The Animals In My Life…

….and your life and everyone’s lives…

Companion Animals aka Pets

When we think of animals most of us will automatically think about the dog, cat, hamster or fish that we currently live with. Maybe they sleep in our bed, share our food or take up valuable space on the settee. According to the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association over 40% of homes here in the UK have pets. In the United States, more people live with pets than children (62% of the population – Demello, 2012, 190). And it’s not just the number of households that have pets which is astonishing – the 11 million homes with pets in the UK equate to over 57 million animals (Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association) although I’m not going to lie, a vast majority of those are fish. But doesn’t it say something that even animals we can’t cuddle everyday or don’t necessarily think of as “cute” are given the arguable elevated status of being considered a pet.

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