Has society taken things too far in regard to the Humanization of dogs? Lately I have been giving this a lot of thought because of some of the things I have observed and weighing the pro's and con's of the effects it has had not only on our pets but the perceptions that we as humans have. I think its important to discuss this humanization, so I intend to make several different posts in regard to it. This of course is part 1.
Recently, Miranda and I were in our local mall and surprised to see a pet shop that had gone out of business recently reopened. So Miranda and I went into the shop to see if it was the same owners. We were very disturbed by what we saw.
As we entered the shop we saw a bunch of white baby cribs lined up on both sides of the shop. In the cribs were plexiglass boxes with puppies inside that were for sale.
The marketing scheme and tactics used to sell these puppies are pretty clear. Lets humanize them and make them as cute an cuddly as a baby. After all lots of people think human babies are cute, so lets take it one step further and put them in cribs so they are associated with human babies. This type of marketing will certainly tug at the heart strings of those who wish to have a baby.
So what do you think about this? Are you comfortable with the association?