There has been much discussion recently some due to this article, also general chat about being a ‘pet parent’. Mum does not consider herself a pet parent, she is British and finds the term a bit odd. However, she knows many of her colleagues and friends use it and respects their right and wish to do so. Mum loves us all, we are the prime beneficiaries of her Will but she found the term uncomfortable until…….
The subject came up online and an amicable, interesting discussion that took place between pet blogging colleagues. It was an illuminating comment from colleague Susie Barnes McGavin who says that the term pet parent is meant to make people feel more responsible for their pet. [our underline] We read this and had a real lightbulb moment, an epiphany! Susie points out that …. it’s easy to throw out or give away property, which is for “owners.” But, it is more difficult to do that to an animal that is considered a family member.
- Suddenly we thought, YES, that’s IT. THIS approach we are happy to adopt, and endorse. We will use the term ‘pet parent’ with this intention in mind. We believe that if we too can encourage people to think of a cat, a dog, or whatever anipal as a family member, not as an object to be owned, then cruelly discarded – this has to be a good thing and we wholeheartedly endorse its use.
While Mum still cannot call herself a ‘pet parent’, she now realises that the term has the ability to make a difference to hundreds, if not thousands of lives. It may even make our constant battle for animals abandoned due to ‘owner decease’ easier, who knows. So stand proud and call yourself a Pet Parent if you wish – we will back you to the hilt and respect your love and your reasons why – we learned something good today.