Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Do you have a pet?” Of the 255 people who responded, 58% said yes and 42% said no. Comments were submitted by 75 people. A few follow.
Absolutely. I have a dog, cat and parakeet. They are family. They bring so much joy and happiness.
We have three grand-dogs. We used to have dogs, but not anymore.
My little Chihuahua has been a loving friend who showers me with unconditional love 24/7/365!
I have three dogs and two cats. They are the light of my life.
My sweet cat is the love of my life…he is my family. Animals are much kinder than most humans and I wish more people would treat them as sentient beings.
Pets play an important role in the lives of seniors.
We had a dog for 12 years. She died about 10 years ago. They all steal your heart and quickly become part of the family. A pet is great for kids. It teaches them responsibility.
I feed birds and squirrels instead. No walks and no vets
Two cats. One is 14 years old and the other 17. They are my best buddies. Pets are such great companions, especially when you’re alone as I am.
We rescued a dog four years ago. My wife had always had dog but Frieda is the first dog I’ve ever owned (I’m now almost 73). She has me has her wrapped around her little paw.
Always had a dog, always will.
I would have a dog if I lived in a house. Living in an apartment, dogs are not permitted unless they are therapy dogs.
One of my pets is a special needs, geriatric Chihuahua. At 6 pounds, she is blind, deaf, toothless, in early kidney failure and her knees can’t bend. Eighteen months ago she was traumatized by the sudden death of her owner of 16 years. She is now 17 ½ years old — a fearless, vocal,
energizer bunny who loves her food and cruises across the dog park without regard for any person or animal who crosses her path. Her trust in us, in the universe and in Hashem, inspires me every day.
I have been blessed with a few wonderful dogs throughout my life. Each was a special, loving, intelligent, loyal member of the family. One is growing old with me now. PJC