A close friend, a successful journalist, an attractive girl and wife, bought a dog with her husband. They are not ready for children at the moment but will consider this question in five or six years. Having the dog is an excellent solution to redirect all the love they have at the moment from each other into something else. At parties, when the conversation begins about children, vaccinations and kids successes, my friend also has something to add to the discussion. Friends were surprised — why did they get an animal that would stay at home, whilst the couple travels and goes to work?
Previously, dogs were guards, then companions, now they have become family members. You can not call dogs Fluffy or Pumpkin any more, now they’re called Theo or Jackie. As a result, the business of producing and selling goods for animals is blossoming. For example, in the USA, $ 44 billion a year is spent only on pet food and toys. And last Halloween $ 400 million was spent on costumes for animals.
The status of animals in our lives varies for several reasons. Young people postpone the moment to get kids and legalise relations. Millennials are generous for time and emotions that they give to animals. They have a chance to train responsibility and care. Big companies like Google encourage this way of life: animals are brought to the office and employees receive benefits to spend on animal care, while they are travelling for business.
Parents invest money in their children, the millennials — into animals. They place devices that monitor their pet at home. There are also cameras to talk to pets while owners are not at home! Luxury items like memory foam bedding are widely available, so your pet can get a proper nights rest. Moreover, millennials want their animals to eat in the same way as humans do. You can buy ice cream for dogs or doughnut-shaped biscuits and even wine for cats!
At this point indulgence for pets has not ended. Vacations cost much more: instead of giving pets to friends or parents, owners find people on special pet sitting services online who will play and feed the animal. Or place pets in excellent hotels for pets, where there is a plasma in the room and a relaxing pedicure in the evenings.
I am stroking my cat while I am thinking where will all of this lead? Will there be a widening gap between those who are for animals and against children? Criticizing this cultural difference is simple, but when I see the happy eyes of a cat that meets me in the evening or my happy friend who talks about her dog, I feel like an insensitive stone.
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