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April 5, 2017

Our particular cultural moment is favoring puppies over babies.


Here on the westside of Los Angeles, any time my wife and I are out on a walk with our four-month-old daughter (Evelyn) and four-year-old rescue dog (Bella),
the dog gets more attention and questions asked about it than the most adorable baby girl on planet earth (yes, I know I’m not objective, but still, she’s a baby!). Clearly I’m not the only person noticing that our particular cultural moment is favoring puppies over babies. The top-grossing movie in the country this week promotes a similar message: the plot of Dreamworks’ animated film Boss Baby centers around a cynical baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who is sent on a mission by his corporate bosses at “Baby Co.” to figure out why puppies are getting more love than human babies. Why Subaru Thinks Puppies are the Same as Babies - Acculturated

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 5, 2017 8:14 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Puppies give 'them' the cute of babies and the cooing of others ("It's a precious puppy, yes it is. Puppy woves its mommy.") but without all that drippage, diaper spread, and need for care that interfere with the power-skirt life.

When so much of the culture sees developing babies as mere tissue, puppies are more to be valued.

Posted by: Lance de Boyle at April 5, 2017 9:11 AM

"rescue dog" - just virtue signaling all the way down.

Posted by: DrTedNelson at April 5, 2017 10:56 AM

I rest my case.


As I stated previously, when the Apocalypse comes I'm going to eat those yuppies. When they're gone, I'm going to eat their dogs.

Posted by: edadd at April 5, 2017 6:20 PM

I love the babies in carriages, grocery carts, diner baby high chairs; it gives me a chance to catch the baby's attention and bubble my cheeks, wriggle my nostrils, and wiggle my ears -- one at a time or both at once. It helps if I raise my eyebrows for variety.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 5, 2017 7:45 PM

If I say, "Aw, what a cute little puppy!" They smile and say "Thank you."

If I say "Aw, what cute little girl!" They call the police.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at April 6, 2017 12:54 AM

The brilliant Mark Steyn wrote a column on this years ago. Once living pets become too problematic, the next fad will be inanimate objects given the status of babies/pets, as we have seen in Japan

Posted by: Ann K at April 6, 2017 5:57 AM

Ann, one of my adolescent kids bought a pet rock in the '70s and pampered it. We worried about her for awhile, but then she got a boyfriend. Then we worried more.

Posted by: billH at April 6, 2017 6:56 AM

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