As assessing the empirical validity of stereotypes is the blog’s raison d’etre, here’s one that holds up. The percentages of adults, by the number of children they have, who “almost always” regard their pets as members of the family (N = 670):
I enjoy our dogs and so do my children. If the SHTF and food is scare, though, they’re on the menu.
The dogs, not the children. What the hell is wrong with you?
GSS variables used: PETFAM(1), CHILDS(0)(1)(2-8)