Have people mistaken your pets for your children?
For many of us, pets are part of the family. Some of us even refer to our pets as our children. To outsiders, this can cause some confusion.
Years ago when I moved from Louisiana back home to New York City and brought my two cats with me, I called a friend in New York to say that I was nervous about leaving them to ride in cargo. A stranger overheard part of my conversation—the part about me “leaving them at check-in with some water.”
I hung up the phone and this stranger marched over to me and asked, in a very angry voice, “What kind of mother are you, leaving your children at check-in to ride in cargo?”
I had to explain to a very embarrassed stranger that these “kids” had fur on them. She quietly retreated.
Cee’s Animal Rescue
Carol Collins of Cee’s Animal Rescue can relate. “I always call my animals my babies,” she said. “Imagine how confused some people become when they overhear me say I ride my babies. I then have to explain that all my children are four-legged, and the ones I ride are horses.”
“Once, while sitting in a coffee house with a friend, I was telling a story about my baby drinking from my pond. A lady sitting nearby, interrupted our conversation, and scolded me for not tending my children better and for permitting such behavior. Once again, I had to explain the situation. She was obviously embarrassed.”
The Tiniest Tiger
My friend Joanne McGonagle, who writes the popular blog The Tiniest Tiger, and her husband, Paul, found themselves in a similar situation.
“When Gracey was first diagnosed with feline diabetes, we went to fill a prescription for glipizide at the local CVS,” explained Joanne. “When the pharmacist asked my husband for Gracey’s date of birth, he stammered and said, ‘Well, we don’t know exactly.’ The pharmacist then said ‘What kind of father are you?’
“Then the pharmacist’s face turned red. He apologized profusely when he read the prescription closer and saw that it was from a veterinarian and it said feline diabetes.”
If you have a similar tale of mistaken identity, please share it in the comments section of this post.