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Why do we let creatures roam around our houses?

Our pets are part of our family
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My dog, Ace, curled up in his bed in the car to come visit me.

Why do we let creatures live and roam around our houses?

This is a question I find very interesting. I am going to be honest. I have some reasoning as to why we have pets and love them, will that answer the question? Probably not, but it is interesting to think about.

While I am going to primarily talk about dogs, this applies to all pets.

A little backstory for you.

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I have always been a dog person; growing up my family had a dog. We got him when I was around two-years-old. When he passed, it took a little while before we got another. The dog my family has now we got as a rescue.

Seeing as this is the case there is not much time I was without a dog.

This past weekend, I went home and got to see my dog again. I was so happy to see him and hang around the house with him since I was sick most of the weekend.

He always greets us at the door and likes to cuddle and give kisses. He waits until everyone is in their rooms before going to bed himself for the night.

He is a good boy.

When I was sitting on the couch, I watched him walk into the kitchen and thought. “Why do we let some creatures wander around our houses?”

Very random I know. It is just something I hadn’t thought too much about since I had a dog growing up.

It is an interesting concept that we pick out an animal and say, “Yup this one is cute and cuddly. It is coming home with me.”

Who picks what animals are pets?

I guess most animals can be pets, but not all can really live inside. It seems people automatically think of dogs and cats. Then, if you expand more, there are birds, hamsters, fish, gerbils and more. But more animals can be inside pets: snakes, spiders, bugs, chinchillas, pigs, sugar gliders, etc.

These animals become a part of our lives and our families. People take time out of their day to take them on walks, feed them and play with them. We buy them beds or let them sleep on our own.

There are costumes, coats, clothes and so much more. Not only are there clothes but there are things like spas for pets as well. They do a lot of things for pets nowadays.

Pets become so integrated into our lives that they can become our best friends. They are loyal to us and show their affection.

Since we got my current dog, I have wondered what his backstory is. What was his life like before us?

If only animals could talk.

Honestly, I don’t think we will ever know, but that is okay because he is with us now and he is a great dog.

There are a lot of reasons to love pets–I know I adore my dog. It’s odd to think about their ancestors being creatures out in the wild, and now we have them in our houses and even let them sleep in our beds.

Geske can be reached at [email protected].

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Sophie Geske, Sports Editor
Sophie Geske is a third-year business administration and journalism student. This is her third semester on the spectator. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, hanging out with friends, getting coffee, reading books or just relaxing.

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