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I think it is mostly to fill a hole, a lack of affection. Maybe something that we find hard to get from humans, it's easier to get it from animals since they don't judge.
Maybe it's also to feel we're helping. We want to feel that we are needed so by providing a pet what he needs: food, water a home, and also affection it makes us feel good.
Maybe we also feel the need to have control, so we try to get control over our pets. Like training our dog could make us feel we have the control, it makes us feel superior.
Other than that, I don't think there is any other use to have pets. If we wouldn't have affective problems, I don't think we would really feel the need to have pets. Except, or course, where they can help for example, at the farm, or dogs for blind people. These are great benefits that aren't from an affective problem.
I have an affective problem because I would like to have all the animals in the world lol. I would like them to be all friendly to me, and if I see an animal that doesn't like me, I sometimes take it personally and feel hurt.
That's my opinion.
boooooo! Boo! Hiss! On Gerjotte answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JFC! WTF! I guess she never heard of a working companion dog. Never had working dogs in her life used for sheep herding, hunting pheasant or leading the blind or reminding diabetics to take thier meds, or CROWD CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMFG! It's a well known fact that having a pet - any pet extends the life of people.
I wish I had 10 different Hub ID's so that I can negate her answer 10 times over!
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Rip, Tear, shaking head -looking down - hand thrown up in the air. I feel sorry for you lady - ------
Pets love us unconditionally..its like no matter what, they will be there for us waiting for us. I still remember the pet chick I had it used to run as soon as she saw me and how she wanted to sit on my lap and even if the couch was too high for her size to jump to,, she always attempted to jump so she could be with me.. and finally one day she made it to the couch..lol (sorry, i started blabbing about my pet story)
omg i love pets
I don't think its to do with an affective problem at all.
I have a beautiful girlfriend who gives me all the affection I could want, and my family are also loving. But yet I would still love to have a kitten and puppy!
I think its just the idea of looking after the pet and them looking after you too, yes that is affection, but it certainly isn't a problem. Just human nature!
the thing i love most about my dog is his un conditanal love he knows when iam upset and he always trys to chear me up other things protection companonship love and trust are all things you get from a oet not to mention the fact that something living needs your care and love
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