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Not a four-legged fan

By Eric Hamilton (Contact)


Published August 17, 2012

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It seems like everywhere I look on Facebook, tons of people are posting photos of their animals. Whether it's a new family dog or a little kitten, it seems like they are everywhere.

My view on pets is probably an unpopular one — I know it is with my 9-year-old daughter who is an animal lover. While she's in that "I love horses" stage, I'm not so much. I have never had a soft spot for animals.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an avid hunter and I don't abuse or neglect four-legged creatures. I just don't get into snuggling up with a cat, buying pet's presents for their birthday or calling them "part of the family."

My kids to own a few pets — a cat and two rabbits. They do a decent job of feeding them and giving them some attention. When they forget a feeding, I do it — even if it's at midnight.

These pets are "outside pets." We live out of town and back off the main road, so the cat roams the yard and the fields behind and beside us. But she's never too far away for the kids to pet her and for her to eat. Her food is in the garage and at night - especially in the winter - I let her sleep in the garage.

But that's as close as she'll get to living inside. Animals belong outside. At least that's my opinion.

Like I said, I'm not a big animal fan. I respect the fact that there are many who love pets for various reasons, but I just don't know what all the fuss is about.

Feel free to comment and tell me why your pet means so much to you and your family.

 


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