The Ambivalent Bond with a Ball of Fur

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In Natalie Angier’s “The Ambivalent Bond with a Ball of Fur,” Angier feels that the bond between humans and pets is hard to understand. She states that we love and adore our pets that we lavish all our time and money on them. We leave our assets and rely on our pets for comfort but still can abandon them when times get tough. I believe people bond with their pets because they give us a sense of security and comfort both physically and emotionally. In her article, Angier points out how pets are the antidote to human judgment and the fog of human speech meaning pets protect us from human judgment and criticism and even though they can’t speak our language they listen to our every command. We rely on our pets to comfort us when we are judged and hurt mentally. Pets provide us emotional comfort and can even, explained by Angier, be like a pillow that helps us through our tough lives. While Angier believes that the bond between humans and pets is complex, I feel that it is much simpler. I bond with my dog Bo because she makes me feel safe and physically protects me. I used to live in neighborhood that had a lot of stray dogs that were ferocious. One day, one of the stray dogs decide to come running barking at me while I was walking Bo. The stray, now in front me, jumped towards my body tenaciously. Bo being a large pit bull overpowered the stray and chased it away. I felt really connected with Bo at that time because I knew she really wanted to protect me. We also bond with our pets because of the emotionally security they provide us. My cousin Kim had a little schnauzer dog who she would always rely on when she was lonely. No one really liked hanging out with Kim because she was different. On Friday nights instead of going out she would stay home with her dog knowing that her dog doesn’t care about who she is. Even though Kim didn’t have friends to keep her

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