The 5 Reasons We Are Jealous of Our Pets

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Everyone already knows why we love our dogs and cats: they’re furry, cute, and have quirky little personalities.

What is not discussed is why we are so jealous of them. So why do we envy our pets so much?

  • They are vastly morally superior to us – Dogs and cats don’t hold grudges, discriminate against others because they are different (unless maybe if they are a rabbit!), or start wars (again, except possibly with the rabbits). In short, they are much more virtuous than we could ever hope to be.
  • Their every need is taken care of – Our pets don’t have to worry about a job, mortgage, or where their next meal will come from. Not only that, their every whim is catered to, whether it is to be taken for a walk outside, played with, or given a snack or treat. Don’t we wish we could have someone, maybe such as our spouse, cater to us all day and every day? (keep dreaming) 
  • They get to sleep all day – Being able to take naps during the day is great. I know, because retired people like me take full advantage of this!
  • They have a full head of hair (or fur) – This only applies to some of us older men, but if you were as follicly-challenged as I am, you would also envy your pet for all their furry glory. 
  • No fear of death – Our pets are blissfully unaware that they will someday die, and so are able to live fully in the present. Have you ever watched as your dog chews on a bone or cat plays with a toy mouse? They never have to experience the painful awareness of their inevitable demise—just pure joy.

I have always told Elaine that if and when I come back after I die, I want to come back as our dog Munson. He, like the rest of our pets, has the life we all envy.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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