|"Tending animals leads to responsibility,patience,compassion and an awareness of something else that matters more than ones self. The animals and their needs teach us dedication. Daily chores and feeding make us forego our own desires and pleasures at times, for the animals and their needs must come first. Owning animals extracts a commiment and we become responsible for their care. It's like a marriage-not something you enter into lightly nor refuse to take seriously. the human-animal relationship can build strength of character,reliability,deeper understanding, and can pave the way for greater patience and understanding in human relationships. When we learn with animals often stands us in good stead for many other aspects of living."