Hi, everyone ... MP here! Sorry we've been MIA lately ... lots going on and hopefully we'll be back posting regularly soon (as well as making the rounds of our friends' blogs, which we very much miss).
Busy as things have been lately, though ... I had something I wanted to share with everyone. Lots of people, myself included, are uncomfortable with the word "ownership" when it comes to our pets. They are our family members, our companions, in some cases our surrogate children ... it can vary. But the point is that as companion animals have become more central to our emotional lives than they used to be in the days when they were largely our working partners (which is just as deep a bond in many cases, though certainly a different kind of relationship), we have become more and more uncomfortable with the word "ownership" in relation to our dogs and cats. We are their caretakers, their guardians, their parents, whatever. Everyone's verbiage is a little different, but the emotion behind it is, I think, largely the same.
It never crossed my mind that this mindset could possibly put my pets in danger, but after reading THIS ARTICLE I am absolutely convinced that it might.
Words are powerful, as we know all too well, and in this case they may be more powerful than we ever imagined. "Owner" is not a word I'm particularly comfortable with as it pertains to my view of myself in relation to my pets, but if calling myself their owner is what I need to do to protect them, then that's what I'll do.
Assuming you read the article I linked to above, what are your thoughts?