Linda & Richard Eyre: More households with dogs than with children

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    I agree with this article. I noticed this when I lived in Seattle. Almost five years ago, the city put a lot of effort into their dog parks, and I noticed that there were substantially more pets than children. The city simply wasn't kid friendly, and then I took a job in Utah. I found it refreshing to see playgrounds on every corner, and moms with strollers and parents with more than the token child. I found the schools to be filled with children, and the parents of these children willing to volunteer their best efforts not just for their own child's "special" needs, but for all the kids in the class... and honestly it's such a nice change. I am grateful to live in a state that has not forgotten children, and the handicapped, the widow and the LEGITIMATELY (not like many fake "victim groups" that are fabricated in our culture, but in reality have much more disposable income than the supposed (but no longer) "norm" of dedicated single income earning parents.) underprivileged. There's a better sense of community and wellbeing here. Sadly many Utahns don't recognize just how good blessed they are.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    In some cases the dogs (or cats) are much easier to get.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    Nov. 25, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    Well Chark, you may not have been in a big city grocery store lately. Walk into one in New York City someday and see how much more space is devoted to pets than to kids.
    And how can you be overly dramatic about the decline of families and family centric thinking in this country. It is both dramatic and dangerous and we need to have it pointed out tol us more often!

  • chark16 South Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    If there is a difference in the aisles of pet food and the baby stuff it is totally understandable. Pets are finicky and will not eat something unless they like it. Parents generally make their kids eat what the parents choose. Less choice, less pickiness allowed. And please, there is plenty of baby stuff in stores. It isn't hidden in one sad corner. Give me a break. And what grocery stores possible have more than one pet aisle. Richard and Linda Eyre are ridiculously dramatic about everything.