How about at least expecting the same from an animal that would would from a human. People don't let their kids crap on the floor and pee on the drapes!!!
It is very VERY sad that humans have come to the point where they serve an animal as if its a King or Queen. Indeed being feed the best food in the house, cared for and pampered day and night, bathed, waking up at odd hours day and night to submit to orders of being taken outside or inside all points to the Human being the servant and the Dog as being the Master.
I have seen people spend more money on their dogs cloths than their own kids cloths, and yes like your mom the dog crapped and pee'd anywhere it liked without a care. Only to have a human come after it and pick up its crap then lavish affection on the animal like a mindless slave. When she gets home from work the first thing she does is walk right past her kids to her dog, cook her dog dinner and bitch at the kids for not cleaning up. In fact, if she does not feel like cooking she makes her oldest son drive to KFC and buy the dog some chicken, bring it home and remove the chicken off the bone then put it in a plate for the dog. Strange world...
Many dog owners might hate me, but I treat my dog like a dog. She comes inside and goes outside when I say so and eats regular dog food, walks by my side [not 10ft in front pulling me] and does exactly what I say, when I say it not when ever she feels like it. Never on the couch, never on the bed, always on the floor, if she barks and I look at her she stops barking, if I walk in the house she sits and waits for my permission to enter, I always walk in first, I put my hand up in the stop position and she sits and does not move or make a sound.
I'd have to agree with your sentiments. I'm all for treating animals fairly, and was actually a vegetarian for quite some time...but I frankly find it ridiculous when people let their dogs get away with things that they'd ground their kids for a week for. A well-trained dog, I feel, makes a far better and more fulfilling companion than a spoiled brat of a dog.
My dog, though, is pretty spoiled...but we tried our best to train her. She's just extremely arrogant and dominant by nature, and won't listen to half of the things we say. I guess we just got unlucky. :P