That it did. This love I have for animals. It began in my youth. I was drawn to dogs and cats. I wanted the warmth and love and affection they offered. I never felt fear or discomfort and couldn't understand those who did. What's to fear in a dog? I often wondered. Even a Rottweiler or a Doberman Pinscher. Or, a German Shepard, cause back in the day, those were the dogs everyone feared and raged against.
In my youth... I recognized the real value of a pet. I didn't yet know that any animal could be a pet. Perhaps there were homes with lizards and ferrets, back then in the 50s and 60s, but I didn't know of any. And those who had birds...well, I didn't think of birds as pets because I was ill-informed about the nature of birds and their capacity to love.