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What constitutes a 'furmommy'?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Beret, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    I think we can all agree that the label 'furmommy' is used as a pejorative here, and it gets thrown around often when discussing any number of negative/harmful styles of ownership.

    In your opinion, what are the defining qualities of a 'furmommy'? Not the little things that often go hand in hand with the image, but basically... What draws the line between a 'furmommy' and a responsible owner? Do you think there can be any overlap? Do you dislike the term being used, in general?

    I'm just curious to hear the different thoughts on the term, especially since it's used so frequently.
  2. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    I think humanizing dogs is what makes someone a furmommy IMO it has nothing to do with being responsible owner or not
  3. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    What about the people who use the term affectionately? Outside of the bull breeds, it doesn't seem to have the same negative connotations. Do you think they unanimously view their dogs as furry little people?
  4. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

  5. ownedbyBOO

    ownedbyBOO Little Dog

    A furmommy is a mommy to her dog, catering to its every spoiled demand. They forget they are dealing with a DOG

    they tend to get hysterical if you imply in any way that their precious darling is a spoiled shit because they are pampering and coddling instead of training their dog and handling it like a dog

    fur mommies do things like petition the town not to have fireworks because fluffy gets nervous. Fur mommies allow their dogs to act like idiots and try to sooth them instead of correct bad behavior like incessant barking.

    Fur mommies blame make kids stop playing in the neighborhood because their precious get over excited.
  6. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    I'm a fumommy in some ways. I dress my dogs, paint their toenails and in the case of my chinese crested...occasionally use food coloring to make him look like mobile cotton candy. :) In my desfense...the intent was to make him red. I should have known it would turn out pink, but it was still awesome. :)

    But in general I agree with Boo, though I think a lot more damage is done with the "humanizing" (anthropomorphising) mentality as it is MUCH more common even in otherwise good and conscientious pet owners as opposed to those who petition the city and yell at kids for the ake of their dog's mental state.

    "Furmommies" think of their pets as having human morals. Two best bud pets, or siblings, or mother/duaghter dogs are thought to have the same mental relationships as humans do, and it is UNTHINKABLE that they may ever harm each other, and if they do, they must be "bad" dogs. Furmommies believe their pets have a moral understanding of human right/wrong and human laws. A furmommy's pet would know better than to ever harm a child, or small cute animal. A furmommy's pet NEEDS to be able to roam freely to be happy, NEEDS to go to the dog park to play with his bestest doggy friends in order to live a fulfilling life. A furmommy's pet may NEED to have litters to experience "motherhood" or keep it's balls because it's "wrong" to unman him, etc.
  7. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I agree with Tanner.

    When you humanize a dog, you cross over the line and then you become an irresponsible owner, IMO. You are setting your dog up for failure.

    If you want to dress up your dog, or polish it's nails, that's your choice. Just don't forget that a dog is not a human. Once you lose sight of that, it's over for the dog.
  8. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Well my view on it is someone who really thinks their 'furbaby' has human thoughts, wants, and etc. and can reason and is their child. Anthropomorphizing.

    When someone calls themselves or others a furmommy/daddy to their animal, call their animals furbabies, etc. I believe is what Beret is saying. But a lot of these people have shown themselves responsible owners and they totally realize they own dogs, and not kids.
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  9. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    Poisoned and Gatorpit pretty much nailed it, at least for me. I think of my dogs as my kids, and I love them like children, but I also realize they are DOGS and have different needs, thought processes, and behaviors than any human. They don't have "morals" or a sense of right and wrong. They shouldn't be coddled and treated like little angels who could do no wrong (although the same could be said for how some people treat their human children, but I digress).

    I do some "furmommy" stuff, I guess- my dogs sleep on the bed and under the covers if they want, I buy them fancy collars, etc. I have painted Melon's toenails once or twice, mostly to torture him though, so I'm not sure if that counts. :lol:

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