I agree completely.
For a similar reason, I'm not really sure that threads like this help, however well intentioned they might be, because they too often shade into a condemnation of "average pet owners" as apathetic and uneducated. Then people get sidetracked trying to figure out if the label applies to them (and defensive if they think they're being insulted), when really the label is a total red herring and distracts from any substantive discussion.
I've just become more and more convinced over time that use of blanket labels does not help anyone's understanding of a topic and, if anything, actively interferes with meaningful communication.
Good point. That certainly wasn't my intention! Like I said, anybody that makes it far enough to come to a forum is already going above and beyond. As far as I'm concerned, all the folks on here are in the upper echelon, no matter their question. They are taking the time to get educated and invest in their dog-related knowledge.
People who aren't dog-crazy aren't bad people. They're not cruel, abusive, or horrible. They're just ignorant, and I mean that in the first part of the definition; "lacking in knowledge", not "uneducated" or "unsophisticated". And that's totally OK! After all, 'average' is a statistic that incorporates the mega-obsessed and the mega-negligent. I'm totally ignorant about cars. I can still own and drive one, I just have nothing invested in whats under the hood, don't care about dents and scratches, and put whatever type or brand of gas is cheapest to get me from point A to B. I change the oil when it tells me to and if I get a 'check engine' light I go to a mechanic. I'm sure to a hotrod enthusiast I'm just an 'average' car owner.
That's my parallel to dog owners; 'average' dog owners can still own dogs, it just isn't important to them how their dog is groomed, how shiny their coat is, what pedigree they have, and give them whatever dog food is cheapest and keeps them fed and happy. They give shots when they need to and if their pet is sick they go to the vet. So to me, they're average pet owners.