Another question or thought. You said “Pets force of us to care for vulnerable beings who bring us joy and require our care in order to survive.” I agree with that in principle, but what if you really can’t? You physically can’t care for anything. Let’s say C3 quad, TBI no movement but the slight ability to turn your head from side to side.
How do pets help or do they in this case? I don’t get it.
Currently I’m at my max of things that require my care to survive, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 kids, and a C3 quadriplegic husband. And yes I do get joy from these. But I actually don’t know if they (pets, kids, wife) bring my husband any joy at all..
Maybe they bring him heartache because he can’t care for them, because he can’t stroke and caress them, because he can’t nurture them. Don’t know. Do you ever think that a disability can be so severe and limiting that anything and everything reminds you of just what you can’t do?
When you literally can not do a thing for yourself, can’t really be left alone unattended, and can’t care for yourself, your wife, your kids or your pets what is there really?