I've never had a dog. In fact, it's taken me many years and a
small amount of mental labour to actually get to a point where I
feel comfortable in the presence of a dog. But I know many of you
out there view dogs as much like miniature people, who are like
your brothers and sisters in all but genetic make-up, ability to
speak, cognitive function, walking style, and texture.
I also know that among those of you who can identify with these
sentiments, there is a further sub-section who will, say, dress
your dog up in a cowboy outfit. Or get their nails manicured (not
sure whether you call them nails or claws but you know what I
mean). Or create Facebook pages for them, as if they really were
competent users of social media.