I used to think there were pet owners and non-pet owners. This appeared to be a fairly evenly distributed world. Most pet owners were pretty casual in their attachments and considered these animals just a few notches up from farm animals. At least, that’s how our dogs growing up ranked.
Today I feel like there are pet owners and then there’s me alone … and thankfully my husband too! Everywhere we turn the conversation is about a cat, or a dog, or a bird, or … some other adopted-into-the-family creature from God’s kingdom. No judgement here, unless they are diving into my crotch as they greet me at the door or ripping my stockings, or even biting me and drawing blood, as recently happened.
The thing is, when did this happen? When did the pet craze go viral? I missed the memo on this one. I’m left mystified by this pet mania. Is it filling some need I don’t have, or is it enriching lives in a way that I’m missing out on?
All very curious, very curious indeed.