They say having a pet will make you live longer. I think it just makes us better people. Just like having a child, something depends on you to take care of it.
When I had my daughter my whole life turned on its head. Instead of being about me, everything was about her, still is for the most part. It’s crazy to think that someone totally depends on you. But it does make you step up and be a better person. For whatever reason, it’s easier to do that for someone else than for ourselves.
That, my friends, is why we have pets and children. True story.