We animal lovers here at The Daily Wag are honored to be part of Petside's annual pet blog event. This year the topic is one that is near and dear to our hearts....It's a celebration of pets as members of the family!
As a psychologist, I actually get asked questions about what I think of this fairly often. Many wonder if it is healthy or unhealthy to consider and refer to companion animals as kin.
As part of a regular initial interview with an individual, couple or family, I always inquire about companion animals in the home and throughout one's history. I feel the role that animals play in our lives is critical. Our connections with animals early in life and that which we witness regarding their treatment has a far reaching impact that I believe often goes unacknowledged.
I address this issue in today's video blog- where I discuss the benefits of considering companion animals as full fledged family members!
Be sure the check out the other great blogs that are part of today's event at Petside.com!
Dr. Pia Salk