What's the most important thing we learn from our pets?

 

Cathy and I have known each other since high school. We've been married going on 27 years now. Over that time, we've had a couple cats, some fish; but mostly, we've had dogs. Basset Hounds. That's the breed Cathy loves the most. We've had six bassets.

Maize and her human, Dave
From the Bergchives

We can learn a lot from our pets. The most important thing is loyalty. A new poll found that dog owners are much more likely to be faithful to their human partner than any other kind of pet owner. That makes a lot of sense. Dogs are pretty high-maintenance. Cats, fish, hamsters or snakes don't need a whole lot of care like dogs do. Cats are pretty anti-social and can be left to themselves. Dogs aren't that independent. They need exercise; they need to go out; they crave and need attention and companionship. They are pretty dependent.

So, a dependable dog owner is much more likely to be a dependable, faithful partner.