(taken from the CGLogic Free Reader)

A survivalist friend once told me an Indian legend that explains man’s and dog’s relationship. The Creator, seeking to divide humans from the animals made a chasm to appear in the earth, ever widening, separating mankind from the animal kingdom. Just before the gap became too wide, the dog leaped to the side of man.

Whether in legend, fiction or fact, pets, and cats and dogs in particular, have come to fulfill a tremendous role amongst humans.

WebMD reveals, “A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help you get dates.”

Cats have served as purring companions to people for centuries. When they weren’t being killed for suspected ties to witchcraft. Dogs have served not only as companions but as service animals, guide dogs, rescue workers and have a distinguished history in military service.

As reported by PetPlace.com:

“It’s “reigning” cats and dogs and all other pets in this country according to the latest statistics from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). New figures just released from APPMA’s 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey (NPOS) show pet ownership is currently at its highest level, with 63 percent of all U.S. households owning a pet which equates to more than 69 million households. That’s up from 64 million in 2002 and 51 million in 1988 when APPMA’s tracking began.

According to the 375 page survey that tracks hundreds of pet ownership trends, Americans own approximately 73 million dogs, 90 million cats, 139 million freshwater fish, 9 million saltwater fish, 16 million birds, 18 million small animals and 11 million reptiles.”