I’ve talked about animal care and medicine before, and this morning, Jennifer over at the Women’s Bioethics Blog writes about companies providing vet insurance as a benefit of employment, and whether it’s a good thing, or if we’re (to be blunt, and in my own words) insane for treating our pets like members of our family.
But for those of us with pets, and as I explain in my comment to Jennifer, they are our family, or at least a big part of it. Pets love us unconditionally, are there for us at all times, and mostly just want us to take the time to cuddle and love them. When you’re having a bad day, there’s not much better in life than to come home and curl up with a purring cat in your lap, or a happy dog on your legs. And the benefits pets give us, medically and socially, are well documented. If you have pets, you know this and get it… and if not? I can’t help but feel you’re missing out.
With that said, I hope you’ll all join me in sending Daniel and his family sympathies at this time – his photogenically goofy Cadbury passed away yesterday. While it wasn’t unexpected, for reasons Daniel explains, it’s still a sad loss, and I know Cadbury will be deeply missed.