Pets demand large amounts of time, attention, work and money. Yet rich or poor, young or old, male or female, married or single, many of us happily have at least one.
Memorial Park vicinity
What differentiates dog and cat owners? You can conduct your day with minimal accommodation to a cat. Dogs are aggressively inclusive. You have to structure them into your day.
Has your pet taught you anything? I've learned patience and coexistence without capitulation a lesson useful for marriage, too.
What's the most exotic pet you've seen? A friend whose father traveled a lot brought him back a monkey one day. What do you do with a monkey?
Do pets improve their owners? They call on you to grow in ways beneficial to human relationships.
Food and beverage manager
Do you own a pet? I have a cat that I happily inherited when I married my wife.
Has your pet taught you anything? Someone who demands unconditional love doesn't necessarily return it.
What's your pet's worst-ever behavior? Peeing on the floor, or on my clothes.
Do pets improve their owners? Pets are dependent on us. Caring for them instills patience and responsibility.
Old Colorado City
Production manager, engineering firm
Do you have a pet? We have two cats and a dog.
How do dog and cat people differ? Dogs require time and emotional investment. Cats are independent. Their owners come and go as they want.
What have you learned from pets? It fills me with joy to see how thrilled my dog is to see me when I come home. What if I conveyed similar pleasure in seeing someone every day, too?
Describe one pet's most trying behavior. We have a very sweet cat who sleeps between my and my husband's pillows. He purrs really loud and keeps reaching out to touch my cheek during the night, and he's not de-clawed.
What's the most exotic pet you've had? I used to have a variety of chickens, turkeys and goats all while living in the city.