dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The perils of anthropomorphism

As I've said before, most of the trouble Farley gets into stems from the fact that imbecile Elly sees him as a person in a dog suit and acts accordingly. She never seems to understand that she can never, ever talk him into doing what she wants and she seems to see his behaving like a dog as his deliberately defying her. This blind spot she has would be bad enough were she alone in thinking that admitting that he can't be lectured into compliance means that she's wasting her time pursuing a folly and also being monstrously unfair to an unfortunate animal that simply cannot know what it is he's doing to make her angry.

The problem is that she is not the only person in the house who seems to see Farley and the other pets as people in animal suits. As by way of example, we have Michael stupidly insisting on feeding him table scraps because he cares more about the pleading face of the opportunistic scavenger he's teaching Farley to be than the fact that he's literally killing Farley with misplaced kindness. We have Liz racing around trying to murder Shimsaa because she thinks that the cat is plotting to ruin her because the poor stupid thing wants attention and cannot understand what keyboards are and why not to jump on them. We have people standing around watching rabbits electrocute themselves because they're too dumb to understand that rabbits don't know what electrical current is. This, I should think, is why Phil doesn't see the use of animals in the house on purpose. Sadly, he too blames the dog for the problem instead of placing the blame where it belongs. More on that tomorrow.
Tags: farley: chew toy of fate

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