is the attribution of uniquely human
characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Subjects for anthropomorphism commonly include animals
depicted as creatures with human motivation able to reason and converse, forces of nature
such as winds or the sun, components in games
, unseen or unknown sources of chance, etc. Almost anything can be subject to anthropomorphism. The term derives from a combination of Greek ἄνθρωπος
Humans seem to have an innate capacity to project human characteristics in this way. Evidence from art and artifacts suggests it is a long-held propensity that can be dated back to earliest times. It is strongly associated with the art of storytelling
where it also appears to have ancient roots. Most cultures possess a long-standing fable
tradition with anthropomorphised animals as characters that can stand as commonly recognised types
of human behaviour. The use of such literature to draw moral
conclusions can be highly complex.
Within these terms, humans have more recently been identified as having an equivalent opposite propensity to deny common traits with other species - most particularly apes - as part of a feeling that humans are unique and special. This tendency has been referred to as Anthropodenial
Many breeders do one set of litters back to back, and then give the bitch a break. There really are two schools of thought on this issue, with some people waiting a year between litters. I personally would not do a back to back more then once, but before dogs were domesticated (and probably for a long time after they were domesticated) bitches bred on every heat cycle.
Bitches vary widely in there recovery rates, so there really can be no hard and fast rule. I personally believe a case by case evaluation is the only thing that makes sense. I know many, many bitches who have been bred back to back, and I've never seen any harm come of it.
You need to be careful with anthropomorphism. Dogs are not humans, although many times they seem like it. I mean after all, for all intents and purposes, Jesse is my son.