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To find the increasing humanisation of animals ridiculous?

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pinkmagic1 Fri 14-Apr-17 16:30:19

I will start by saying that I am a huge animal lover. I studied animal care at college, have worked in a boarding kennels and volunteered at my local city Farm.
I totally understand the bond between humans and their pets and know people wish to treat them on occasion. However on visiting a local pet shop today I find dog perfume, cat and dog beer and wine, including something called pursecco and bottom sniffer, along with full size dog easter eggs for sale! Not to mention the little outfits they sell for dogs.
Am I being unreasonable in thinking the humanisation of animals has gone just a little far?

RedBugMug Fri 14-Apr-17 16:31:49

yanbu at all

Asmoto Fri 14-Apr-17 16:32:51

Dog perfume? Does it smell of fox shit? grin

shesnotme Fri 14-Apr-17 16:33:16

yanbu. --I do loves my doggy in his easter outfit--🙄🐣

Babyroobs Fri 14-Apr-17 16:33:25

Yanbu - it's ridiculous. I do consider my dog to be my baby and she is definitely one of the family . One year she did have a doggie advent calender.
is the perfume to disguise the smell of when they roll in fox shit ordead fish? This is my cockapoo's favourite scent !!

FishyGill Fri 14-Apr-17 16:33:42

My cat thinks you're being U & cant wait to try pursecco!!

Saucery Fri 14-Apr-17 16:34:20

YANBU, but where there's a market for that crap people are going to churn it out to sell to fools who would do better to buy a stuffed toy.
The only perfume a dog needs is from a good run in the fresh air and a swim in a river.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Fri 14-Apr-17 16:34:23


- and my phone just auto corrected yanbu to Tabby. Pets are taking over the world grin

newtlover Fri 14-Apr-17 16:41:16

YANBU, but it's in the nature of capitalism to find ever more useless and ridiculous items to sell to people (cf bottled water in the country that has the safest tap water in the world)
the reasons why people are susceptible to these kinds of products is another question

MovingtoParadise Fri 14-Apr-17 16:41:23

Hmmmm, they're just gifts though. We have increasing 'giftitisation'.

So I'm not really thinking people are buying them for their pets.

Though I do put my dog in t-shirts/kilts/outfits blush as she looks AMAZING

SmilingButClueless Fri 14-Apr-17 16:41:52

On the fence here.

Some of the stuff seems a bit ridiculous, but things like dog Easter eggs and advent calendars have been available for years. Dogs seem to like them and it stops them trying to steal ours

WorraLiberty Fri 14-Apr-17 16:44:15

Some clever business ideas there.

Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Apr-17 16:44:49

I had an email from a big pet store today selling paddling pools for dogs. hmm

I am very much a cat person, but I don't feel the need to dress mine in clothes weirdly. Because she's a cat.

Dogivemeabreak Fri 14-Apr-17 16:48:00

What about the dogs in strollers?

FreddieFlowerdew Fri 14-Apr-17 16:48:24

YABU -- what harm does it do? I think it's very clever as people often spend more money on their pets than other family members.

Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Apr-17 16:49:26


pinkmagic1 Fri 14-Apr-17 16:52:13

Oh good lord sparkling, I really have seen it all now!
I very much doubt the dogs that the perfume is brought for have much of an opportunity to swim in rivers or roll in fox poo sadly. One of the scents was called 'Old Spike'!

kathkim Fri 14-Apr-17 16:54:14

What?! I am buying my dog a padding pool for this summer. Why not? He is always splashing the water out of his water bowl - he'll love it.

Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Apr-17 16:54:16

The dog's face speaks volumes pink. grin

I think the worst bit is pet owners think their pets have human thought and emotions. They really don't.

MovingtoParadise Fri 14-Apr-17 16:54:43

I've seen quite a few dog strollers. They're mostly used for very elderly and disabled dogs. There's one down my street pushed by a very bent over elderly man.

I get a lump in my throat when I see them as I hope him and his collie die together as they seem so old and dependant on each other sad

witwootoodleoo Fri 14-Apr-17 16:55:51

I always feel sad for dogs in clothes.
Dogs don't need clothes. They have fur. It's really unnatural for them and can make them very uncomfortable as it interferes with their ability to control their body temperature. It also constructs their movement.
People do it for their own entertainment not for the dog's wellbeing.

watchoutformybutt Fri 14-Apr-17 16:56:04

Some of it seems dangerous. That carrier looks awful, dogs aren't meant to be positioned like that. I hate the silly shoes that make them walk funny.
Things that are just harmless fun dont bother me. I don't dress my dog up or buy pursecco but if other people want to waste their money it's not my business.

witwootoodleoo Fri 14-Apr-17 16:56:43


Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Apr-17 16:57:22

Laughing all the way to the bank....

Asmoto Fri 14-Apr-17 16:57:50

One of the scents was called 'Old Spike'!

Thinking up dog perfume names based on well-known fragrance brands must be quite fun for those who do it.

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