A pet should be your friend........
worthy of care, respect, your offerings, your humility, your hospitality.......etc
In the end, it is my dog who lets me cry without telling me to 'hush' or to 'quit crying'. He never tells me to shut up, when I express rage or disappointment.
At the end of the day.......he is still a dog. He, as a domesticated animal, is dependant on me, not I on him. I allow him all the protection and care that a dog should have, but he is not a person.