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Lobobear44 01-02-2014 04:09 PM

Best term owner or guardian
I use guardian because dogs are someone, not something. Using owner sounds like a dog has the same value as a car and sounds lesser. Although people have different points of views on this.

Montu 01-02-2014 04:20 PM to me sounds like I'm watching the dog for some Dogs are (usually?) considered property by law and you do purchase them

Not that it matters

gaia_bear 01-02-2014 04:38 PM

I'm an owner, I bought him therefore I own him.

Castlemaid 01-02-2014 04:43 PM

Guardian sounds like the the dog is under the age of majority, and once he matures, he'll move out and get a job.

I prefer owner. They are my dogs. Period.

jocoyn 01-02-2014 04:45 PM

I own my dog, sorry.

Freestep 01-02-2014 04:45 PM

Legally, dogs are considered property, so "owner" is technically correct.

The term "guardian" is something that AR groups espouse, because they don't believe in animal ownership. Taken to its logical extreme, this means that we should not keep animals as pets, either. Some AR groups downplay this fact, others proclaim it proudly, but none of them deny that this is their ultimate agenda.

Since "guardian" is the word AR groups want in place of "owner", it is something of a hot-button word for a lot of dog people. I don't agree with the AR agenda, so I won't use the term "guardian" to refer to dog owners.

The way I have used the word "guardian" is when someone other than the dog's legal owner is looking after it--in my case, I have a breeding bitch for Independence Guide Dogs. She lives with me but I do not legally own her, so I refer to myself as her "guardian owner". It carries the same day-to-day responsibilities as being a legal owner, but technically, I can't claim her as "my dog" until she is retired from breeding.

I might have to find a different term for this, however. I've recently seen some 'doodle breeders advertising for what they call "guardian homes", which is the same thing as I'm doing--keeping and feeding a breeding dog owned by someone else--except that instead of a nonprofit guide dog program getting the puppies, the breeder gets them back and sells them for profit.

I could go on about that, but that's not the subject of this thread.

Blanketback 01-02-2014 04:47 PM

Owner here. If you want ownership of my dog, you have to pry it from my cold dead hands, lol. There's lots of responsibility that goes along with ownership, and guardian or handler or custodian just doesn't seem to convey that meaning the way "owner" does, IMO.

jocoyn 01-02-2014 05:00 PM

Words can have a lot of meaning and unintended consequences:

AVMA position paper

BowWowMeow 01-02-2014 05:02 PM

Legalities aside, I refer to Rafi as my dog and Gio and Varda as my cats. I am their person (NOT their parent). However, I do understand that I take full legal and practical responsibility for them.

JakodaCD OA 01-02-2014 05:30 PM

I also refer to my dogs as "my dogs", in the end I am their "owner"..Dogs are not "someone", they are not "people", they are my pets that are beings unique to themselves, not people.

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