n a new book on demographics set to be published next week, Jonathan V. Last writes that pets now outnumber children 4 to 1 in America. The book is titled What to Expect When No One‚Äôs Expecting.
‚ÄúIn 1994 Americans spent $1.7 billion on pets; by 2008 that number had risen to $4.3 billion. By 2010, even in the face of a massive recession, it had climbed over $4.8 billion. The evidence suggests that pets are increasingly treated like actual family members: In 1998, the average dog-owning American household spent $383 on medical care for their dogs; by 2006, that figure had risen to $672.‚ÄĚ...
6 and counting. No picnic. Very rewarding. Very tiring. Wonderful friends. No boats. Will be wonderful to have in the family business until they take off to start their own families. Then who knows what blessings there will be and how many lovers of God there will be. We just pray, train & love. No cakewalk though.
Well, after dealing with our local Humane Society, taking a crash course on dog training, plus hiring a professional trainer for 6 weeks, and spending close to a thousand dollars on a dog within 2 weeks, all I can say is raising children was much easier!!! So, for the young men and women who might be reading this, please get married, have a baby and get a goldfish for a pet...
Lady_Virtue wrote: Does anyone see the sadness in this? Of course, it's not that raising kids is a picnic, but still, God's Word says children are a blessing (see Psalms 127 and 128). To equate or value animals above children is not Biblical.
Well, let's see a purebred pet can add to a family's social status, children don't, especially get into trouble with the law. Many mongrels make good watch dogs, and protect a family's property, kids are in house destroyers.
Hmm, apparently The Disciplining of Children is something that goes on for years, it takes the patience of a saint, i.e., Christian to do that right. Also a good home, needs both parents, something lacking in modern America, Husbands and Wives As Parents is what is called for. One person can raise a dog, cat, or even better a goldfish.
I mentioned something about farmers in another message, and there is a large decline in farms in the U.S., and children can sometimes be an asset on those too besides cats and a good border collie. None of these are all that great for apartment living.