Property. I own them. I am responsible for them. I make the decisions of what they eat, what veterinary care, what training, where they are when I am not home. I am responsible for their welfare, well-being, and their actions.
Of course they are living beings that have minds of their own, and physical and emotional feelings, and physical, emotional and mental needs, likes and dislikes. And I feel more committed to them than I do to my SUV or coffee table.
If someone steals or destroys my car or my coffee table, I will be angry. If someone shoots or steals one of my dogs, I will be devastated. But they are indeed property. And as property, we owners have rights and responsibilities.
I feel this post is going toward guardianship rather than ownership, like adopt rather than buy. These terms are all a well-executed plan by animal rights groups to change how people think of critters, and eventually eliminate the keeping of critters for pets, working animals, or animals kept for meat or wool.
A child that you raise that is not your own, not biologically or adopted, needs a guardian because for a period they are incapable of making the decisions, and decisions need to be made for them. Dogs are not going to grow up, move out, and support themselves. They will always be dependents of their owner. They do not need a guardian. They need an owner.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC