Animal Cruelty — or innocent birthday sharing?



prince george

Dear Prince George,

Like many others viewing your third birthday photos, I chuckled. Thought how terribly cute you are – and wondered what the future will bring. What lovely snapshots of a child enjoying special moments with their family!

However some people are apparently up in arms about these photos. Particularly the one of you sharing your ice cream cone with your dog, Lupo.

According to an article*  published on Yahoo, animal cruelty campaigners are tweeting their dire displeasure about the photo. The jist of their “wisdom”  is – never, never, never feed a dog ice cream – and they are using your photo to ram home their point.

Ta to innocence?

I hope not. I share the goal of wanting to make sure pets are fed healthy foods.

However a practical side of me is musing. What was the world like before the advent of animal food companies.  How ever did  pets survive for thousands of years on what is basically “people” food mixed with whatever prey they might catch for themselves?

We tend to forget that fact in the furor to eat healthy foods – and to provide same to our four-legged friends. We want their companionship with us for as long as possible.

Rightly so.

But I think that sharing one’s ice cream cone – provided it’s not chocolate – with the family pet during a special occasion can be seen as just that.

A happy moment where a little boy and dog bond over ice cream!

And perhaps the rest of us who aren’t George’s mummy and daddy — you know, the one’s who are responsible for bringing up George — can simply smile and wish this little boy all the best!

Happy birthday George!

(C) 2016 by Mary Louise Van Dyke.  All Rights Reserved.