Different parts of the world view pets and animals in different ways. It's a difference based in culture, religion, and climate. The differences are mirrored in language as well.
In the US, I've noted a tendency for people with pets to no longer call themselves "pet owners" - many say "pet parent" or "pet guardian." At the same time there's a movement for stronger laws protecting pets, and for laws punishing animal abusers. This is wonderful. Caring for our furry friends can lead to improvements not only for them, but to a more caring society on all levels.
A mother of a child is called "mamma" and the father is "pappa." In relation to a pet, the words are "matte" and "husse." If you watch someone else's kids you can be a "dagmamma" - mom during daytime - and if you watch someone else's pet you're a "dagmatte."
Here, I call myself a doggie-mom and around other people I tell the dogs to "come to mommy." When no one else is around I speak Swedish with them. Poor babies have to be bi-lingual...
I think language matters because it influences our way of thinking. Do you think it matters? What do you call yourself in relation to your pets?
~ Maria Sadowski