This could be an irony just because most pets enthusiasts in Europe or America can’t imagine how Africans treat a dog pet or a cat pet (how I wish they witnessed it themselves and it would have been the most sought trip ever to tell and to ask: “Why the Teddy Bears?” I don’t even want to tell you every curious person like to put forward this inquiry).
Since before the turning point of these African living pets, their ancestors have suffered enslavement and mistreatment in the hands of their owners, who believe in never considering a pet as a member of a family, an absurd adage that renders it as a mere animal. They also laughed at English foreigners, their colonialists, for giving dead pets, which they normally throw in a bush or in a public incinerator, a human burial.
I wonder why they rarely go outing with a living dog or a living cat in a car in town. Take urban centers in Nigeria or Ghana where you see different races of teddy bears in a car or in a jeep day and night, this is to me a wrong imitation of English foreigners, loving what is unliving than what is living. African civilisation has nothing like teddy bears for adult—only the improvised form which exists among the female tots age 3-10, using it to feel like mothers.
Look at it this way. It’s not a wrong thing, however, imitating colonialists or English foreigners for pets like cats and dogs to enjoy in Africa. In a few prospects it’s fortunate some fewer educated and uneducated Africans take good care of them because it’s wrong to maltreat them or to throw their dead ones in a bush or in a public incinerator. This doesn’t fit today’s culture.
The best culture is practicing taking care of them by bathing, taking them out to the vet when they fall sick, speaking to them and taking note of their normal behaviors in your log book. You can buy great feeds for them in vet-shops or vet-chemists; where specialists may like to advise you on how to make good, even bucks, out of them.
This is a smart transformation for pets. Most Africans begin to prefer the high breed dog to local type, meaning the killing of dog-pets for meat may soon be a history. This change suggests the culture of eating dog pets is almost on a dead scale. A true democracy for living pets has come here.