There was a question asked within the last year (I think) that was something like 'Why do people have pets if they know they are going to die before they do? How can they handle the grief?" There was a response post to the question explaining that love for a pet was unique in that you go into the relationship knowing that, most likely, you will outlive the pet and that therefore this is a noble kind of love etc. etc.
posted by lucy.jakobs to MetaFilter-Related at 7:38 AM (16 comments total)
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I can't find this exact comment and I'd like to. I've searched through the archives but just can't seem to find it. Note that I did find this
comment while searching which expresses the same sort of sentiment, though it is in response to a different question.