The final days of 2014 have brought us to look closely at our relationships both human-to-human and human to pet. There are many stories of cruelty to animals, which will not be belabored here. Instead let’s focus on the many positive stories of animals we have all come to think about. The many animal assistance members, being trained in our prisons, have given us something to consider while we discuss our current legal system. These animals are so often coming from shelters and rose for a specific period of time by the prisoners and then passed to another group of prisoners to be trained for assistance. Does this help society? And is it a positive use of the time being spent while incarcerated? When we consider the cost of a service animal ($25,000.00 to $35,000.00) it would seem that it is. However, does it teach a useful trade for the prisoner upon release?
Our pets have so much to give back to society and we seem to be missing the point. America has always used animals to help with work, whether on a farm or in a security based business, we have had working animals. Certainly, we have had our pets work for us, but we have also built a business surrounding pets, www.amazon.com ‘pet purses or carriers’, yes the purse has now become a carrier for our smallest of friends. Our reading material abounds when discussing our pets anywhere from magazines (www.citidog.com) to college professors getting their doctorate (Ph.D.) while raising a pet as the topic “Born to Bark” by Stanley Coren (Regional Library or www.barnesandnoble.com). There are many different professional employment types where dogs are considered an asset, from legal (assistant dog for the person testifying to allow the person to feel not threatened or to any human in the justice system who is requiring the aid of a service animal. And who could forget the book “Until Tuesday: A wounded warrior and the dog who saved him” eclipsing into Tuesday tucks me in: The Loyal bond between a soldier and his service dog” both by Luis Carlos Montalvan We can preview of this classic teaching tool (www.youtube.com). And we cannot forget the industries of insurance; besides the health insurance for our pets some automobile insurance will include our pets in our coverage when they are being transported in our automobile.
Yes, even Bloomberg News is reporting on the impact of pets in our financial world. Perhaps for 2015 we need to have a look at just what amount of our financial future depends on pets, service animals and the future impact they will have.