PRECARIOUS PET CHILDREN
We were reviewing some article clippings we saved over the years and came across an essay in an issue of TIME magazine, “Demoting the Dog” by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. The author wrote about how before she had her human baby, their basset hound, Hoover, had been her fur baby.
After Cullen brought her child home, she found herself growing to resent Hoover. She wrote, “The moment my child entered my world, there was no more room in it for my dog.”
To be fair, Cullen expresses the hope that someday her love for Hoover will return. For now, though, the dog had been demoted “from pat to pet to pest.” She says, “In our culture, this is the hate that dare not speak its name.” Her heart and attention are completely devoted to the baby.
Animal shelters (and deserted country roads) are filled with people who have fallen out of love with their pets. At least this author, for now, wasn’t considering abandoning the dog.
But does turning our pets into children have this unexpected downside? What happens to the fur baby when a human baby comes along with its utter dependence on parents and grandparents and ability to take over their lives?
Any thoughts? Any stories? Any solutions? You can post your answers at our Angel Animals Facebook page: www.facebook.com/angelanimalsnetwork and “Like” Angel
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Allen and Linda Anderson
ANGEL ANIMALS NETWORK – Where Pets Are Family
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