There’s quite a few arguments out there between dog people and cat people. But if one takes a step back than there’s something quite remarkable about the argument. And that’s what goes unspoken during it. People aren’t just talking about what kind of pet they prefer.
People come into the conversation with set assumptions that having a pet is amazing. And this isn’t something to dismiss too quickly. We take the idea for granted within our culture. But we can benefit from stepping back to really consider how remarkable pet ownership really is.
Even the term pet ownership isn’t as accurate as we might wish. Ownership implies something rather one sided. But life with a pet is a very different thing. Anyone with a cat can offer up examples of how they often know exactly what you’re feeling. How a rough day with emotions held in check can just start … Read the rest