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Old 05-11-2013, 11:50 AM
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Default Changing dog "owner" to dog "guardian"

I've been seeing this pop up all over facebook. I'm sorry but i really don't think changing a word, is going to make people not abuse or neglect their animals..
Check out their pledge lol :

Call myself and others "guardian" rather than “owner”
Make a lifetime commitment to my animal companions
Adopt animals only never buy or sell
Spay or neuter my animal companions for their health and to prevent overpopulation
Provide nutritious food, fresh water and daily exercise for my animal companions
Care for the emotional needs of my animal companions
Refer to my animal companions as “he” or “she,” not “it”

This is their site :
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:02 PM
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I am a dog owner, my dogs are my possessions, and my possessions are protected by laws.

I'm not going to give that up so that someone can feel warm and fuzzy about calling themselves a guardian.

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Old 05-11-2013, 12:04 PM
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I think that changing owner to guardian to be all PC comes with crossing a line from animal welfare to animal rights. You're the guardian of kids, not dogs. And yeah, my dogs are my stuff and therefore protected. We're all good.

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Old 05-11-2013, 12:26 PM
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I think it's a terrible idea. The idea of dogs as property, while it has its flaws, also grants our relationship a tremendous amount of legal protections I don't want to give up.

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Old 05-11-2013, 12:28 PM
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Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Gwen doesn't care if I call her "it" or if I refer to myself as her owner. She really doesn't care.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:39 PM
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^what Boston and Sass said

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:44 PM
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Meh. It doesn't really bother me either way. I don't use the term 'owner' a lot but it's not really because it bothers me or anything, it just... doesn't come up that way usually. And despite my username, I don't call myself a 'mom' either unless it's like in joking fashion or light heartedness or whatever. I think guardian is a fine word but I don't see the need to 'promote' such a thing as if being an 'owner' is soooo terrible. I just don't really care what you call yourself.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:15 PM
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The terms don't bother me. I could really care less what you call yourself. What bothers me is the legal ramifications and the rights I would loose as a "guardian" vs owner.

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Old 05-11-2013, 02:21 PM
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:29 PM
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My dogs are mine, I own them. I do not own a child I can't choose what kind of education a child gets but I can choose for my dogs. But I'm positive if you asked my dogs they would say I'm their slave.
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