Animals have always been an intricate part of my life. Where once I did not have human friends to play with I was fortunate enough to have my animals.
While I was young we had dogs and now for the last several decades, we have had both cats and dogs. Addressing people who are not animal lovers, I would say it is very difficult to explain what joy an animal can bring to one's life.
For a lonely little girl, they are the friends she needs so urgently. For the elderly or shut-ins, an animal may be their last remaining friend on earth.
Animals provide joy, companionship, and laughter to our lives. When Loren (Caddo) came home from the army, he was greeted by his soon-to-become lifelong companion, Buck, a beautiful black lab. Buck assisted him in hunting and trapping and guarded the family farm while providing hours of sheer pleasure.
Seeing-eye dogs and other trained animals for handicapped individuals perform services by assisting their masters in their daily activities, from carrying large objects to directing a blind person through traffic.
Animals save our lives in many ways. For example, they guard our properties and perform heroic feats. Many still remember the canines thatassisted and/or lost their lives during the 9/11 attack. Similarly, the police dog is considered a genuine officer and is given the same respect as any human officer in the force. This dog in turn, will give his/her life in the line of duty.
Furthermore, animals give their lives for the advancement of science. Lab rats are poked, prodded, injected with chemical substances and operated upon, all so that we may find new cures for the many diseases that threaten our quality of life. There are good arguments to support this line of research, especially if it means an animal's sacrifice saves the life of a human being. There are also good arguments to support the argument that much of the research done on animals is without justification. For example, rabbits were once sprayed in the eyes with...