Something to consider…

Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss
Stats from Colorado State U’s Argus Institute site:

* 63% of U.S. households have at least one pet.
* 99% of these households consider their pets members of the family.
* 83% of these owners refer to themselves as their pet’s mom or dad.
*52% believe their pet listens to them better than anyone else.
* 57% would prefer their pet as their only companion if they were stranded on a desert island.