"The love of a creature who loves you every bit as much as you love it can never be matched with your love for another. It is not above nor less than the love you share with your partner, children or other family members and friends; it is simply different and beyond compare.
When a mother has a child of her own, the child grows up under her unyielding protection. From the child's birth, she is the sole lifeline to the continued good health of her offspring. This remains so until the child becomes adult and boy and girl become man and woman. This is the time for the mother to sever the umbilical cord between her and her offspring as they go off into the world to make their own home and family, and it is healthy and proper that this is so.
But a creature pet that is reared by you from infancy will never want or seek to leave your side until the day they die. Their dependency upon you increases each day they live with you and without your constant intervention in their lives they would sicken and starve. The love they give is always 'unqualified' and whatever kind of day they have, the greeting they give you at the start of each day and upon your return from work is always one of being pleased to be in your company.
That is the essential difference between a parent and her child and a mistress and her creature pet." William Forde: March 31st, 2015.