Who here takes on far too many animals than they can actually responsibly care for? You can love your pet but not be a hoarder.
As per the children comment, I doubt we’ll live that long to even think about children. It ain’t over but it ain’t gonna get easier yet.
You can think about children at any time, if you’re male.
I think a lot of women are simply pet nuts because life has passed them by and they don’t have either a man or children.
I don’t think that anybody here necessarily takes on too many pets, but the pet-as-child-substitute syndrome is a major American dysfunction. I see things like strong, healthy young men and women wheeling a pug along in a baby stroller or an older couple with a chimp dressed up as a baby all the time here in my tourist town. Frankly, it’s sick.