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Some people have children. I have my dog. If someone were to tell me to give up my dog, it is EXACTLY like they were suggesting that I give up a child.

I'm not telling anybody to give up their pets.

However, the idea that pet = child always surprises me. I've had a dead child and two dead dogs. My first baby died in 1979 and it took me about 20 years to recover. I still cry sometimes about that baby. My beloved German shepherd (the best dog I've ever known) died in 1996, and I recovered within about a year.

There is just no comparison.

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