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Linda & Richard Eyre: Should you have kids or pets?

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  • Just saying 7 Indianapolis, IN
    June 18, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    I do not think it is either/or children or pets. Only those who have limited capacity for love would say so. My human children are special to me, but I also acknowledge the sacredness of the pets we have and have an obligation to show them love and compassion as the Savior's blood was shed for them too. To those who have pets, there is something just that more special about your flesh and blood. To those with children, any mother can coo over her own but what about loving all creatures with divine love?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 18, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Neither, if you don't want 'em. You don't need anybody's approval or permission to live the life you want.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    June 18, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    I worry about our society in general when children are not a large part of the equation. We get "concerned" citizens who want to tell parents how to raise their children, but have none of their own. We find intolerant adults who openly shun those who bring children into public places because they are simply not used to how children behave or are uncomfortable around them. One of the most refreshing things about moving from Washington State to Utah was the number of playgrounds and facilities dedicated to children, rather than pets (where there were more dog parks than playgrounds), and having five kids was pretty normal, rather than a complete novelty among my coworkers.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 18, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    The proper answer is this -- have both. Have a reasonable number of children (2-3) and a reasonable number of pets (a cat and a dog). AND teach the children to properly care for the pets. That's the best of all worlds.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    June 17, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    There is absolutely nothing.....literally nothing.....that compares to a baby/child/person in your family. True, it is not always possible or appropriate for everyone, but the idea of being able to have only a child or a pet and seeing someone chose the pet....wow, that doesn't even compute.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    June 17, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    Go Pope Go! I couldn't agree more. Anyone who thinks that a pet is a substitute or an alternative to a child.....isn't really thinking!