Can You Get Along With Non-Pet People? According to information reported in a Kelton Research article, 81% of pet owners regard their animals as family members. Fifty-eight percent refer to themselves as the “daddy” or “mommy” of their pets, and 77% of pet owners purchase birthday presents for their furry friends.
As one would suspect, there are people out there who claim this type of behavior is “crazy.” Obviously, the two ends of the spectrum with regard to what is “normal” behavior are polar opposites. While some people would go as far as to take out a loan to pay for a dog or cat’s medical care, there are just as many individuals who would react with “you spent how much on an animal?” In a similar way, an avid pet lover may not be able to sleep without his or her pooch curled up in the bed, while another person may say “a dog in my bed? You have to be kidding!” This leads some individuals to ask is it possible to get along with non-pet people.
Well, here is what mental health experts have to say about what some people would refer to as pet loving goofiness. The blatant puppy love demonstrated by numerous individuals is not necessarily a sign of an imbalanced person who require serious therapy. On the contrary, experts state that it is simply the instinctual need of humans to care for and nurture the more vulnerable, and pets are the perfect outlet for this need.
In addition, according to mental health professionals, pets also give us an instant reward. No dog owner could refute the fact that animals essentially always return the love, care and baby talk we shower them with on a daily basis with their own form of love, affection, and loyalty.
So can pet lovers and those who say they are not “animal people” ever truly get along? It is probably possible, just as people with different political or religious beliefs can respect each other and remain friends. However, most dog lovers probably feel more comfortable around people who share their enthusiasm for their pets. No one wants to feel like their friends are secretly thinking “this person is crazy to treat an animal as if it is a furry human.” Similarly, a dedicated dog lover may sit there wondering how his or her friend can be so unresponsive to that appealing little face as it begs for attention.
Ultimately, treating pets as family is not a new phenomenon. It is actually centuries-old and can be traced back to Julius Caesar’s time, when the popular trend was for women to walk about Rome with pint-sized, bejeweled dogs in tow. Famous playwright Eugene O’Neill did not get along well with children, but adored his Dalmatian named Blemie, the latter of whom slept in a four poster bed and wore a Hermes coat. Frederick the Great, who was King of Prussia in 1731 was deeply devoted to his Greyhound, and wrote wrenchingly of the dog’s death as being “unbearable grief.” He was also quoted as saying “it is best to be too sensitive than too hard.” This statement begs the following question: are those of us who pamper and spoil our animals too sensitive, or are those who are unmoved by these furry friends too hard? Perhaps this question will never be indisputably answered, but it is definitely food for thought!