If anybody calls their animal a 'furbaby' in my presence they should be glad I am not normally armed with anything more than a leatherman.
Oh I must make you absolutely crazy! LOL! I have called my cat "Sophie" my fur baby on here many times. Do I think of her as one of my children seriously? No. Do I think she's a human? Heck no! Do I love her to bits? You bet! She's seven years old but it feels like yesterday I adopted her. I'm going to be terribly sad when she goes. I've bonded very closely with this cat, more so than any other cat I've ever seen.
"Fur baby," is just a term to me. To me it means different things to different people. For me, it simply means someone who cares a lot about their pets. Does it mean I think they feel their animals are children to them? Na. And I don't agree with trying to treat a cat like a human child either.
Right now "Sophie" is on the front porch, being a cat. It's what I expect of her. She's out there just enjoying the sun, sitting in one of my favorite chairs, and watching the birds fly by though the windows. When she wants a cuddle she'll find me.
Now, having owned cats, having understood them a bit. Does it make me a good candidate to own a horse? Heck no! Oh my dear lord I'm so under-qualified it's ridiculous and I know it! I've learned a lot, thanks you to you people, appreciate it. But no where near ready to be a horse owner. Long ways to go.
Now.. if someone were to come up to me, and try to teach me something about a horse, and it was something like crowding at feeding times.. if they said to me, "ever see a dog with food aggression," I would know what they were talking about. They then could take that association I have in my brain, and teach me a way to deal with a horse who was crowding me. Would it be the same? No. But it would be a good way for me to understand them, me being so raw to horses.
I don't see a problem with someone saying, "It's kinda like this. I'm telling you this so you can understand where I am coming from. But since we're talking about horses instead you gotta do it like that." It's association. It helps things click in my brain sometimes when some things are hard to understand.. Never will I mistake a horse for a dog. But taking things the person who is learning is familiar with, and helping them, guiding them, to understand what you're teaching, yey!!!