“Four hundred years ago, another well-known English guy had an opinion about being alone. John Donne. He thought we were never alone. Of course, it was fancier when he said it. "No man is an island entire unto himself." Boil down that island talk, and he just meant that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we're not alone. And who's to say that someone can't have four legs. Someone to play with or run around with, or just hang out.”
- Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy
There are a lot of people I know, who have pets that are huge parts of their families. Not necessarily dogs, but any sort of animals. Cats, rabbits, even white mice. When I say pets are huge parts of families I mean, they really ARE huge parts of their owners’ families. Owners treat them like they would any other family member, spending large amounts of money on grooming. Doggy parlours are slowly becoming hugely popular, and the concept of “pet field trips” are also becoming rampant. My personal favourite example of how pets are becoming inherent part of human families is people celebrating their pets’ birthday by inviting the pets of all their friends to have a nice party with treats and other animal goodies!
The way that owners incorporate their pets in their lives differs from owner to owner, but the one thing that remains constant is this: Each and every pet owner I have ever come across maintains that it was the best thing that ever happened to them. They all talk of unconditional love, loved greetings after long periods of absence. Pets are indeed awesome, they are. No one likes being alone, nobody wants to be lonely. And human company, in busy times like these, is a tough thing to find. Everyone is busy trying to make their own mark; everyone is struggling to fit in. the intimacy and closeness of human contact is difficult to find, and at such times pets provide the comfort and warmth that is unavailable otherwise.