TOEFL Essay Topic 182 - Many people have a close relationship with their pets. These people treat their birds, cats, or other animals as members of their family. In your opinion, are such relationships good? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
I do not think any thing wrong with being close to one’s pets, having a dog myself; however, pets are
I do not think any thing wrong with being close to one’s pets, having a dog myself; however, pets are just pets, treating them like family members is a bit too extreme in my points of view. Not that too close a relationship is not good though, since study has shown those neglected by others often turn to animals for conversation and by doing that they actually feel accepted and less lonely. Pets are indeed good friends for loners.
However, spending too much time with one’s pet can influence one’s character, in a bad way. A friend of mine had a cat some years ago, a lovely purely-bred. She started talking to the cat after a while, treating it like a human-being capable of rational thinking. She became less sociable and very irritable at work and we all thought her sudden change of temperament was due to the pressure and stress in the company. One day I went to her house and I was shocked to see that she treated the cat like an equal. She helped the cat to food first before we started dinner, she let the cat choose channel by putting its paws on the remote control and she talked of the cat with such fondness that one would suspect she was talking of her own child. I was horrified. Why one can go to such extremes to spoil her pet is beyond my understanding and it is certainly not a healthy relationship. I have once seen a dog wearing brand shoes on all four paws and a bright jumper; it strikes me as total madness.
However, one should treat his pet well. A pet is after all a life and all lives on earth deserve good treatment, love and care. Giving a dog or some other animal to a young child whose parents are spoiling him is a good way to teach him what is to love and care for others, apart from being loved and cared for. And a pet is a good playmate to a little child especially if his parents are busy out working. Safety precautions should be taken if the pet we are talking about here is some big animals like a dog but in most cases, it is not an issue of concern. Child learns a lot from playing with the family pet and it is indeed a good thing to get close to a pet in this case. The dog is a loyal friend and the child learns to be loyal to his friends once he sees how the dog, his pet, would sacrifice its life to save that of its master’s, as has happened countless times before; the touching stories are often reported in newspaper and some magazines.
On the whole, it is definitely good to get close to one’s pet but the thing is not to go extreme. Pets are human’s friends and indeed we should cherish and take care of these loyal friends.
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