Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Part of the family

I went shopping today (for once I've started early on my Christmas shopping) and one thing that I thought was really unusual was how much dogs and cats have really become part of the family in the US. For one thing, while the pet shops have all manner of toys for dogs and cats, some of the clothing shops also now carry a dog range. I was impressed to see dog clothes and other items for dogs at the Old Navy Shop (no cat stuff I'm afraid!).

Also, they have Christmas cards that are from the family dog or cat. While some people may say that's crazy, I reckon it's not a lot different then people signing off on cards on behalf of their infant children. People were also encouraged not to forget their cats and dogs and to get them to take a photo with Santa! It just goes to show that animals really are a part of the family here.

24 Comments:

Blogger Mezzo said...

Hee, Dawn, you're quite the anglo - I think that Asians have quite a lot of rubb- - i mean, cute stuff for their pets as well.

But yeah, I know what you mean! Even Victoria Secrets had some doggie collars this year!

12/12/06 2:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha - I don't think I'm very anglo :) Maybe I just don't get out enough in Singapore! I wasn't expecting to find DOG clothes in a peoples' clothes shop :)

On one hand I do agree with you -does a dog really NEED a poofy coat? On the other hand, it's sweet that people really do think their animals are part of the family.

12/12/06 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was at the pet shop and people are buying hamsters, puppies for children and some kids look wild and hyper, wonder will happen to the frail animals.

Told the pet shop they're promoting suffering by trying to make profits from tiny frail animals, pet food and accessories.
They said the society was like that...good grief.

12/12/06 9:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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12/12/06 11:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's sad especially since having animals really is a great opportunity for kids to interact and have a friend if handled properly. Studies have shown children have named their pets as being among their top 10 confidants.

12/12/06 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Hi Dawn,

Pet stuff by leading brands are becoming very common. Louis Vuitton, Coach, etc all have a range of dog collars and leashes. Less for cats though.

In the US, dogs & cats are often seen in shopping malls. I brought my dog to Home Depot and no one batted an eyelid, I had a few remarks like cute dog, what's his breed, etc. The closest experience I came to shopping in Singapore with my dogs is at Pet Movers in Pasir Ris. My dogs roam freely in the pet mall there and the staff are very welcoming.

Marilyn

13/12/06 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we do have quite a way to go in accepting pets into the mainstream. it's a shame that animals are considered "dirty" by so many ppl and shunned.

it may be an asian thg to consider animals far lesser beings incapable of thought or feeling, or the fact that we now live in such a sterile environment that bits of fur and dirt are considered filthy and disease bearing.

13/12/06 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As population ages, pet dogs and their owners need to go out often instead of sitting around at home 'waiting' to die or be depressed. They sit around in parks and do very little, those lucky ones have a meaningful agenda, they look more vigorous as they feed neighbourhood cats and are loved back in return.

Let pets travel in public transport, eat in public places and be allowed to enter shops.
I was in Utah and huge pet dogs enter art galleries.

13/12/06 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give it a little time and the mindset will be that having a dog/cat is better than a child. At least you know where the dog/cat is most of the time and the dog/cat listens to you....most of the time.
Anyway the child grows up & is probably not going to be even on the same continent as you are in yr twilight years. He/she has his/her own life - unlike your pet! Now, who's family?

13/12/06 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AVA is spending huge amounts of money in TV advertisments, they should also allocate equal amount of funds for stray cats sterilisation.

13/12/06 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree with anonymous 12:43 as I have been helping this eldderly couple in their 80's. Their children did not even visit them on Chinese New Year. Now penniless as their children took away their life savings long time ago.

Only the neighbourhood cats would greet them. Animals have a role to comfort the weak. We need them.

13/12/06 1:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I know of an elderly lady whose children had nothing to do with her. The only ones who had time for her were her cats - they were her reason for living.

13/12/06 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a pet-friendly hotel. One small time hotel in Singapore allows few community cats in its premises, the favourite ones sit on counter tops, carpets and even accompany housekeeping team to the rooms. Guests play with the cats no one die from cat-related diseases.

13/12/06 1:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Nice! I'd love to visit that hotel!

13/12/06 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm holidaying in Australia now, where bush fires are troubling some regions. Every day, we see on tv images of firefighters trying to overcome these fires.

One of these really touched me. In the midst of trying to save homes and human lives by battling the fearsome fires, some firefighters were showing concern for families' dogs as well. These firemen truly cared for the lives of these domestic pets - they were shown patting them lovingly, trying to calm them down and allay their fears, and tenderly carrying them away to a safer spot.

That was heartwarming - not only that they bothered to save the animals, but that they seemed to be genuinely concerned about their lives. Indeed, both animals and humans have an equal right to be respected, loved and cared for.

14/12/06 8:17 AM  
Anonymous imp said...

i was at Carl's Jr. This caucasian couple brought in their chihuahua in a tote bag. cute image. i, however, was waiting for the staff to chase them out so that i could take a photo, write about it and post it all across.

but nah. they were rather tolerant. or rather the staff just ignored. prob because it's a small dog that was sitting on the owner's lap.

14/12/06 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

In Singapore it's harder for restaurants to allow dogs in, especially if it's certified halal (e.g. McDonald's). But there are some restaurants that allow you to bring your dogs, as long as you sit outside.

Overseas, like in the US, Europe, Australia, etc. It's not so much of a problem as there's less considerations for muslims.

With our multi-cultural and multi-religious society, allowing pets in restaurants and malls is not going to happen, I'm afraid.

14/12/06 11:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Marilyn, I'm not sure that's true. I think that there are countries where people are extremely tolerant. In some countries for example, there is a move away from even saying Merry Christmas for fear of offending non-Christians. I think we're just not very used to it as a culture and it really means that everyone has to be tolerant.

14/12/06 11:22 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's lovely!

Imp - glad to hear she wasn't thrown out.

14/12/06 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Imp,

It was because they were Caucasian... that's why they didnt get thrown out. Try a Chinese doing it. And even if they throw you out, they are right in doing so. Because I believe most malls have a NO PETS ALLOWED sign. And Carl Jr can get into a lot of trouble should there be food safety inspectors around.

14/12/06 11:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - I don't understand why that's so though I understand that's the law. In some countries, Hong Kong for example, the cats in cafes are part of the tourist attraction. One more thing as a tourist attraction? :)

14/12/06 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to the Buddhist relics exhibition, wonder how the relics of cruel animal abusers would look.

14/12/06 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any one seen relics of animals?

14/12/06 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it is good to know that animals are treated like part of the family! I cannot imagine what my life would be like without my beloved cats!

-nyo-

18/12/06 9:28 AM  

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