Pets Give Us Joy

I always say that whenever people decided to domesticate dogs from the wolf, it was a brilliant idea! People say that “dog” is “God” spelled backwards and I believe it. Dogs are such good companions to us, our children, to the elderly, to persons in prison, individuals who are ill or are physically challenged. Pets, in general, offer such a wonderful addition to our lives, and contribute to us in many different ways.

I found it interesting to learn that approximately 76% of all households own a pet in comparison to 28% of households (married and single-parent) have children, or 85 million have pets and 35 million have children. In 2017, one (1) billion dollars was spent on private health insurance for pets. Trends in pet dogs is the expansion of the family to include dogs within our everyday activities, routines, and lifestyles.

I love my little dog. He is aging and I worry about him.

But, I must say…., reading these statistics made me think about children too. We have approximately two and one-half more pets than children. Interesting…..

So, as a tangential comment, my mind has wandered now to children.

We love our children too, and we also worry about them. I think I should post about children since I posted about pets first!

This is #gratitudezero. See the post on February 28, 2021 for the definitions of types of gratitude.

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