The New York Times just wrote a story the other day about a marketing company in Minneapolis that’s offering employees paid time off when getting a new pet –much like a paternity leave for new parents. The company is allowing its workers to stay at home for a couple of weeks with their new furry friend and get paid while doing so.
I mean it’s already soft AF because the nickname for this is “Fur-ternity” or “Paw-ternity Leave” but the concept in general just reinforces the fact that we, Americans, are also soft AF. Like not a little soft. Like really soft.
At first when I read the story I thought it was something out of The Onion or something, but it wasn’t. It was just another reason why the Russians are laughing at us.
I do understand that that first week that you have a cat or a dog can be a traumatic time for both the pet and the owner, but is it really worthy of a week of “paw-ternity?” It’s not like you’re raising a kid after all. Kinda but like…not really.
News like this has me wondering when people are going to start speaking out for the animals that are left out of this paw-ternity leave. Like maybe a pig or a turtle. This is just opening up the gates to people getting paid time off for outlandish things and reinforcing the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality.
Do yourself a favor. Ask your grandparents or any baby boomer on how they feel about people getting time off to raise a pet. They would laugh at you. Every generation is getting softer and softer and now so at an exponential rate. We need to reverse this trend.
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