Anthropomorphism and the World of Canine Luxuries The New YorkerIf you have the means, you can treat your dog not just like a human but like a well-heeled sophisticate. A couple of years ago, I put on my shoes, grabbed my purse, and asked my dog Luna if she needed anything from the bodega. It was then that I realized just how deep into the madness of pet anthropomorphism I had sunk. My excuse, of course, is the same as every other nut job’s. I swear that Luna, a fluffy, mischievous, ninety-pound Border collie–Great Pyrenees mix, is basically a human. She’s as big as one, anyway, and as expressive. Friends come over for parties, gaze into her skeptical h...





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