8 signs you're too close to your pet
Puppy Love1 of 9
By Shannan Rouss
First, a disclaimer: We love animals. We own them or know people who do. And we think they deserve affection in bundles. But sometimes that affection can cross the line from cute to high-functioning crazy. Here are eight tell-tail signs that you may be a little too close to your pet.
Friend Request2 of 9
Your pet is on Facebook—and has more friends than you do. While social media welcomes four-legged friends (see Dogbook), posting updates in the voice of your pooch (Just back from the dog park—good times!) is somewhat troubling.
Animal Magnetism3 of 9
You refer to another animal as your pet's boyfriend or girlfriend. Playdates are fine; date-dates are not.
Terms of Endearment4 of 9
Your pet has a pet name. It will only confuse your animal when you refer to her as "baby," "monkey," "stinky," etc.
A Matter of Loyalty5 of 9
Someone has actually said to you, "It's me or the dog." If it comes to this, then dog help you.
How Fetching6 of 9
Your pooch never misses her monthly paw-dicure. Yes, there are now pet-friendly spa vacations, but that doesn't mean you should take them.
Fashion Hounds7 of 9
You wear coordinating outfits. We're all for colorblocking, but remember: Your pet is not an accessory.
Trust Fund Pet8 of 9
You leave your estate to your pet. Animals don't need mansions, drivers or family heirlooms. They will accept treats, though.
Who's the Birthday Girl?9 of 9
You invite friends to celebrate your pet's birthday. It's one thing to buy your dog a bone for the occasion; it's quite another to subject pals to a full-on Fido fete.
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