Ponies- Pets or Dinner?

Well I learned some darn cool things today! While using Google Ngram I thought to myself, what do I care about? I tried out a couple of words, typing in this and that just to get an idea of what words would work and what wouldn’t. (Guess what, Victorian people didn’t write about cookies like even a little bit, lame). I finally decided I wanted to know about pets but I figured typing just the name of three animals would be boring so I wrote instead “cat food, dog food, horse food”, because I like animals and I like food. I figured that which ever food for the specific animal was written about the most would prove to be the most popular animal of the specific times represented in the graph. So here we are, check it out: this   Alright, so what can we interpret from this graph? First of all, in the early 1800’s cats and dogs did not seem that common. Ponies on the other hand? Ponies were all the rave up until about 1818 when people were like actually, these things are smelly and I don’t even know how to ride them (I’m assuming this is what they said). Interesting side not, I typed in after “dog as food, cat as food, horse as food” and at around the late 1820’s was when the first time “horse as food” was written in a Victorian book, coincidence? Probably not. They stopped feeding the horses and started feeding the horses to themselves! (once again assumption not fact) “[D]og as food” was also written a couple of times but “cat as food” didn’t even register, guess they didn’t like Chinese food. Anyway, It seems that overwhelmingly horses were the priority pet, a couple of times competing with dogs until the late 19th century when dogs went up up up, down down down and then finished way up again completely destroying horses. Doing a little research on the Google concluded that horses, dogs and cats were all rather common household pets (horses probably weren’t kept in houses but you know what I mean). Lap dogs were very common among older Victorian ladies, some sources saying they cherished them more than their children. Ponies were common for children to learn to ride. As for cats, although they were less common, they were owned in many Victorian homes. Of course, the lower class never really owned domesticated animals in their homes, middle class and upper class were generally the only ones to. eat horse yumeat-a-horse


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