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But can I please have the same respect in return?
I own dogs. They are full adult canines, and I assert property ownership rights over them as a conscientious and highly committed head (and only human member of) the household.
They are not my children. They are not even like children to me. They are like dogs. This is because they are dogs.
I am becoming a little frustrated that all pet owners are increasingly shoveled into a category of "pet parents"--complete with mountains of anthropomorphism and infantalizing baggage. And when I protest this I get treated like the devil-spawn reincarnation of Descartes.
Yes, dogs have feelings, thoughts, expectations and personalities. But they are the feelings, thoughts, expectations and personalities of a non-human (albeit domesticated) dogs. And I choose to respect that by speaking of them at all times as dogs, not proxies for juvenile humans--not even metaphorically.