Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pet Parents

I just saw a commercial for pet food that referred to pet owners as "pet parents." I've got to wonder who the target audience of this commercial could possibly be. There can't be any normal people around who actually like being called "pet parents," right? It sounds quite offensive to be referred to in this way.

Some commercials are extremely weird.

9 comments:

Anastasia said...

Okay, so my funny story about this is that my cousin once referred to herself as a "puppy mommy" to her new dog in my grandmother's presence. Grandma, who is sweet and conservative and reserved, replied calmly, "I guess this makes you a bitch."

Clarissa said...

I'm so exhausted right now but this really made me laugh. Thank you for this great story!!

Rimi said...

You should thank you stars, Clarissa, that you think 'pet parents' is a werid label for people to adopt. Fate has protected you from meeting these people. I've met several of them -- one couple had just bought a luxury basket for their cat, trimmed with satin for winter and high-quality cotton for summer, another celebrated his dog's birthdays. A third person broke up with her girlfriend because the girlfriend refused to have their dog sleep in their bedroom.
One man from Texas told me it just proved how selfish non-Christians are (in his view, Christians and white Americans were conflated) that we didn't have the 'culture' of pet-keeping.

So yes, you've been lucky.

Spanish prof said...

As horrific as Michael Vick's actions were (training dogs for illegal dogfighting), in the views of many Americans, he is much worse that many NFL players (or professional athletes, for that matter) that have been accused of sexual assault or rape.

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

I wouldn't say I like it, but I don't find it offensive, either. We do sometimes refer to our cats as "the children," but it's supposed to be a joke, because the point is that they're not children.

meaningfulrevisions said...

I often refer to my cats as my (fur)children. When I take them to the vet, the techs and vet often refer to me as "Oreo/Simba/Hemi's Mommy." I respectfully disagree with you on this issue. If I want to invest in my animals and have a deeper relationship with them, what's the problem? We can all choose what's important to us in our lives (some people are more social, others invest time and money in videogames). Domestic pets are living beings and I care for them deeply. I've also decided not to reproduce or have children so my cats do replace some of my needs in those areas. With so much animal abuse and neglect occurring daily, we need people who will take in animals and care for them. The pet "parent" paradigm may help, in some small way, for people to better appreciate the animal condition.

Anonymous said...

Like meaningfulrevisions, I often call my pets the "furry kids". My nonfurry kids find this funny...and as grownups, they have their own furry kids (daughter has dogs, son has cats).

pamg said...

pet parents are people that love their pets. it has worked out that i didnt have any kids so my dogs are my kids. i have 2 babies and they are so sweet. i could go on and on about my furbabies but i wont bore you. i feel proud to say that i am a pet parent.

pamg said...

a note to rimi. you say that fate has protected her from meeting these people. well i have found that people that love their pets have good hearts. they are not someone to be protected from. i have found in my 43 years that animal lovers are nicer people.