But having experienced the miracles of modern human medicine, they demanded the same standard for the pet.
He is slated to be retired at this end of this month, at which time he will go from working dog to pet.
“We have activities together, we see each other, we eat, we pet our dogs,” Huff told The Daily Beast.
What he found is that the pet universe has become a strange reflection of the human one.
Williams did not need to feel around when he reached from his wheelchair to pet Orlando.
I have a brother a year younger than I am, and we each have a pet cat.
She had been a pet all her life, and, like most pets, her eye partook of the human quality.
Sam Morrow found that he was no longer the pet of the "best set."
It had been the dear pet plan they had nursed in common with all the parish.
Gwethyn was almost in hysterics at the danger her pet had escaped.
"tamed animal," originally in Scottish and northern England dialect (and exclusively so until mid-18c.), of unknown origin. Sense of "indulged child" (c.1500) is recorded slightly earlier than that of "animal kept as a favorite" (1530s), but the latter may be the primary meaning. Probably associated with or influenced by petty. As a term of endearment by 1849. Teacher's pet is attested from 1890. Pet-shop from 1928.
"peevishness, offense at feeling slighted," 1580s, in phrase take the pet "take offense." Perhaps from pet (n.1) on a similar notion to that in American English that gets my goat, but the underlying notion is obscure, and the form of the original expression makes this doubtful. This word seems to have been originally a southern English term, while pet (n.1) was northern and Scottish.
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