“I've given birth twice, buried one of them....non human animals are not children or family members. Anthropomorphism is an unhealthy thing, IMO...animals can be an important and satisfying part of our lives, but they are not humans.” I have to lost a child. A 4 1/2 month old. I am sorry for your loss. Anthropomorphism - all of my animals are a part of my family. It may not be normal but created by society. I know this because I have Complex PTSD from constant opinions, abuse and neglect from other humans who have always hurt me. I am also highly sensitive and can feel my animals emotions. Not one of them have ever mistreated me and they know I will go the distance for them. I recently nursed a goose from birth who had foot to leg disease. The vet said he will never walk. I CHOSE to help him. He is 25 weeks old and is almost completely up and standing tall. I could have gave up but I chose not to because that is God’s job. Others don’t want to go to extreme lengths to save an animal and thats ok. It is not our responsibility to carry them but some of us because of life circumstances not only depend but need the companionship and emotional connection that an animal will give unconditionally. Here are why my animals matter sometimes more than people. I learned early on that animals have emotion. I have a large goose herd and I can control everyone of them with my eye only. If I am upset, they will come and wonder why I am upset. If I cry, the whole group will stay until I quit. I go to the coups as my secret place that feels so close to God and this is where I pray every morning. All of my birds will sit down with me until I am done. God has keepers for His animals and it was intentional. If you believe in a higher being as I do, God made animals before us. That means he considered them necessary to be here on earth to provide for us. He put them before us because we needed them before we got here. It does not say for food or emotion but he definitely created them before us so there is a message there for us. As society began to fail, humans found that animals could easily take a person’s place for emotional comfort. It is there, a person only has to look for it. I lost a 4 month old. After everyone left and bid me farewell, I turned around and who grieved with me, soothed me and made sure I was not left alone? My little dog. Everyday until I was done not him. He did not stop checking on me after two weeks. He did not allow me to give up. If I would not get up, he would get me up so he could go “outside.” Sometimes he never had to go. He slept 14 hr days when everyone else told me I should be over it. He also saved me from a kitchen fire that started while sick in bed from grief. He helped me through so much life and he lived like a king for his comfort and connection he gave me when everyone else left me. Anthropomorphism - imo is a word created to make up for humans who have long failed to care for their human counterparts and won’t come down to a level of emotion that all animals possess because they may be able to handle the horrific definition of society that has been redefined based on hatred and lack of compassion. One person may have lots of people to lean on while others such as myself have lost 9 family members in the last two years and people are far and few in between. Others never needed anyone to be there and most humans rely on animals because society tells you to get up, harden yourself and carry on. Sometimes, as hard as you pray, people continue to fail you. None of my animals have ever turned their backs or looked down upon me, laughed at me or mocked me. Sometimes, When society is too busy for your small or large grievence, grabbing a chicken is good for the soul. Sometimes when you suffer great abuse and no longer trust people, rest assured your animal will not do that to you. Animals are replacing what humans can no longer provide. Ask these people and see what they believe: Nursing home residents who only have a weekly visit from a service dog to brighten their day. K-9 officers who train and rely on their animals emotions to keep them and others safe every day. The shut in who was forgotten by everyone except a curious rooster who could use a companion as well. The inmates in prisons who are experiencing rehabilitation through animals and have a better success rate with an animal as they leave the gates to never re-entering that same prison... something humans have been unable to stop. Hospice patients no longer able to speak their emotions but felt by an animal until they go home. I am very thankful that God has placed my animals for me to provide food and Love unconditionally. I have even watched a dying chicken in a hole down on my belly waiting for it to pass, tears in my eyes, as the chicken continued to look at me as if to say, “I trust you and it is ok.” I am sorry you have lost out on many opportunities to experience a love so deep it compares to no human emotion and did not realize that animals see our hearts on our sleeves way before we do.