|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 2017|
More than half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both, valued solely for the companionship that they provide. This is a significant change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, or herding sheep. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past, posits anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, who argues here that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, if we do not continue this symbiotic relationship, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.