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    The author of "The Secret Life of Dogs" frequently refers to dogs as having
    "married" each other. Is this reasonable? After all, marriage among humans is
    a formal arrangement granting each party certain legal rights and
    responsibilities and usually preceded by a ceremony (which may be either
    elaborate or brief). Do you think it's correct to call animals "married" to
    each other or should we stick with "mated"?


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    Denise noe wrote:
    The author of "The Secret Life of Dogs" frequently refers to dogs as having "married" each other. Is this reasonable? After all, marriage among humans is a formal arrangement granting each party certain legal rights and responsibilities and usually preceded by a ceremony (which may be either elaborate or brief). Do you think it's correct to call animals "married" to each other or should we stick with "mated"?
    That seems like an insulting question. God binds one man & one woman
    together in eternal marriage. Why would God be bothered with silly
    animals? Of course, then, animals are only "mated" (that goes for
    gorillas as well as dogs).

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    On Sat, 01 Jan 2005 14:55:33 -0500, "Zbigniew \"Zeke\" GLupi"
    <glupiz@comcast.net> wrote:
    ...Why would God be bothered with sillyanimals?
    Humans are the only "silly animals" in the world! If God thinks dogs are
    merely "silly animals," who needs him!

    Michael
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    Default Animals: Married or Mated?

    "Denise noe <denisenoe@aol.com>" asked about dogs being "married" to
    each other.
    Is this reasonable?
    No. In the case of dogs, I'm not sure "mated" is even applicable,
    except in the case of two dogs who are constrained to live together
    because of outside forces (ie, both are owned by the same family).

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    As long as I'm at it:
    Koko the Signing Gorilla says: "Fine animal gorilla."
    I see no reason to believe that Koko the gorilla says anything. Even
    viewed sympathetically, the supposed "conversations" she has are more
    "seeing what you want to see" than language use:

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/030328.html


    This reminds me a bit of the disaster over "facilitated communication",
    when a bunch of people ignored all evidence and facts and their own
    training. Instead, they saw what they wanted to see:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...info/1202.html

    The full transcript of the program is here:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...ipts/1202.html


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    Default Animals: Married or Mated?

    Denise noe wrote:
    The author of "The Secret Life of Dogs" frequently refers to dogs as having "married" each other. Is this reasonable? After all, marriage among humans is a formal arrangement granting each party certain legal rights and responsibilities and usually preceded by a ceremony (which may be either elaborate or brief). Do you think it's correct to call animals "married" to each other or should we stick with "mated"?
    Some animals copulate, others mate and a few species appear to pair-bond for
    life.

    Human animals are capable of the full mammalian range, but only they
    actually go to the trouble of marrying.

    Tai




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