Apparently I have been watching some strange things on TV lately because an ad for the DogPedic mattress caught my eye. This ranks very close to the top of what I perceive as a totally useless item.
Of course, I can hear some of you now talking back to your computer screen, “That Herring–what does he know about pets. He doesn’t have any!”
You’re right. I don’t have a pet and have no intention of doing so. Even as a child when we went through the cycle of owning a parakeet (that was my mom’s idea), a tank full of fish (I’ll take responsibility for that one), a rabbit (named “Fluffy” and I’m guilty of that one too), and finally a dog (finally, one I can pin on my dad) which was with us the longest and had it’s life come to an end beneath my parent’s bed, I saw the joy a pet can bring to a household. But, being the practical German I am, I also experienced all the work that was involved in taking care of the animals. Remember, I was an only child and couldn’t pawn the work off on anyone else.
In more recent years, I’ve noticed many folks turning to pets as their main source of affection. I can only presume that their efforts with other humans didn’t turn out as was expected and they felt lonely. Therefore the increase of time and money spent on one’s pet can be viewed as a replacement for human friendship which could be spotty at best.
Many vets have become wealthy over our culture’s desire to preserve the lives of animals and purveyors of products such as the DogPedic memory foam mattress willingly step into the void we humans find in failed relationships. Even when others won’t give us the time of day, our old trusty canine friend will at least give us a sniff before walking away.
Don’t even get me started on cats as I’m allergic to them and keep my distance whenever possible.
Do I sound a bit callous when speaking about pets? Maybe, but at least I’m not trying to pick up dog hair from my clothes or furniture. The Lord has released me from that.