Animals (cats and dogs) have always been very much part of our lives. In fact there is a photo of me at one year old sitting on a wall with my legs dangling and a little kitten sitting next to me. Her name was Scatty and started my love of animals, big and small.
My grandmother also taught me a lot about animals, she could catch fish in the river with her hands, taught a rabbit to use a cat litter tray and had a cat she used to move away from the fire all the time because it laid so close its fur kept scorching.
My husband gained the nickname of "Tick" when he wandered into dog kennels in Kenya at the age of six months and got covered in them - ticks I mean.
Having animals of our own (most of which are rescues themselves) we understand that your pet is your "baby", our pets are our "babies" and as such should be treated to the best care possible.