For a long time I thought that this trend of bringing our dogs into public places was a process of humanizing our pets and treating them like people.
Now I wonder if the inverse is actually true: We might not be humanizing our pets. We might be dehumanizing ourselves.
I don’t know why this would be the case, but maybe it’s got something to do with how we’ve integrated technology into our lives to such an extent that our animal interactions have declined – declined so much that we want to have dogs with us when we go out for coffee; want to take our dogs with us when we go to the grocery store and go on vacation.
Maybe we just don’t want our dogs to be alone because we would be lonely if we were left behind while the rest of the family went on vacation. Are we so sensitive to loneliness?
Here are some more thoughts on the subject: Humanizing Dogs/Dehumanizing Humans.
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