First is the commercial where the cute puppy is being trained by the little boy. Supposed to be harmless, and we initially come away with the "awwwww- shucks would you look at this" response. The puppy gets to lick the mouth of the boy, and here is where I almost upchuck the bowl of cerial that I was eating. I usually stay in the same range of TV stations so I get to watch more than a single daily dose. I'm not surprised that the program "Monsters Inside Me" doesn't have this commercial as sponsor. If memory serves me, one episode was about a cat that had a pariste, and the infected child owner eventually died as it worked it's way into her brain. She was in the habit of bringing the cat in contact with her face.
But consider, we teach our children to keep their hands away from their faces and to wash their hands often. Another is nose picking, a habit kids usually start until corrected. A preventive measure that stops microbes and parasites entry to their systems; not to mention socially taboo. But if this type of inter species relationship is the acceptable norm, so why bother teach the kids any of these things.? If a butt licking dog is cute licking his master's face, why should society hold any disgust over the regular hygene habits
The next is a preview of a series soon to come to TV in a few weeks. The clip starts with a stark desolate snowy landscape with large flakes coming down. Walking toward the camera is the dark silhouette of a tall man with wide fidora and long "gunfighter" type trench coat. He's carrying something in his right hand. As he approaches and stops, the camera lowers to the head of an hatchet dripping with blood onto the new snow.(It is reminisce of the adult rated "Shining"). The caption reads "Coming soon" or words to that effect and fades out. Now this is in prime time, and I can visualize a few thousand young children's stop in their tracks as they take this scene all in. Most are at an impressionable age, and another will ask what it is all about. Social damage already done of course.
So lets get the violence and lessons in bad habits out of daily TV, and no it's not normal. Also keep animals away from very young children, and not even if they are adult monitored situations. A dog could latch onto a baby girls face in a split second. The skin at this age is very pliable and thin with no resilience. I saw one cat on an animal "CuteTV" who was close enough to scratch the eyes of a 2 year old if he wanted to. Not one adult protested as the paws got inches from her face.(the position of the animal was one where a cat would instinctually lunge out to protect his underbelly). They were all looking on with that "awww-shuck" expression.
Folks, write into the stations and protest. At least we can save some children.