By Mike Fahey:
"Since the dawn of time, man has had close bonds with the animal kingdom. Many Native American tribes revered animal spirits as part of their rituals and celebrations. The ancient Egyptians worshiped gods depicted as humanoids with animal heads. Zeus, king of the Greek gods, liked to turn into a bull and mate with human women. Perhaps that's a bad example. The point is that we relate to animals. We talk to our pets...give them human names, assign them human behaviors, and we talk about them in terms of family. We enjoy sharing our lives with them".