Ever seen a toddler squeal with delight as their new pup licks their face? Or watched a Burmese cat snuggle and purr under the chin of a bed-ridden elderly patient? Ever wondered why boys love to keep snakes?

Pets. We love ‘em.

Their unconditional loyalty, their ability to teach life’s basics and their uncanny knack of making life’s problems disappear, if only for a minute or two.

After half a century of living and breathing pets, we know this much to be true: life’s better with a pet, but they can’t care for themselves.