldom have just one; the dog needs "company", after all.
Final observation - the emergence of veterinarians by way of practice growth. I grew up never hearing of dog surgery (other than a busted leg maybe), let alone chemotherapy. I'll bet our childhood vet bill never exceeded 15 bucks.
Ditto! I was owned by two basset hounds and even established a basset hound rescue in my community.
My daughter, who grew up with dogs and cats, was devastated when the last basset died. She replaced him soon afterwards, with a Great Dane! I have no problem with a dog sharing our home but I recoil when she refers to him as her baby and me as his grandmother. We have had multiple discussions on the preciousness of human life and God's gift of animals in service to humans. Given what is happening in society today, is it any wonder she demonstrates confusion as to the role of the dog in our lives.
I love my dog,but come on,thats a hell of a dammed stretch
This phenomenon is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people ought not reproduce, and at least they aren’t making too much of a nuisance of themselves; although a case can be made for sympathy for the dog, depending on the breed.
On a side note, one of those yappy little dogs with lots of hair make excellent bait for Chinook salmon. You just put the yapper in one of those doggy life vests with a sturdy hook tied on with a sturdy leader to your favorite rod, and just heave the little bastard over the side. The more he splashes around in the current, the better your chance of landing a real citation fish. You can even rig up a spinner for some extra action.
If you reel fast enough you can usually recover your live bait with minimal damage, but they are usually good for only one fish per weekend of fishing. You really need to let the little yapper rest for a few days if he manages to land a big one...but be advised that after a while he may become afraid of your boat.......
I prefer to think of all the money I’m saving not having to send my dogs to school :-)
I'm betting you have forgotten the role animals serve in the life of humans. They are faithful companions, designed to perform necessary services. They are not a replacement for children or grandchildren.
Article is a clear exaggeration. The over whelming majority of people put humans first. I have a dog that is a part of my family and tease my children about him being “their brother” it is a JOKE!!!!!!! my dog is spoiled...so what? I love him..so what? and IF the elderly want a dog for company...so what? now excuse me while I go find my dog a steak bone:) ha ha
It’s considered more acceptable to kill a unborn child than to kill a baby dog or cat.
That’s an outrageous; sick thing but most people don’t see why that is a problem.
And the search for civilization continues...
I remember when my kids were growing up and I was always frazzled and untidy, and knew lots of "child-free" couples and they invariably had beautiful dogs. They lavished affection on the dogs, and the dogs loved them back. Sometimes it doesn't work out so well between people and their children. There's a little envy for their leisure and orderly lives...
But dogs don't live long, and they don't graduate from college and go on to become successful adult humans. There's a lot of joy and satisfaction in that. And then you can really enjoy what pets have to offer in the way of stress-free companionship.
Paris Hilton comes to mind: some people acquire dogs as fashion accessories. However, many of these folks often become great cat & dog lovers.
Having a pet is good practice for parenthood of real, live children - a way of weeding out the selfish and neglectful.
Better to treat a dog like a baby - than a baby like a dog!
We have elevated the animal up to the level of a person. If you don't believe me, a 7 year old girl was raped by a Liberian in the DC area.
The rapist escaped any jail time.
No one came out to protest about that poor girl. However, at the same time, Michael Vick was protested in the streets by animal lovers.
Sickening. People cared more about a dam dog than that poor girl.
Being kind to animals is one thing, but kissing them and treating them like a human being is about the same as same sex marriage, it is sick, but would you believe i was in my 30s before i was convinced that the things that happened in Sodom and Gomorrah was things that could actually happen? i did not believe that a human being could do that.
“She refers to him as her baby and me as his grandmother”.
I do think dogs act as a replacement for those not yet having children and those choosing not to have children. One of my SIL’s actually had a “baby shower” when they adopted a puppy. Not only that... she sent out actual birth announcements. (yes, she is as nutty as a squirrel turd). Christmas cards included the humans and dogs in santa hats. That did change when they actually had a human child. I have heard it referred as the “dry womb syndrome”... no children or future thought of a child; thus, the dog becomes a replacement. Just a thought
THANK YOU! That piece of information fits perfectly into the puzzle that was presented to me in the late 60s by an Italian immigrant. He had received a classical education which, at the time, was the trend in Italy. Essentially, children were introduced to their heritage through studying the Roman Empire. This was accompanied with a study of the Latin language. As they progressed in their studies, they were then introduced to the Greek Empire and its language.
This friend assessed the american landscape at that time and made a pronouncement I will never forget. Seeing the rise of feminism in the US, he described how the same phenomenon occurred in both Rome and Greece. It was soon followed by a rise in homosexuality, after which, those societies collapsed under the weight of moral decay and the destruction of the human family unit. He then predicted I would witness this in my lifetime.
At that time, the US was still viewed as the most powerful country in the world. The notion of these events manifesting themselves in my lifetime was laughable. I stopped laughing decades ago as I watched his predictions manifest themselves. Now, you have added yet one more element to that picture.
You may think you're being semi-facetious. But Peter Singer, the well-heeled, sociopathic "ethicist" at Princeton who co-founded the animal rights movement when he was at Oxford, has been working on that issue for about a decade now (Peter Singer's 'Heavy Petting').
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