Take, for example, the dog owner who insists that Biddy the dog is her baby. It’s one thing to refer to her as a baby in name; it’s quite another to lavish said dog with more toys, designer “outfits” and collars, and even expensive food than millions of kids see in their lifetimes. You are not a parent. You have a pet. And though it’s your money to do with what you choose, it would be so much better spent on, say, feeding homeless vets or clothing orphans rather than getting Fido a diamond-studded collar or doggie cookies for every holiday.