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Monday, April 14, 2014

Extinction

The last time I had a puppy, I was 9 years old. This might as well have been in the Mesozoic era, since life with a dog was so primitive then. If Buck was good, he got Gaines-Burgers and maybe a Milk-Bone. Bad, we’d deliver stern admonitions over the half-eaten sneaker. But within hours of adopting our fuzzy, adorable Pi, I sensed that being a pet parent today — nobody uses the word “owner” anymore, apparently — means cultivating intelligence, manners and communication skills the way the parent of, say, a small human might.
--NYT, via Marginal Revolution and iSteve.

People unable to differentiate between an animal-pet and human child-offspring will go extinct.

1 comment:

Porphyry said...

America, were we treat women like men and animals like women. http://animationarchive.net/Feature%20Films/Tarzan/Wallpapers/Tarzan-10[1].jpg