Pets versus Children

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.

Ellen with Scuppers and Bella

One Comment

  1. Amy
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Ellen,
    I completely agree with you. I have no human kids, but I do have two cats who I feel are my kids. I am completely responsible for them, love them to pieces and would never give them up.
    -amy

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