You’ve heard about the notion that pets tend to take on the looks of their owners. Well some people have taken it a step further and anthropomorphized the feelings and attitudes onto their pets.
In a piece by Tara Kelly in the Huffington Post we discover that there are those owners who spend millions on changing the appearance of their pet to ‘improve a dog or cat’s quality life.” This of course does refer to the need to make physical changes to a pet that suffers physically but for some owners , it’s all about the animal’s self esteem.
“Jim and Jaime Davenport of Atlanta, Georgia opted for the testicular implants for their English Bulldog. In an ABC News interview, the couple explained that it was just too “out there” that their dog, Munson, had been neutered.”
The Davenports were apparently extrapolating a failed sense of Munson’s manhood and thus decided he needed a neuticle transplant. Neuticles are “the fake, bean-shaped testicles made out of solid silicone, which come in a range of sizes for the neutered dog to maintain pride and self-esteem.”
Really? Pride and self-esteem for animals lies in their appearance? Sounds a bit like human vanity to me and a poor explanation to put their pet under the knife; a practice that organizations like the ASPCA says can be life-threatening. I have two dogs who are considered a part of our family. I have always had pets since I was three years when our grandpa bought us a Collie pup that we named Zip from the kindergarten reader “See Zip Run”.
I have never seen any of my pets are those of people I know who have ever spent time primping themselves or admiring their features in mirrors. Animals may have sense of themselves as it relates to other animals but for some humans to automatically assume it is line with how Homo sapiens see each other is the height of narcissism.
Your pet could be a three-legged mutt with one ear shorter than the other and they only thing that matters to them that I can honestly attest to is how their owners treat them. Treated with care and affection my pet is most happiest when I give them attention on a regular basis.
People who “neuticle” their male animals or pay to have a tummy tuck done to “Princess” the poodle are only affecting a sense of self-esteem within themselves. Failing to realize that it is the affections and acts of love that gives their pets a sense of value speaks volumes to the fact that such people who put appearance over deeper human values of compassion, wisdom and tolerance.
If pets could talk might we not hear something like this.
“Get a life you bi-pedal twit. I’m a freaking canine. Give me a place to lick my ass, sleep and wide open spaces to run until I drop and I’ll be as happy as those people who spend way too much time in front of that reflector glass altering their image, maybe happier. Oh Yeah. Could you clean my water bowl out every now and then. If you really cared about my self-esteem you wouldn’t force me to drink from where you’se guys relieve yourself”