Brenda Mejia, "Pet stories," The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA), April 30, 2004
Although I never went as far as calling them my "fur kids," dogs long predated babies in my life. Indeed, in other pages of this newspaper, I am a pets columnist, writing about everything from bearded dragons to border collies. But as I begin to compose the occasional mothering column as well, I've discovered that there's plenty of crossover wisdom between species.
Denise Flaim, "Triplet Chronicles; Dogged lessons in baby care," Newsday, May 17, 2004
Christine Winter, "Pet health insurance plans grow by leaps and bounds," Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), March 26, 2000
The term furkid, of course, takes us beyond the treatment of the animal as a mere companion and into the realm of surrogate kid-hood. Now we animal guardians (1997) can apply our hyper-parenting skills to our dogs, cats, and other four-legged members of the family.
That some of us are doing this is further evidenced by the fact that a number of synonyms for furkid exist, including furbaby (1993; also: fur baby) and furchild (2000; also: fur child).
Many thanks to Denise Flaim for passing along today's term.
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