Some people are very fond their pets and treat their pets almost as family members. Do you approve or disapprove of this kind of relationship with pets? Why? Use specific examples and reasons to explain your opinion.
Some individuals bond very closely with their pets, so that the animals, in effect, become members of the family and are treated practically as children. Indeed, it is possible to give a pet too much attention. On the whole, however, a fondness for pets is probably a good thing, for several reasons.
One advantage of keeping pets is emotional satisfaction. Many people find tremendous comfort in pets, which help their owners maintain a healthy emotional equilibrium. It may be better to have an affectionate, rewarding relationship with a pet than troubled relationships with other people. Most of us would rather spend the evening at home with a devoted dog than with a quarrelsome person.
In turn, emotional satisfaction derived from pets is conducive to good health. Having a friendly dog or cat can make one both happier and healthier. The contentment and satisfaction a pet provides may diminish stress and relieve stress-related illness. Thus, a pet may appear to be an extravagance but actually be important to its owner’s well-being.
It is worth noting that German dictator Adolf Hitler was fond of dogs. especially his German shepherd Blondi. Hitler’s companions remarked on how close Hitler was to Blondi, and how happy he seemed in the dog’s presence. If a dog could induce affection even in Hitler, then pet ownership must have substantial benefits for almost anyone. Some pet owners may overindulge their animals, but that is their privilege. Besides, the benefits pets provide are probably worth a little pampering.