These words aren’t intended to make you angry, nor to question your love and devotion to your dog. These words are meant to provoke thought and cause you to possibly rethink your choice of words. When I refer to people in the context of their relationship to their dogs, I often use the word “person” or “human”. For example, “Norman the Great Dane’s person brought him to the beach on Friday,” or I’d say “Are you Toby’s person?” or I’d say “Bellatrix doesn’t understand that her humans don’t like it when she barks incessantly at every noise.”
To put things into a little more perspective, last year, France ruled that dogs, cats, horses, and other pets are no longer considered property. This was voted in to ensure that animals have new rights and stronger protection. You can’t “own” a dog in France anymore.
In some cultures, you’d never refer to yourself as owning a dog. If you’re not from an English-speaking country, I’m curious about how you refer to your dog. What choice of words do you use?
Consider this article the start of the 3MD #youdontownme movement! We know how much you love your dogs, regardless of what you call yourself, but just imagine how much happier (if they spoke human) your dog would be if they could understand that you don’t think of yourself as their owner but instead, as their companion or their human!
What are your thoughts on this?