Pets provide us with loyalty, companionship, love, and affection, as well as many physical and psychological benefits. Having a relationship with an animal is in many ways just as rewarding as interacting with human beings. Pets give us unconditional love and have no preconceptions.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For when his day’s work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord’s watch in the night against the adversary.
For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
(Excerpt from Christopher Smart's "Jubilate Agno.")