Many families back home have pets, mainly dogs followed closely by cats. The pets are usually kept for specific reasons – usually security or getting rid of mice respectively. That is how I grew up and that is what I knew for a long time. Let me add that these pets are not allowed indoors except when required to. Nowadays though, some people have started keeping lap dogs.
You can imagine my shock, dismay and surprise when I moved to the west and learnt that people there keep their pets not only in their houses, but many of them consider them to be part of their families. The shock! The confusion! How could a dog be one’s child, I asked myself. I was equally shocked to hear that people mourn the passing of their pets. One African colleague’s dog died and she passed memorial leaflets around letting everyone know about it. I could not understand its, especially because she was African.
However, I now view pets slightly differently mainly because of the Dublin, shown below, one of my parents’ dogs. I love Dublin and wish I could see more of her. I hope I do not become heart broken when she passes away, though.
How do you view your pets? Are they family members?