A dictionary defines this word in the following way:
1. A convenient arrangement, a settlement or compromise;
2. The process of adapting or adjusting to someone or something;
3. Temporary lodgings;
4. An available space for occupants in a building, vehicle, or vessel.
Our household has been evolving in the second definition for the past twelve years. Technically our accommodation process involved growing from two to four adults, zero to three children and zero to two pets. Each growth has had its reward and challenges. We are now required to avail of the fourth definition by increasing our space for occupation.
Animals have been domesticated and became friends and companions to humans for a long time. It is estimated that dogs were domesticated 16,000 years ago and cats around 4,000 years. We have been cohabiting for a long time.
Covid and lockdown has generated a huge interest in getting, having, and keeping pets. All pet charities report huge volumes of enquiries and uptake of adoption of animals.
In addition, there is a body of evidence which points to the benefits of caring for an animal, from increased physical activity, increased body strength and the benefits of their companionship from the comfort of touch to the breaking of isolation. All great reasons to have a pet.
Over the past nine years I have watched how our rescue mutt, Dobby, as he has accommodated to his changing situation and here is the result of my observations.
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