I believe some of the most important lessons we learn in life as children are from sharing love and companionship with a pet. I think dogs in particularly help us learn more about compassion and humanity than many other things we do and I believe its important for children to grow up with a pet to care for and about. I think these lessons carry us well into adult hood and help us learn how to share, how to care and nurture, how to trust and many other wonderful lessons. I still learn from animals as an adult.
Or maybe I have just been incredibly fortunate with the wonderful and loving pets I have had the pleasure to know throughout my life to this point.