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March 15, 2013

Propinquity

NORMAN — Propinquity is a tricky little pickle. It can mean “proximity” or “close relationship.” However, there also is a component to propinquity which could be the reason for the end result.

In this great and wonderful world, there are folks who feel closer to their pets than they do to other humans. Consequently, they treat their pets better than humans. Why do you suppose that is?

Granted, humans can be very demanding. They want attention. They want companionship and a little chit chat now and then. They want love. They want good food. They want an excellent libation whenever they are thirsty. They want a nice place to live and a comfortable bed to rest upon. They want to be free to do as they will, whenever the fancy strikes them. And, if they are denied any of the foregoing, they can be quite spiteful. They may decide to trash the house, waste money or destroy a marriage.

By a strange coincidence, pets are also demanding. They want attention. They want companionship and a little chit chat now and then. They want love. They want good food. They want an excellent libation whenever they are thirsty. They want a nice place to live and a comfortable bed to rest upon. They want to be free to do as they will, whenever the fancy strikes them. And, if they are denied any of the foregoing, they can be quite spiteful. They may decide to trash the house, waste money (by becoming more finicky when it comes to food or other things) or destroy a marriage.

Devoted pet owners spend more on their pets for fancy a.k.a. expensive pet foods. Also, since caring pet owners seem to take their little darlings to the veterinarian for frequent regular and emergency visits, the demand for veterinarians is increasing. In fact, there are almost as many veterinarians as there are people doctors. Also, veterinarians provide such great tender loving care to their patients that some people doctors could take a few lessons from them. After all, don’t you want to be stroked and handled with care instead of with combat boots?

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