When did the word "adoption" become popular for getting animals from a shelter? I also see dogs & cats referred to as "this sweet little boy" or "this lovely little girl" in the "pet rescue" ads in our local paper.
Recently I've also heard of dogs being given first, middle, and last names. On a trip to the vet we saw a Yorkshire terrier with it's own version of a baby's diaper bag complete with toys, treats and grooming aids. At Pet Smart you see folks with dogs in their buggies shopping for toys and letting the dogs "pick out" stuff.
I wonder when we'll get to the point of allowing dogs into restaurants but excluding children as is the case in some European countries? (Believe me, I've been in restaurants where screaming children SHOULD have been excluded and well trained dogs would have been preferable!)