Q: When is a pet just a pet?
A: When it lives in the home of a "traditional" family: husband, wife, 2+ adorable kids. It's part of Americana.
In a different scenario, though --one that doesn't include, at least a married couple-- Cute Pet is a substitute for something important. If you're a single woman, especially of-a-certain-age, and you have a dog or cat . . . well, suddenly everybody's a psychologist and they've determined that you're trying to fix something.
At the launch party for my new book, The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree (shameless plug), someone asked me why I hadn't brought my "husband"...referring to my dog, Danny. I smiled a weary smile and said "I left my dog at home." I love my dog dearly, but I'm not confused: he's not my husband, he's not my kid...and he's not a substitute for either of those things. It seems that I'll never get away from this tiresome stereotype.
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