News and Commentary about the City of Hudson, New York
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I was once criticized--by Scott Baldinger, on his blog Word on the Street--for referring to the people with whom dogs live as the dogs' humans. He seemed to think, if memory serves (the post can no longer be accessed on gotohudson.net), that owner would be a more appropriate term. Now we learn, in The New York Times,that brain imaging findings show that "dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child," which suggests that the appropriate term for a dog's human companion is not owner but guardian: "Dogs Are People, Too." I'm not too far off thinking of myself as William's human, as he is my dog.
This blog takes its name from the 1850 novel by Hudson author Alice B. Neal. The original Gossips of Rivertown cast a gimlet eye on Hudson society in the mid-19th century. More than a century and a half later, the new Gossips carries on the spirit of the original, but in a different genre and with a different focus.