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More and more these days, people tend to refer to their pets as members of their families. They think of themselves as the “mommy” or “daddy” to Princess Purr or Mr. Barky. Or, ideally, animals with names much less wretched than those, but still. It might seem like some of your friends or neighbors take things a bit too far, what with fancy collars, mobile grooming services, organic treats and the like, but give them a break: Compared to these ridiculous pet-related anecdotes, even your most fur- or feather-crazy acquaintance will seem pretty much normal.