Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?
I don't care about animal rights activists, but I have taken "owner" out of my vocab and have been using "guardian" for a while now. I don't think it's to "convey a more balanced relationship between a person and his pet". It's to remove the connotation that pets are merely property, and to emphasize the importance of pets as companions and family members (which is something you can't get from something you own).
One of the dogs I "guard" just flopped over on the bed in his sleepiness. I think he knows I'm writing about him.