The exaggerated affection some people show their pets may reflect a lack of affection they feel coming from friends and family. Dogs and cats, and other pets as well, often show an unconditional devotion to their masters, which is comforting. But we are still their masters. They weren't created in the image of God, nor given dominion over the other creatures of the earth (Gen. 1:28). Nor can we relate to them with anything like the depth with which we can relate to other human beings. Animals are too different from us, and as the saying goes, "Like knows like."
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