According to about.com, the partnership between humans and dogs was in the beginning based on needs for help with herding and hunting, an early alarm system, and a source of food in addition to the companionship. In exchange, dogs get companionship, protection and shelter, and a reliable food source.
I have nothing against dogs being domesticated. In fact, I like dogs, especially the big ones (Labradors and golden retrievers). But as usual, we’ve gone beyond domestication.
In my opinion this is too much. I like my dogs clean but naked (the way they should be). I want them to bark and pant and act like a, uhm, dog. Not giving them any reason to think they’re humans (read: Animal Farm) but treating them humane at the same time.
In sir Jonjon’s words, don’t pet a dog (or any animal) just to appear cool and/or to show them off. It entails effort, time and investment, both emotional and, in today’s trend, financial.
On other news, 300 pitbulls need our help.