Mom gets dog 'blessed & baptized.'

Had my hair blown back today by my Mom. She told my wife that she went to her methodist church minister and had her dog blessed and baptized. She says now she doesn't have to worry about what will happen to her beloved pooch after it dies. Huh?

Is this a common thing for widowed elderly women to do? I am troubled that she is losing perspective on what constitutes a healthy relationship with her pet. This dog is more important than anything or anyone at this point in her life. I own and love pets myself but this kind of behavior is somewhat unsettling. Not sure which folder to file this one in....lol

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Comment by Liz Hislop on October 31, 2013 at 12:17am
What do you mean by that?
Comment by Unseen on October 31, 2013 at 12:33am

Who are you talking to, Liz?

Comment by Liz Hislop on October 31, 2013 at 12:40am

I was asking you what you meant by saying "the elderly are the new niggers"

Comment by Unseen on October 31, 2013 at 1:05am

@Liz - Oh, the elderly are made fun of. Sometimes, it's open season on the elderly. Okay to make jokes about them, ridicule and stereotype them. Just like it used to be with blacks.

Comment by Ed on November 1, 2013 at 7:25am

It has been my experience here on TA that everyone/anyone is fair game to joke about, ridicule, or stereotype. Suiting up with your jousting armor is advised before signing on.

Comment by Ed on November 1, 2013 at 7:31am

@MM

You might be right about the anthropomorphizing aspect. Unfortunately the obsession with her pet has negatively affected her relationship with real humans, myself included. 

Comment by Rocky john on November 1, 2013 at 9:13am

Ed- As an atheist the only real difference between our brain and a dogs is one of intelligence and complexity. There have been many experiments which show a dogs intelligence is about on par with a 2 year olds. . So does that mean a heavily retarded human who is less intelligent than a dog should not be treated as a human? Or do you believe there is something magical about being human?

Comment by Unseen on November 1, 2013 at 9:24am

@Ed - It has been my experience here on TA that everyone/anyone is fair game to joke about, ridicule, or stereotype. Suiting up with your jousting armor is advised before signing on.

Who's talking about being joked about? I mean you'll sometimes find people dismissing the views of other people due to their age. That goes a bit beyond friendly joking.

Comment by Rocky john on November 1, 2013 at 9:33am

It is just we must also watch out for our inherent Anthropocentric tendencies.

Comment by Ed on November 1, 2013 at 10:56am

@ Rocky

"Or do you believe there is something magical about being human?"

huh?  I am not sure what the relevance of intelligence has to do with this thread. My comment regarding my mom was that she has developed an unhealthy obsession with her fury friend to the extent it has created social problems for her. And I don't think someone's belief that low order mammals have a soul and can be saved/blessed has any textual substantiation.

@Unseen

I don't see anything that resembles joking about the elderly in this thread. Maybe I am too dense to see it in my old age....lol

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