After writing the previous post about Jane Goodall, and musing on the obviously maternal nature of the affection she felt toward the chimpanzees, it occurred to me that lavishing affection on one's pets is largely the province of white women.
You see a lot of them out walking their dogs, cleaning up after them, and in general treating them as if they're their own offspring.
You almost never see a black, Asian, or Hispanic woman out walking a dog. You just don't.
You do see some young black men with dogs, but these tend to be extensions of their machismo (pit bulls and the like) rather than pets they can dote on. White men tend to have more macho dogs than white women, but not as overwhelmingly so as black men. I can't recall ever having seen an Asian man out walking a dog.
Draw your own conclusions.
(By the way, this isn't a post about Asians eating dogs; it's about maternal instinct.)