Every family has their own Marley or Garfield. The children’s mess is not enough. The food they throw on the floor must be eaten and regurgitated by a naughty dog or a lazy cat. Let’s add some barking or meowing to the baby’s crying! People get a pet the same way they buy something to put on their shelves. They don’t consider all the implications of having an animal around and they end up raising the pets the same way they do with their kids: clueless and without any planning.