On the hiking trail again today. Ahead of me were two women walking a large sheepdog.
Woman 1: You know what I read recently - is that in larger cities like in New York, you can now rent pets. Isn't that great?
Woman 2: [laughing] Are you serious?
Woman 1: Oh yeah! You can rent a pet for while, or a weekend, or rent one for a walk. I mean, I guess in a big city maybe you don't want a pet for life, but it'd be nice for here or there, or for a day.
Woman 2: Yeah, I guess it's a good thing huh? You can sell anything these days!
Woman 1: Yeah, like maybe if you were a divorced Dad and had the kids for a weekend, you could rent a puppy or a dog for the kids. Or if you were lonely, you could rent a dog for the week. What a great idea! Pet Rentals!
YEAH. Because animals don't bond at all, hmmmm? They have no feelings, no separation anxiety, and should be treated as RENTAL PROPERTY, yes? Let's just rent them out to the kind of humans who actually think animals are rent-able and continue to reinforce the notion that we humans seem to think that creatures other than us are disposable. Yes, brilliant.
Next up: how I feel about renting abandoned children! Not sure if you want children?
Rent a Kid! Try it on!
I swear I need a room in my house where I can just smash stuff. I need a fainting couch.