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On the over-anthropomorphisation of dogs

I've always had trouble with animals; I've never really got on with them. Dad's allergic to cats and dogs, so we didn't have any pets other than goldfish when I was growing up. This has caused me to be quite hesitant around cats and dogs: I don't wish to sound mean, but I view them as greedy, selfish little things, and I don't see why other people think so much of them.

The group of ladies we meet with in the park are, on the other hand, devoted to their dogs. Sat outside the cafe they swoon over them, treating them almost like children. One lady Lyn and I know even pushes three or four dogs around in a pram. I should probably be fine with such behaviour - it doesn't hurt anyone, and each to their own - but yesterday I got really wound up about it.

I had already been there for some time, drinking coffee and trying to read. When Deb arrived I went over to join her for a chat. I really enjoy Debbie''s company and she's great to talk to, but when other ladies arrived with their dogs, she switches her attention entirely to them.

Something in the way they talk to the muts as if they can understand human language, and refer to theirselves as the dogs' mothers irritates me. Perhaps I'd had too much coffee, but it really started to wind me up yesterday: the way they over anthropomorphised these yapping little MCDs (Mobile Crap Droppers - Dads label for dogs) got to me, and I wanted to yell that they were animals, not children, and there were many real children in the world in desperate need of the care and attention they seemed to award these yapping little pests.

However, I didn't. To do so would have been mean. In the end I just trundled away, hoping I hadn't offended anyone by being so sullen. I don't know why I got so moody over it. Part of the problem is my battery is going on my powerchair, so I can't go for my usual strolls. If these dogs bring them so much joy, then that's fine; but I just don't understand how they can seemingly anthropomorphise these animals to such an absurd degree.

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