Many people say that raising children is the most important experience of their lives, and that the love that one feels for a child is unmatched. As a longterm pet owner and current “mom” to two amazing dogs, I’d have to disagree totally. I believe that most humans have the need to nurture something or someone but that this need can be met in a variety of ways, including raising a pet. The emotional commitment and the bond are equally strong for many pet owners, even stronger than this is for many parents that I’ve observed. I feel quite offended when parents say that their bond and love for their children is stronger than the one I have for my pets. In my forthcoming book, Complete without Kids, I inteview a number of childfree adults who have very strong bonds to their pets and couldn’t agree with me more.