Maybe we are in the minority, but the pets in our family definitely have their "person." I would never dream of taking Leeloo from my hubs and Gypsy will stay with me no matter what. I don't think it's a matter of seeing them as "objects" or anything like that, it just tends to be one person who bonds to them and takes responsibility for vet bills, food, etc. although when we had a snake she was definitely shared.
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