The etymology of puppy leads us to the Latin word catŭlus. A cub is the offspring of various mammalian animals, such as the dog, the cat, the wolf, and the lion. It is, therefore, the offspring of these species.
For example: “My dog had eight cubs”, “In the square there is a cub that seems to be lost”, “The zoo announced that the pair of polar bears had two cubs that were born in perfect health”.
According to DigoPaul, puppies are the effect of animal reproduction. When these mammals mate, the female can become pregnant and later give birth to one or more cubs. It can be said that puppies are the equivalent of human babies.
And like human babies, puppies also need the care of their parents in the first stage of life. It is only as they grow up that they begin to develop the skills to survive on their own. While they are puppies, they must undergo numerous learning processes.
Another of the common points that puppies have with human babies is the tenderness they awaken in us: their apparently clumsy way of walking, their effusive way of reacting to any new concept for them, their eyes full of illusion and innocence, everything This makes us want to squeeze them in our arms and take care of them for life. However, the passage of time can erase this tenderness and lead to abandonment.
At the time of the holidays, both at Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as well as on birthdays, it is very common for adults to give puppies to children, justifying their action with the fact that caring for a defenseless being can teach them a invaluable life lesson to become responsible beings. However, an alarming percentage of these animals end up in kennels or on the streets, abandoned by their own families when they no longer want to continue sharing their lives with them.
One of the reasons people abandon dogs is that they feel they can no longer control them, meaning that their teaching methods are useless and the animals do not respond as expected. Whether they damage valuables, run away, or confront other dogs, the character of a living being is not found in a catalog and largely depends on the breeding it receives. Whatever the reason, nothing justifies leaving someone on the street or in a kennel.
When we see a puppy in an advertisement or on the street, we usually do not stop to think that one day they will become an adult and that perhaps we are not ready to live with them. We are not aware of the complexity of their emotional needs, nor of the consequences that the habit of giving a baby all the tastes can have. All this gets worse if the adoption takes place through a pet shop, since in this way we support animal exploitation.
In colloquial language, the member of a new generation that is preparing to succeed the previous one in a certain area is called a puppy: “That’s my puppy! When I retire, I know that the company will be in good hands “, ” The club’s cubs come with everything: there are several who are already prepared to join the professional team “, ” Come, puppy, I will show you how to use this machine “.
“Puppy” is also the title of a film that directed the Spanish Miguel Albaladejo, the nickname of an Argentine musician (Cachorro López) and the name of several sports teams (Chicago Cubs, Cubs Acaponeta).