1. A pet is an animal that people keep for companionship and enjoyment.
2. Many different kinds of pets can be found throughout the world.
3. Some people have dogs, cats and birds. Others have hamsters, guinea pigs and lizards. Some even have mice, rats, snakes and spiders. Many people have fish.
Horses, sheep and pigs are considered pets by some people. Some even keep chickens, ducks and rabbits as pets.
A pet doesn't necessarily live in the house. They can live in a stable, corral or outdoor enclosure of some kind.
5. There is now a medically-approved class of "therapy animals," mostly dogs, who are brought to visit people who are homebound or in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Dogs and monkeys have been trained to assist people who are challenged in some physical way. Seeing-eyed dogs assist their blind owners and other dogs will alert their deaf owner when the phone is ringing or when someone comes to the door. There are even dogs that have been trained to known when their owner is going to have a seizure.
6. Some pets also spend time working to help the people who own them.
7. There are dogs that hold down jobs such as working with police departments to locate criminals, lost people and detect drugs or explosives. While these dogs are working they are considered to be a valued partner to their trainer. The trainer usually takes them home and they become a member of the family.
8. All pets require work. No one should consider having a pet unless they are prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for it.
9. The pet food and supplies is a muti-million dollar industry.
10. Having a pet has been known to make people happier and healthier.