Pets Are People, Too! Essay

1714 Words Nov 19th, 2015 7 Pages
For some people, having a pet means constant cleaning, getting up in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature, feeding, and interrupting your activities to acknowledge them in their need for attention, but most of all, a burden, and an agonizing chore. For others, having a pet elicits feelings of unbridled joy, endless love and affection, and above all else, never having to be alone. For those select individuals, it includes labeling them as a member of the family without whom your family feels incomplete. Such a distinction speaks of pure love, devotion, and a deep bond, but the questions must be asked: how beneficial is the relationship between animals and people? How similar are animals in comparison to other people? …show more content…
Owners often speak to their beloved creatures as if they were speaking gibberish to a baby, with the only noticeable difference being the lack of some vocal response or laughter similar to a child might do. The humanization of companion animals has become so intense that the pets, themselves began to take the place of dead or departed loved ones, or spouses who’ve become ungrateful (Kete, 2004). In this instance, it is presumed that the person is feeling a sense of abandonment by others and is looking towards their furry companion for a level of comfort not provided by their counterparts. Within the past two decades, medical evidence has accumulated which suggests pets have contributed to their owners’ mental and physical health (Serpell, Wolfe, & Sanders, 1998). Dogs are acutely attuned to their human owners’ behavior and emotions. This allows them to look for emotional signs within others (Robinson & Segal, 2015). Whether it’s a dog or a cat, having a companion animal increases the likelihood of socialization for the owner, especially in situations where contact is made with another individual who keeps a pet. Playing or most any type of interaction with a domesticated animal has been known to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax (Robinson & Segal,

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