My Google+ page is overflowing with images and comments and stories about pets, pets, pets. About how we love our pets...how they're part of our family...how we would give up coffee, candy, whatever, if it meant keeping our pets. Pinterest, too. After all, pets are so photogenic (when you can get them to sit still, that is!)
And, it's all true. I know it is. I would run into a burning building for my pets (or my kids, yes, I would run into a burning building for any family member). Most of the people reading this would, too. (yes, we'd even risk being arrested...as the person in the story linked above was)
Some people say they would run into a burning building, and they say pets are family, but when push comes to shove... the pet gets pushed aside in favor of other family members.
Now, don't get me wrong, I know things come up in a family and decisions have to be made and money can be an issue. If a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness and it means $$$ is tight, why not put the dog up for adoption, take the cat to a shelter, whatever it takes to save that extra hundred bucks a month?