Thou Shalt Have No Other Dogs Before Me

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For the Love of Dog

Luxury pet resorts with spa packages.
Ice cream trucks exclusively for dogs.
Tools to monitor your dog’s fitness.
Canine costume festivals.
Hyper-gourmet dog food.
Doggy dating services.
Canine clothing lines.
Pet psychotherapy.
Pet fashion shows.
Pet TV channels.
Doggy daycare.
Bowser beer.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of the fact that pet adoption in America happens over twenty-three times the rate of human adoption,[1] or the fact that there are more than twice as many cats and dogs in America than children,[2] or the fact that we spend over $61 billion each year on our pets—enough to feed, clothe and educate more than 135 million children in poverty-stricken countries.[3]

Considered in isolation most of these pet innovations are probably harmless. Yet the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. When you consider them together, an ugly cultural trend becomes apparent: we have a “pet humanization” problem, and fewer and fewer people (Christians included) acknowledge it as a problem at all. …Read More.